I saw that HBO has a docu-series on the main story from the Serial podcast, season 1, and I was interested enough in the docu-series that I finally sought out the podcast. In this thread, I’m going to jot down thoughts and ideas. Here are some from the first two episodes:1. One of the central ideas in the first episode involved being able to remember what you did several weeks in the past, with accuracy and detail. As the podcast points out, this seems especially difficult when nothing noteworthy or out of the ordinary occurs on the specific date. I was a glad to hear other people, including people much younger than me, struggle, because I know I would be awful with this. The more I think about this, the more I think most people would be really bad and unreliable–again, unless something really memorable occurred to on that date. 2. In a strange way, I like that the two principles characters are Asian-American. This is strange because the circumstances involve a murder, a potential crime of passion or something worse. On some (again, admittedly weird and maybe inappropriate) level, I like that we’re having a story like this about Asian-Americans. For one thing, it pushes against the stereotypes–that Asians are polite, good citizens, and maybe not really known for sexuality and romance. Additionally, the podcast really humanizes the two main figures. What comes through is these two people and their friends are just normal Americans–their culture, ethnicity, and religion feel almost secondary, and I really like that about the two episodes so far. Of course, the situation is awful, but Asian-Americans do awful things and are victims of tragedy–and the white Americans are not always the villain.