March #SOL16 Day Three
Have you heard of the Podcast; “Serial?”
I ask everyone in my life this question.
I am what you might call obsessed.
The first thing I do when I get into the car in the morning and then again in the afternoon is grab my phone, find the NPR app, ready my radio system to the Podcast setting, Que up the next episode and hit play.
Sarah Koenig, the host of the show, feels like a friend. I enjoy driving to and from work with her comfy voice booming from my car speakers. It’s like she’s sitting next to me, just having this conversation about Adnad or Beau.
Sarah delivers facts that are couched within a story. The story part could be considered her opinion, which I guess it might be at times, but I’m OK with that. I can make up my own mind, it’s not like I’m overly influenced by her. I can clearly feel that she is struggling with which side of the story to take, as do I. I appreciate that we are struggling together.
I’ve learned something about myself as I listen to the narrative that shapes these larger than life characters. I am a person who believes there are always two sides to a story. Situations are rarely as black and white as some believe. My “taking into account both sides” belief becomes even stronger when a particular story has hit the media and large masses jump to conclusions ultimately trying and convicting a person or group of people based on the very few “facts” they know. For instance, when a U.S. Soldier walks off base in Afghanistan and ends up captured by the other side I want to know more. I want to hear from this soldier. I want to know what he has to say, not what others have to say about him. Or, what about the 17 year old Muslim boy who was convicted in Maryland of murdering his ex-girlfriend? I can entertain the notion that the state may not have had enough evidence to convict. I want to hear and weigh the facts for myself. These stories make me wonder. Why are some individuals so quick to condemn others?
As I near the end of last year’s season I am anxiously awaiting the latest update on this year’s story. I know that I have to prepare myself for the end of my time with Sarah on my drives to and from work. Maybe it’s time to go back to listening to music in the car. Music can definitely be more soothing and less combative. However, not quite as intellectually stimulating.