Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of Serial, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder

Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of Serial, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Friday, March 4, 2016
7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
University Park Campus

FREE for USC Students, Staff, and Faculty with Valid ID (one free ticket per ID)
$15, USC Alumni
$20, General Public

All tickets (free and purchased) will be distributed on the night of the event by seating section (orchestra, first balcony, and second balcony).

Tickets required. RSVP or buy tickets beginning Thursday, February 4, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty (one free ticket per ID) – WAITLIST
General Public – WAITLIST

Launched in 2014, Serial became the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads in iTunes history. The first season of the podcast presented a 12-part series on one legal case, captivating an audience that downloaded the episodes more than 100 million times (and counting). In their live presentation, co-creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder take the audience backstage in this cultural phenomenon, using some of their favorite tape to narrate personal stories about the ups and downs of creating a new form of modern storytelling.

Check out this video of Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder, and Ira Glass describing their experience making the series, including clips from their acceptance speech at the Peabody Awards.

About the Speakers:

Sarah Koenig, the host and co-creator of Serial, worked for more than ten years as a producer of This American Life before she and Julie Snyder started Serial. She has guest-hosted This American Life several times, most memorably for the “No Coincidence, No Story” show. She has produced and reported some of This American Life‘s most popular shows, including “Switched at Birth,” “Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde,” “Petty Tyrant,” and “Habeas Schmabeas,” a Peabody Award–winning show about Guantanamo Bay. Before joining This American Life in 2004, Koenig covered criminal justice and was a State House reporter at The Baltimore Sun and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire.

Julie Snyder created Serial with Sarah Koenig. She is also the senior producer of This American Life, which she runs side by side with Ira Glass, setting the editorial agenda of the program as well as overseeing and editing hundreds of individual stories and episodes. She has been with the show since 1997—almost from its inception—and has produced many of This American Life’s most entertaining and ambitious episodes, including “24 Hours at the Golden Apple,” “Notes on Camp,” and the Peabody Award–winning “Harper High School.”

Photo: Elise Bergerson