Back in 2014, Serial became a phenomenon. The podcast, led by host Sarah Koenig, expertly mixed investigative journalism and narrative storytelling to take a fresh look at the case of the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. It was a twist-filled tale that captivated listeners' imaginations, and introduced many to the podcasting medium. The show won a Peabody, and earlier this year, Syed was granted a new trial.
While Serial's second season—which look at the case of Sargent Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his Afghani base only to be captured and held captive for five years by the Taliban—didn't generate anywhere near the same hype (the later success of Making a Murderer might suggest it's really the grisly true crime element that people crave), Koenig and company aren't slowing down anytime soon.
On March 18, Koenig and producer Julie Snyder will bring Serial to the Paramount Theatre with a program subtitled Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of Serial. In a form somewhat resembling an episode of the show (prepare for clips!), the pair will discusses the process of creating Serial, being at the forefront of a new style of journalistic storytelling, and the experience of being an unexpected cultural phenomenon.
Ticket for Koenig and Snyder's Serial live show go on sale this Friday, September 30 at 10am on Ticketmaster.com. Seats run $30–$50 with VIP packages for $100.
Serial: Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder
Mar 18, Paramount Theatre, $30–$100