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What made “Serial” work

onechicklette:

Interesting take on the unique approach of Serial.

Originally posted on Tommy Tomlinson:

ALERT WARNING ALERT: Spoilers from the last episode of “Serial” below. STOP NOW if you don’t want to know how it ends.

Here’s my Journalism 101 question about “Serial“: If Sarah Koenig had done the exact same reporting without anyone seeing it, and she took what she found to NPR — or most any other publication — would they have published the story?

Probably not.

She didn’t find enough doubt to spring Adnan Syed. She didn’t find enough evidence against the mysterious Jay, or anyone else, to reopen the case of the murder of Hae Min Lee. She said what she believes — “most of the time, I think he didn’t do it” — but in the end, she had to shrug her shoulders.

At most publications, including the ones I’ve worked for, I think most people would’ve stuck her notes in a drawer and moved on.

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More about Serial

Recently I broke some news to Adrienne aka @full_of_moxie over brunch: Adnan of Serial got married – and divorced apparently – in prison.

Then she gave me quite a look when I told her I think Adnan did it.

Things got slightly better when I also said I didn’t think he should have been convicted. But I still might be on Friend Probation; Adrienne didn’t hug me good-bye post-brunch.

Serial wrapped up and I’m left with a sense of “now what?”

Anyway…yes, I’m still thinking about Serial a lot. And I’m not the only one. There’s a content-packed subreddit that would be glad to take a week – or a month – of your free time.

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My twenty questions about @serial

This post contains spoilers so if you aren’t listening to Serial now, but might, stop reading!

It was @courtyforrest who first told me about Serial, the podcast presently sweeping the world. Courtney has made me aware of other good stuff in the past so I tuned in soon after.

I forget what I was doing while simultaneously listening to Serial Episode 1 in which host Sarah Koenig lays out both what Serial will be and the details of a closed case in Baltimore County involving the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee.

Via Reddit

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Today’s chuckle

Given that my name is Jennifer, I haven’t had too many experiences with Starbucks baristas spelling it wrong. Well, beyond the occasional “Jeniffer.”

This video imagines a more nefarious motivation behind the misspellings (to hilarious effect).

Note: some NSFW language.

Enjoy!

Required reading

Marquel Martin on not being the next Bachelor (via his blog). You know I think Marquel is great. It’s ABC’s loss.

On a much more serious note: Say hello to the men who hate the NSA but love invading the privacy of women (via Verge)

This can’t be legal (via Curbed)

Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone (via Vox)

The struggles of having an outgoing personality but actually being introverted (via IntroversionEffect)

Nine things to know before your first bathhouse experience (via Harpers Bazaar)

Jenna Golden on life in Logan Circle (via Domicile Magazine)

I need bake these: maple bacon magic bars

How to be polite (via Medium)

Upcoming film: Camp X-Ray

Via Spin.com

As a big Kristen Stewart fan, I am excited to check out Camp X-Ray.

Kristen plays a soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay who develops a relationship with a detainee played by Peyman Maadi.

Will you see it?

 

Scranton venue declines same-sex wedding

I was revolted to hear the news that the Inne at the Abingtons refused to book a same-sex couple’s wedding.

email

Via the Scranton Times-Tribune

Via my hometown newspaper, the Scranton Times-Tribune:

Venue refused to serve gays; sets off social media firestorm

NORTH ABINGTON TWP. — When Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Desiree Mark of Greenfield Twp. abandoned her plans to be married in New York or Connecticut and happily focused on planning a wedding in her home state.

When the 29-year-old sent queries to Scranton area wedding venues requesting an appointment, she learned that marriage equality does not mean equality for gays and lesbians.

“Unfortunately, we do not hold same sex marriages at our facility,” read the email from Courtney Killeen, Wedding & Event Planner for Inne at the Abingtons. “I truly do hope you find somewhere that will fulfill all your wedding dreams.”

Met at the North Abington Twp. venue Thursday, Ms. Killeen confirmed the email was authentic and reflected the policy of the Inne, not her personal belief.

“I don’t agree with it,” she said, adding the owner, John O. Antolick, would be unlikely to comment publicly. Mr. Antolick did not respond to several requests for an interview.

Gays and lesbians gained the legal right to marry in Pennsylvania this year, but can be blocked from reception venues. With no legal protections for LGBT people in Pennsylvania, any business can refuse to serve someone who is, or perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

You can read the rest of the story here.

 

If there’s a bright spot, it’s that the comments were surprisingly civilized.

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I can only hope that we move beyond such ridiculousness sooner rather than later.

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