Serial, This American Life, and The Empathy Code

Teaching Empathy

You might be wondering what the relationship is between Serial,  a spinoff of  the weekly radio show This American Life , and a blog on empathic and compassionate schools. Here’s my take. The 12 episode podcast retraces and examines the case of Adnan Syed, an 18 year old high school senior from Baltimore County, Maryland, who was convicted in 2000 of murdering his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee.  It is about real life and real people; human beings in a tragic situation that continues with a level of uncertainty to this day.  What has continually resonated for me as I have listened to the story of Adnan and his case, is the myriad of complex relationships that exist in the lives of  high school students, the social drama that drives their decisions, and how emotional events become emotional memories. Daniel Goleman in his work on emotional intelligence speaks of…

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