Serial, NPR’s mega hit true-crime podcast, holds the record for being the fastest podcast to hit 5 million downloads. There is no mistaking the shows immense popularity, it should come as no surprise then that it is getting something of a spin off in a new podcast entitled Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed.
Adnan Syed, was convicted of the strangling death of Hae Min Lee, his high-school girlfriend in 1999. A crime which Serial covered in depth.
Fans of Serial should be quick to note that this new podcast has absolutely nothing to do with NPR, This American Life, or fan favorite host Sarah Koenig and her distinctive broadcast style.
Undisclosed is being put together by Syed’s lawyer Rabia Chaudry, with help from lawyers Susan Simpson and Collin Miller. The trio plans to go back and re-address several points in the case. Chaudry recently gave an interview to PBS’s NewsHour in which she laid out some of the reasoning for this new podcast.
“They’re still intrigued, they still want to know more. They want Serial to do updates, and Serial isn’t. So we will,” said Chaudry.
One of the main points Undisclosed hopes to address is the now infamous cell tower data that was used to pinpoint Syed’s whereabouts on the day of Lee’s death. Chaudry believes that this is one of the most crucial pieces of evidence that Serial got wrong.
Recently, The Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed to hear arguments to determine whether Syed should get a new trial . Chaudry hopes that Undisclosed will benefit the appeal process.