Category Archives: Current Events Commentary

Who is an honest man?

So many fun things going on!  I’m dying to talk about my latest projects, but sadly I can’t say much at the moment. What I can say is that I think this is going to be my first real investigative piece. I’m really excited and hopefully within the next two weeks I’ll be able to elaborate more about its contents. Stay tuned.

Let’s talk podcasts. I hope you’re listening to “Serial.” This brand new series comes to us from This American Life and NPR. It’s got all the elements to keep you coming back each week: phenomenal reporting, flawless editing and — like any good story — it’s impossible to put down.

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 11.50.50 PMSERIAL: Sarah Koenig is investigating the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a popular, beautiful, athletic high school senior in Maryland. Adnan Syed, Hae’s ex-boyfriend, was charged with and convicted of her murder. The only problem: there’s no physical evidence brought against Adnan. None. The conviction was purely based on circumstance. What I gathered from the podcast is Adnan was the only person with a motive in killing Hae. Supposedly Adnan also told this guy Jay (who knows way too many details about the murder to not be involved, but that’s just my opinion) he was going to kill Hae and he needed Jay’s help to get rid of the evidence. Jay apparently assisted Adnan in disposing of the body to some degree, but was never charged with anything.

Anyway, Adnan still proclaims his innocence and all his family and friends say he was a model child; Homecoming prince (or court), leading prayers at the community mosque, an EMT, popular, friendly, with good grades. So it’s hard to figure out who’s telling the truth and who the liar is here.

Honestly, I couldn’t even tell you what scenario my money is on. I think Jay definitely is involved in the murder, and while I want to think Adnan is innocent (and I hope he is), it’s entirely possible and plausible he’s a really convincing liar. Also, I get the feeling we haven’t met all the players yet. Right now, “Serial” is on its fifth episode and Koeing is still in the dark about a lot on this series, too. Like how many episodes there will be or how the series will conclude.

Koenig said in an interview on “The Gist” that she is still actively reporting on the case and that each episode is still being edited just hours before it’s released. She also said she’s about 66 percent sure she knows how it will end, and therein lies what I love about this podcast. We’re essentially listening in real time. It’s gotta be daunting if you’re in Koenig’s shoes, but what an incredible challenge. Her reporting is so good and thorough. In one instance she talks to at least five sources to confirm or debunk the existence of a phone booth at a Best Buy in 1999. This woman is dedicated to her craft.

Episodes are released every Thursday morning and they’re free. Listen and tell me your theories.

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Do you hear the people sing

The will of the people is an incredible thing. Like a domino effect, the tides turn — not just in one nation, but in many — when people get fed up. You have to reach the end of your rope, put your foot down and say “no more.” It happened in the Arab Spring in Egypt and Syria. It’s still happening in Ferguson, Mo. And now it’s beginning in Hong Kong.

What I love about this is it goes to show how strong human will is. When people want freedom, when an injustice has be served society doesn’t just roll over and accept it. They get mad. They band together. And they demand something be done. The power of the human heart to demand its voice be heard as a collective is the most powerful force in the world.

I really hope in my lifetime I get to cover one of these protests or movements. And the thing I love the most about these demonstrations is that they’re started by college-aged kids. The Arab Spring and the Hong Kong protests were all started by students who saw government taking too much control, overstepping its bounds and said, “absolutely not.”

And people say our generation doesn’t care about anything but iPhones and Facebook.

We are the most intelligent, most engaged, most well-connected generation of all time and there is no force of government that can stop us.

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Photo by Ivan Watson/CNN

There’s a picture circulating online of a banner in Hong Kong with words from Les Miserables, which reads, “DO U HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?” I grew up with Les Miz, and prior to that image, I really never knew what that line meant.

“Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men? It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again. When the beating of your heart echos the beating of the drums, there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

Do you hear the will of the people? It is a song that cannot be unheard. We are here. We are not slaves to the government. The government works for us. And the youth of the world knows this and refuses to be pushed. I find it highly inspiring that there is a great and glorious future lead by this generation ahead of us.

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