What We Don't Know

Made by Jan Martinez

Created: November 8th, 2015



When thinking about media, and what I interact with on a regular basis, I almost immediately think of podcasts. Like a vegan talking about their meatless lifestyle, I can't shut up about how amazing podcasting is. So, clearly, I wanted to retell a story through this medium. And what better podcast than the chart-topping success that is Serial? And if you don't think the podcast was a big deal, consider that Adnan's case was finally reopened and a judge granted a hearing of the case after fifteen years of fighting. Yea, maybe the show had a little impact.


Even if you don't listen to as many podcasts as I do, you've probably heard of Serial. If you have a "friend" who doesn't know, allow me to explain it to them. A spin-off of This American Life, a popular NPR radio show/podcast, Serial chronicles the story of Adnan Syed and his eventual imprisonment. In 1999, high school senior Hae Min Lee was found dead. Six weeks later, fellow senior and ex Adnan is arrested for her murder. The case seemed simple enough: they broke up and he killed her in a fit of rage. Now, fifteen years later, journalist Sarah Koenig comes across Adnan's story and decides to dig up files and boxes and drawers full of papers about this case. What she finds is a mystery so convoluted, so muddled down, so distorted, that the lines between truth and fiction start to blur.

All of it can be found for free at the show's website



So I listened to a few episodes and cut out pieces where the host, Sarah Koenig, seemed to ramble a bit, confused by the whole situation. I then stitched them all together to make it seem like the semi-incoherent ramblings of someone questioning life and discussing to herself a situation to which we can only guess what it was.



I think it came out ok. Again, this was a project I wish I had devoted more time to. Besides the fact that NPR adds background music to their shows, I think the monologue flows seemlessly.



All clips taken from the show's website, specifically from episodes 1, 4, 11, and 12 of season 1