Serial Podcast Episode 9: To Be Suspected
Wow this episode man. The Slate Serial podcast talked about how it didn’t really add anything in terms of the overall narrative, and I feel that’s where the Serial podcast audience are divided, some are solely interested in getting to the nitty gritty of the case,whereas some are more interested in the story being told and that’s what this episode did. The episode focused on Adnan’s perspective during the trial and it was kind of heartbreaking, hearing from people who spoke to him at the time, the idea that he thought that was going to be a temporary thing, he would be out by graduation, what’s he going to do when he gets out, contrast with interviews with the man now, 15 years later, knowing that he has a life sentence, this optimism he had in the past, his hopes to be released completely gone.
Adnan also spoke about Islam quite a bit, a lot of people find religion in prison, they have time to reflect, to look back on what they have done, what has led them to the point they are in. Adnan mentions this, that if he had been a good muslim, not smoking, getting involved with girls, he wouldn’t be in the position he is in. Most muslims go through that phase, of doing things they don’t want their parents to know, some people have seen this as a subtle admission of guilts, but as a muslim, there are consequences for our action both in this world and the next, Adnan probably sees his time in prison as the consequences of his actions prior to going into prison.
And we learnt more about Hae, not big details, but smaller ones, ones that make a person, that fill in the details, what she was like with her friends, her favourite colour effecting her favourite team. And the statement that her mum made at the sentencing was really upsetting to listen to.
Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period Episode 3: American Gangster
One of the reasons I really love this podcast is that there isn’t many podcasts out there featuring Black comedians, while this show is about Denzel films, it’s also about W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery and their experiences. This episode was one I was looking forward t to so much that when I saw they were doing American Gangster, I did a little dance in my office. This week we got the top 10 Black People homework movies which was amazing. It was also discussed how much this is really Denzel’s movie, that Russell Crowe’s parts are kind of fast forward material.
Get Up on This #165 with Chris “Drama” Pfaff
The Fat Joe section of this had me cracking up while on my commute, the whole invisible train thing. He’s not the first rapper to join a pyramid scheme as well, it’s nuts. I loved Jensen going in depth with his hate of Yelawolf, I hope it’s because of the Hype Men situation that was discussed in the past. Also that “Is this a board game or some shit I made up” game is a much better way to end the show instead of the Twitter segment.