So I ended the last one talking about the Gilmore Guys podcast. Pop culture has always been a big aspect of the show Gilmore Girls, so there were always references aplenty on the podcast. One of those references Demi would keep making in the early episodes was to Serial and Adnan. Once more to Google I went!
This search revealed what I found literally millions of people had already discovered, the first season of the Serial podcast focusing on the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the trial and subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. Host Sarah Koenig takes a look a the evidence, people involved in the case and possible other suspects to see if maybe Adnan was convicted of a crime he hadn’t committed. If you have any interest in true crime or law this is definitely for you. Each of the 12 episodes is dedicated to different elements of the case – Adnan, the alibi, the inconsistencies, rumours. After the success of the first season of Serial, a second season was announced.
Season 2 of Serial focused on the story of the US soldier Bowe Bergdahl who, while deployed in Afghanistan walked off base and was held captive by the Taliban for five years. His release was negotiated and he returned to the US to then be arrested. At the time the episodes were being released the case was ongoing, and Bergdahl has been charged with two counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and his trial is now set for February 2017.
After I discovered there was a podcast about a show I loved I decided to search iTunes for podcasts about other shows I loved. This brought me to my next podcast obsession: Go Bayside! If you weren’t an 80s or 90s kid you might not know that Bayside is the
fictitious town that Saved By The Bell was based in. So yes, I found a podcast dedicated to SBTB! The premise: April Richardson is a lifelong fan of the show and, like most girls my age, were hopelessly devoted to Zack Morris in their adolescence. Who didn’t love Zack Morris? He was dreamy! Back to the point I’m trying to make here, April invites a friend to her house and they watch and episode of SBTB then discuss its merit and more often than not, the bonkers nature of the story line. This makes for hilarious insights (just why was Mr Belding so invested in this group of friends?), conversation and 80s vs now comparisons (the hair, the clothes, the music, the slang).
Guests on Go Bayside have included Chris Hardwick (yes, of the Nerdist Podcast!), Paul F. Tompkins, Diablo Cody, Jerry Ferrara, Fortune Feimster and Justin Willman. If you grew up loving Zack, Kelly, Slater, Jessie, Lisa and Screech you should 100% give this a listen.
So that wraps up another installment of My Worthless Opinion on Podcasts. There are a few more left that I want to discuss but we’ll leave that for another time.