By late fall 2014, you could count on one thing coming up in every conversation with anyone who might ever have listened to NPR: Sarah Koenig’s podcast “Serial.” From hours-long debates over the possible guilt of Adnan Syed — the convicted murderer who was the podcast’s subject — to parodies of the ad for MailChimp, one of the show’s sponsors, that preceded every episode, the engrossing true-crime story seemed to be everywhere.
A flock of talented, resourceful, sometimes-controversial Jews have found ways to harness the Internet to achieve fame. First up: The Fat Jew.
The hosts of the top podcasts in iTunes reads like a passenger manifest on the Exodus — but is there a reason behind it? Josh Nathan-Kazis explores the phenomenon of Jews and podcasting.
No spoilers here about the “Serial” season finale, but Gabrielle Birkner does say this much: The podcast ends with a special thanks to a certain Jewish studies professor.
Sarah Koenig’s ‘Serial’ is the most-listened-to podcast ever. And for good reason. The true crime drama raises questions about stereotypes that all Jews can relate to.