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Serial

67 EpisodesProduced by Serial Productions & The New York TimesWebsite

Serial Productions makes narrative podcasts whose quality and innovation transformed the medium. “Serial” began in 2014 as a spinoff of the public radio show “This American Life.” In 2020, we joined the New York Times Company. Our shows have reached many millions of listeners and have won nearly eve… read more

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67 Episodes | 2014 - 2022

Serial S01 - Ep. 1: The Alibi

October 3rd, 2014

52:57

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 …

Serial S01 - Ep. 2: The Breakup

October 3rd, 2014

35:49

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, …

Serial S01 - Ep. 3: Leakin Park

October 9th, 2014

27:06

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 …

Serial S01 - Ep. 4: Inconsistencies

October 16th, 2014

33:14

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 …

Serial S01 - Ep. 5: Route Talk

October 23rd, 2014

42:51

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 …

Serial S01 - Ep. 6: The Case Against Adnan Syed

October 30th, 2014

42:58

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 …

Serial S01 - Ep. 7: The Opposite of the Prosecution

November 6th, 2014

31:57

Adnan told Sarah about a case in Virginia that had striking similarities to his own: one key witness, incriminating cell phone records, young people, …

Serial S01 - Ep. 8: The Deal With Jay

November 13th, 2014

42:43

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, …

Serial S01 - Ep. 9: To Be Suspected

November 20th, 2014

44:46

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 …

Serial S01 - Ep. 10: The Best Defense is a Good Defense

December 4th, 2014

52:42

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 …

Serial S01 - Ep. 11: Rumors

December 11th, 2014

39:40

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, …

Serial S01 - Ep. 12: What We Know

December 18th, 2014

54:25

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 …

Serial S01 Update 1: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

December 18th, 2014

15:07

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 …

Serial S01 Update 2: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

December 18th, 2014

14:37

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 …

Serial S01 Update 3: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

December 18th, 2014

14:12

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 …

Serial S01 Ep. 13: Adnan Is Out

December 18th, 2014

16:53

It’s Baltimore, 2022. Adnan Syed has spent the last 23 years incarcerated, serving a life sentence for the murder of Hae Min Lee, a crime he says he didn’t commit. He has exhausted every legal avenue for relief, …

Serial S02 - Ep. 1: DUSTWUN

December 10th, 2015

43:05

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 …

Serial S02 - Ep. 2: The Golden Chicken

December 17th, 2015

58:02

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?

Serial S02 - Ep. 3: Escaping

December 24th, 2015

53:07

Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.

Serial S02 - Ep. 4: The Captors

January 7th, 2016

43:57

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

Serial S02 - Ep. 5: Meanwhile, in Tampa

January 21st, 2016

52:17

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

Serial S02 - Ep. 7: Hindsight, Part 1

February 18th, 2016

36:50

It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

Serial S02 - Ep. 9: Trade Secrets

March 3rd, 2016

47:43

You don’t make peace with your friends. 

Serial S02 - Ep. 11: Present for Duty

March 31st, 2016

1:03:52

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

Serial S03 - Ep. 1: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

September 20th, 2018

50:33

A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?

Serial S03 - Ep. 2: You’ve Got Some Gauls

September 20th, 2018

54:55

When a judge believes he knows you better than you know yourself.

Serial S03 - Ep. 3: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit

September 27th, 2018

1:00:35

The smell of raw marijuana + acting nervous + hands in pockets = ?

Serial S03 - Ep. 4: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street

October 4th, 2018

58:35

What happens when the right evidence points to the wrong man?

Serial S03 - Ep. 5: Pleas Baby Pleas

October 11th, 2018

58:42

Don’t tell the judges, but the prosecutors have the most power in the building.

Serial S03 - Ep. 7: The Snowball Effect

October 25th, 2018

53:20

If you listen closely to the trash-talking, you start to get the message.

S-Town - Chapter I

November 20th, 2018

51:21

“If you keep your mouth shut, you’ll be surprised what you can learn.”

S-Town - Chapter II

November 20th, 2018

46:38

“Has anybody called you?”

S-Town - Chapter IV

November 20th, 2018

1:01:02

“If anybody could find it, it would be me.”

S-Town - Chapter V

November 20th, 2018

1:00:48

“Nobody’ll ever change my mind about it.”

S-Town - Chapter VI

November 20th, 2018

45:26

“Since everyone around here thinks I’m a queer anyway.”

S-Town - Chapter VII

November 20th, 2018

1:01:39

“You’re beginning to figure it out now, aren’t you?”

Nice White Parents - Ep. 1: The Book of Statuses

August 20th, 2020

1:01:20

It’s 2015 and one Brooklyn middle school is about to receive a huge influx of new students.

Reporter Chana Joffe Walt follows what happens when the …

Nice White Parents - Ep. 2: ‘I Still Believe in It’

August 20th, 2020

51:52

Chana Joffe-Walt searches the New York City Board of Education archives for more information about the School for International Studies, which was …

Nice White Parents - Ep. 3: ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’

August 20th, 2020

45:04

Chana Joffe-Walt explores how white parents can shape a school — even when they aren’t there.

She traces the history of I.S. 293, now the Boerum Hill …

Nice White Parents - Ep. 4: ‘Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do’

August 20th, 2020

48:54

Public schools are inequitable because the school systems are maniacally loyal to white families. We can’t have equitable public education unless …

Nice White Parents - Ep. 5: ‘We Know It When We See It’

August 20th, 2020

52:23

Chana has traced the history of the school from its founding and come to the present. But now: One unexpected last chapter. Last year, the school …

The Improvement Association - Trailer

March 30th, 2021

3:37

Listen to the trailer for our newest show, "The Improvement Association."  From Serial Productions and The New York Times, hosted by Zoe Chace.

The Improvement Association - Ep. 1: ‘The Big Shadoo’

April 28th, 2021

44:12

Following a notorious case of election fraud in Bladen County, North Carolina, in 2018, the reporter Zoe Chace gets an invitation from Horace Munn, …

The Improvement Association - Ep. 2: ‘Where Is Your Choice?’

April 28th, 2021

44:11

Zoe talks to people in the county who believe the Bladen Improvement PAC has been cheating for years. She tries to get beyond the rumors and into specifics, and comes face to face with the intense suspicion and scrutiny …

The Improvement Association - Ep. 3: ‘The Ballad of the Nursing Home Ballots’

April 28th, 2021

39:36

Zoe delves into one of the most serious allegations against the Bladen Improvement PAC: an accusation about stealing votes from vulnerable people …

The Improvement Association - Ep. 4: ‘Let Them Pull the Red Wagon’

April 28th, 2021

51:01

With the PAC’s reputation suffering because of years of cheating accusations and resentment stirring within its ranks, a prominent member turns against the leadership. Nevertheless, Horace and his closest allies make a …

The Improvement Association - Ep. 5: ‘Democrat, Republican, White, Black, Green’

April 28th, 2021

48:49

The Improvement Association PAC’s power in the county is threatened when an unlikely candidate enters the race for county commissioner. Plenty of people outside the PAC now have their own ideas about how to build Black …

The Trojan Horse Affair - Trailer

February 3rd, 2022

4:07

A mysterious letter detailing a supposed Islamist plot to take over schools shocked Britain in 2014. But who wrote it? From Serial Productions and …

The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 1

March 18th, 2022

59:15

A strange letter appears outlining a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate Birmingham schools. Hamza and Brian visit the supposed mastermind of …

The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 2

March 18th, 2022

53:20

Hamza and Brian think the source of the Trojan Horse letter might be hiding in plain sight. After learning about the petty personnel dispute that probably gave rise to the letter, they’re even more bewildered about how …

The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 3

March 18th, 2022

38:06

In a state of surprise, Hamza and Brian leave a meeting with the man the Trojan Horse letter was first sent to. And they learn about an internal investigation report that local officials have kept hidden, but which they …

The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 4

March 18th, 2022

45:24

A series of frustrating interviews with Birmingham politicians leaves Brian and Hamza wondering if crucial information about the Trojan Horse letter …

The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 5

March 18th, 2022

1:00:08

Hamza and Brian learn that the Trojan Horse letter wasn’t the only unsigned letter alleging an extremist operation was afoot in Birmingham. An …

The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 6

March 18th, 2022

1:04:55

Hamza takes a long, hard look at what the government found when it investigated more than 20 majority-Muslim schools in Birmingham. And our two …

The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 7

March 18th, 2022

50:26

Birmingham authorities struggle to explain why they disavowed their own findings about the Trojan Horse plot. But when Brian and Hamza make a discovery deep inside some court documents, everything suddenly makes sense.

The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 8

March 18th, 2022

47:30

A man banned from working in education in the aftermath of the Trojan Horse letter inspires Brian and Hamza to track down one last witness with him – in Australia. And all three travelers find their faith tested.

We Were Three - Trailer

October 13th, 2022

3:02

A three-part series from This American Life producer Nancy Updike. When Rachel McKibbens’s father and brother died suddenly last fall, two weeks apart, from Covid, she’d had no idea her father was sick, and no idea her …

We Were Three - Ep. 1: Black Box

October 13th, 2022

43:59

Rachel goes back to California, to the place where she grew up and where her brother and father died, to find answers.

 

For more information on 'We Were Three':

We Were Three - Ep. 2: Assassin

October 13th, 2022

49:24

Rachel retraces how her family, over decades, fell apart and came back together.   

 

For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html

We Were Three - Ep. 3: I Am All That Is Left. Amen.

October 13th, 2022

44:20

Rachel goes back to California, to the place where she grew up and where her brother and father died, to find answers. 

 

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