Serial is a podcast spin-off of “This American Life” and is the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads in iTunes history. It covers the 1999 murder case of Baltimore teenager Hae Min Lee, focusing on the conviction of her 17-year-old boyfriend, Adnan Syed.
Here are outstanding quotable lessons from a night filled with storytelling inspiration:
The most grueling edits tend to be on the stories that are the most mediocre. The most work goes into saving a weak idea. —Julie Snyder
Snyder and Koenig talked at length about a question they’re often asked about the podcast: Why did it take off the way it did? Their answer was that when a good idea is really good, it tends to be easy, because it can speak for itself.
Snyder’s quote above should remind marketers and creative professionals that perhaps if an idea isn’t working, there’s a reason. The best ideas are both simple and meaningful.