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Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.
||ExplicitS02 Episode 11: Present for Duty||The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics||Are you hearing what I’m hearing?||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets||You don’t make peace with your friends.||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2||Woulda, coulda, shoulda…||2/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1||It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 06: 5 O'Clock Shadow||Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off?||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 05: Meanwhile, in Tampa||CIA, FBI, YouTube, the Portland PD? There was no handbook for getting Bergdahl back.||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 04: The Captors||What's happening on the other side of the door?||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 03: Escaping||Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.||12/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 02: The Golden Chicken||On the move with Bergdahl, the Taliban slip past the U.S. Army’s massive effort to find him. During those days and weeks, each side is asking, what is Bergdahl worth to us?||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN||In the middle of the night, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, snacks, water, some cash. Then he quietly slips off a remote U.S. Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into the dark, open desert. About 20 minutes later, it occurs to him: he’s in...||12/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing||February 2016: Sarah Koenig ducks back into the Adnan Syed case for a few days. There’s a hearing in Baltimore—a court proceeding that’s been nearly sixteen years in the making. Syed’s attorney will introduce new evidence, and present a case for w||2/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||S01 Update: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing||February 2016: Sarah Koenig ducks back into the Adnan Syed case for a few days. There’s a hearing in Baltimore—a court proceeding that’s been nearly sixteen years in the making. Syed’s attorney will introduce new evidence, and present a case for w||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||S01 Update: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing||February 2016: Sarah Koenig ducks back into the Adnan Syed case for a few days. There’s a hearing in Baltimore—a court proceeding that’s been nearly sixteen years in the making. Syed’s attorney will introduce new evidence, and present a case for w||2/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 12: What We Know||On January 13, 1999, Adnan Syed was a hurt and vengeful ex-boyfriend who carried out a premeditated murder. Or he was a bewildered bystander, framed for a crime he could never have committed. After 15 months of reporting, we take out everything we’ve..||12/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 11: Rumors||Almost everyone describes the 17-year-old Adnan the same way: good kid, helpful at the mosque, respectful to his elders. But a couple of months ago, Sarah started getting phone calls from people who knew Adnan back then, and told her stories of a...||12/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 10: The Best Defense is a Good Defense||Adnan’s trial lawyer was M. Cristina Gutierrez, a renowned defense attorney in Maryland – tough and savvy and smart. Other lawyers said she was exactly the kind of person you’d want defending you on a first-degree murder charge. But Adnan was convi||12/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 09: To Be Suspected||New information is coming in about what maybe didn’t happen on January 13, 1999. And while Adnan’s memory of that day is foggy at best, he does remember what happened next: being questioned, being arrested and, a little more than a year later, bei||11/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 08: The Deal with Jay||The state’s case against Adnan Syed hinged on Jay’s credibility; he was their star witness and also, because of his changing statements to police, their chief liability. Naturally, Adnan’s lawyer tried hard to make Jay look untrustworthy at trial. S||11/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 07: The Opposite of the Prosecution||Adnan told Sarah about a case in Virginia that had striking similarities to his own: one key witness, incriminating cell phone records, young people, drugs - and a defendant who has always maintained his innocence. Sarah called up one of the defense...||11/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 06: The Case Against Adnan Syed||The physical evidence against Adnan Syed was scant - a few underwhelming fingerprints. So aside from cell records, what did the prosecutors bring to the jury, to shore up Jay's testimony? Sarah weighs all the other circumstantial evidence they had...||10/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 05: Route Talk||Adnan once issued a challenge to Sarah. He told her to test the state’s timeline of the murder by driving from Woodlawn High School to Best Buy in 21 minutes. It can’t be done, he said. So Sarah and Dana take up the challenge, and raise him one: They.||10/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies||A few days after Hae’s body is found, the detectives get a lead that opens the case up for them. They find Jay at work late one night and bring him down to Homicide. At first, he insists he doesn’t know anything about the murder. But eventually he...||10/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 03: Leakin Park||It’s February 9, 1999. Hae has been missing for three weeks. A man on his lunch break pulls off a road to pee, and stumbles on her body in a city forest. His odd recounting of the discovery makes Detectives Ritz and MacGillivary suspicious. For...||10/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 02: The Breakup||Their relationship began like a storybook high-school romance: a prom date, love notes, sneaking off to be alone. But unlike other kids at school, they had to keep their dating secret, because their parents disapproved. Both of them, but especially...||10/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS01 Episode 01: The Alibi||It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember...||10/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
I have to say this is one of the most engrossing stories I've ever had the pleasure of being at the edge of my seat for. I need to know what comes next!
I'm so excited to fall in love with a new podcast, especially one that's doing something so unique. The stories matter enough to give them real time and attention. I'm drawn to that.
Thank you, Sarah for your insatiable journalism!
This podcast is my new addiction. The first season so far is exciting and keeps you listening. Every time I started to sway towards one opinion of Adnan the show instantly changes.
I'm on board.
After hearing the preview on this week's TAL, my 'eh' turned to an 'ooh' and I'm so stoked to hear this story. It sounds crazy, and crazy good.