Serial

Serial

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Serial is a new 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. Serial, like This American Life, is a production of WBEZ Chicago.

Episodes

S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty  

The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?

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S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics  

Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

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S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets  

You don’t make peace with your friends. 

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S02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2  

Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

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S02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1  

It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

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S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing  

This week, 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 why his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.

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S01 Update: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing  

This week, 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 why his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.

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S02 Episode 06: 5 O'Clock Shadow  

Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off? 

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S01 Update: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing  

This week, 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 why his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.

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S02 Episode 05: Meanwhile, in Tampa  

CIA, FBI, YouTube, the Portland PD? There was no handbook for getting Bergdahl back.

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S02 Announcement: New Schedule  

A note from Sarah about our every-other-week schedule.

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S02 Episode 04: The Captors  

What's happening on the other side of the door?

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S02 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.

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S02 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?

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S02 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 over his head. 

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S01 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 got - interviews and documents and police reports - we shake it all out, and we see what sticks.

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S01 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 different kind of boy.

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S01 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 convicted, and a year later, Gutierrez was disbarred. What happened? 

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S01 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, being sentenced to life in prison.

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S01 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. So, how did the jurors make sense of Jay? For that matter, how did the cops make sense of Jay? How are we supposed to make sense of Jay?

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