Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder never knew they’d make radio cool again.
In an appearance at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Wednesday evening, the two journalists behind the worldwide phenomenon known as Serial told an audience the backstory of how the podcast was created, and they didn’t disappoint. They hit the stage as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston for “Binge-Worthy Journalism: Behind the Scenes with the Creators of SERIAL: Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder.”
Here’s ten facts we learned from the talk — and you can quote us on it.
1. When Serial first debuted in 2014, their goal was to get to 300,000 listeners. They ended up reaching that number in five days. In total, the number of downloads went on to skyrocket to more than 500,000,000. Julie and Sarah never had any idea how popular Serial would be. “I thought we’d get the grad school crowd,” Julie told the audience.
2. Sarah and Julie originally started working on Serial in Sarah’s crowded basement. It was far from an NPR studio; every time one of the kids flushed the toilet, they’d have to stop recording because of the noise.
3. Serial has been downloaded in ever country in the world, except North Korea and Eritrea.