This piece originally ran on January 6, 2015. Serial season 2 began today. Since you most likely already listened to episode 1 and have to wait one whole week for the next episode, here are some podcasts that might satisfy for your Serial craving. -ed.
Serial has done what This American Life was not able to do: get your mom to care about podcasts. While that’s very cool, you may not have an extensive knowledge of the future of audio programming. To make things a little easier for your podcasting perusement, we’re recommending podcasts on who you think did it. By it we mean the horrible crime but we’re just using the word it because we’re trying to keep things as light as possible.
If you think Adnan did it: Amicus
This newish podcast from Slate features excellent host Dahlia Lithwick explaining Supreme Court cases that impact all of our lives. She uses facts and reasons to come to conclusions that aren’t extremely satisfying but ultimately correct.
If you think Jay did it: Blackout Diaries
A storytelling podcast with a simple premise: people drink and forget things. People also get high and forget things.
If you think Sarah did it: Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know
From the HowStuffWorks network, this conspiracy theory video podcast is great for the person that’s insane.
If you think that now deceased serial killer did it: Judge John Hodgman
What a silly notion, the idea of a comedic writer as a judge! So silly! Sure, there’s circumstantial evidence that could be loosely applied to nearly every case, but it’s so silly!
If you think someone not mentioned by Serial did it: To the Best of Our Knowledge
It’s important to learn as much as you possibly can about as many topics as possible. Knowledge is infinite but possibilities are not. Anyway, this podcast out of Wisconsin Public Radio is a wonderful examination of a variety of topics.
If you think it’s disgusting that any crime as horrible as this is fodder for podcasts: Arguments and Grievances
Sure, this is some morbid stuff, but did you really want to talk about Ferguson with your in-laws over the holidays? Arguments and Grievances is great for pointless and fun debates about things that don’t involve gruesome crimes.