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“Serial” and “Adnan’s Story”

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In 2014 I became addicted to National Public Radio’s (NPR) new podcast “Serial.” The show’s premise was simple: Choose one story to thoroughly investigate, and broadcast the findings on a weekly basis over 12 weeks.

The freshman podcast’s first story was the 1999 unsolved murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee, a student at Woodmore High School in Baltimore, Maryland, whose body was found underneath a pile of leaves in nearby Leakin (pronounced “Lincoln”) Park. Her former boyfriend Adan Syed was arrested and, despite his claims of innocence, at age 19 was found guilty of Lee’s murder. Syed was convicted and sent to the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, where he has been for 17 years.

(The Huffington Post compiled a series of pictures related to the podcast, including pictures of Lee and Syed, here.)

Due to the enormous popularity of the podcast and to the fact that Syed’s attorney failed to interview a key witness, Syed, now 37 years old, earned a new trial. Read more about the status of the new trial here, here, and here.

The newly published book Adnan’s Story:The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, written by family friend Rabia Chaudry, presents new key evidence that the author maintains dismantles the State’s case against Syed, and introduces a potential new suspect.

Access the book in our catalog by clicking on the image above, or by clicking here.

 

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Time Magazine Announces Its “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016”

Laurie Hernandez  Malia Obama, Sasha Obama  Amanda Stenberg

Above, from left: Laurie Hernandez, the Obama girls, Amandla Stenberg

Among those on the list: Laurie Hernandez, the gold-medal Olympic gymnast from the Rio 2016 games; Malia and Sasha Obama; and Amandla Stenberg, who will be appearing in Nicola Yoon’s movie adaptation of her best-seller Everything Everything.

Check out the list here.