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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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82 Episodes | 2014 - 2023

Serial S01 - Ep. 1: The Alibi

October 3rd, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Serial S02 - Ep. 5: Meanwhile, in Tampa

January 21st, 2016


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

Serial S02 - Ep. 7: Hindsight, Part 1

February 18th, 2016


It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

Serial S02 - Ep. 9: Trade Secrets

March 3rd, 2016


You don’t make peace with your friends. 

Serial S02 - Ep. 11: Present for Duty

March 31st, 2016


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


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


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

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

September 27th, 2018


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


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

Serial S03 - Ep. 5: Pleas Baby Pleas

October 11th, 2018


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


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

S-Town - Chapter I

November 20th, 2018


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

S-Town - Chapter II

November 20th, 2018


“Has anybody called you?”

S-Town - Chapter IV

November 20th, 2018


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

S-Town - Chapter V

November 20th, 2018


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

S-Town - Chapter VI

November 20th, 2018


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

S-Town - Chapter VII

November 20th, 2018


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

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

August 20th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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We Were Three - Ep. 2: Assassin

October 13th, 2022


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


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

October 13th, 2022


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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The Coldest Case In Laramie - Trailer

February 16th, 2023


Kim Barker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, revisits an unsolved murder that took place while she was in high …

The Coldest Case In Laramie - Episode 1

March 30th, 2023


A Times investigative reporter, Kim Barker, revisits the murder of Shelli Wiley — a long-unsolved case from Kim’s time in high school. She reaches …

The Coldest Case In Laramie - Episode 2

March 30th, 2023


Kim talks to Shelli’s former roommate, who connects Kim with a man who was at the crime scene and has troubling memories about Fred Lamb and the …

The Coldest Case In Laramie - Episode 3

March 30th, 2023


Kim heads to Laramie and hears two very different versions of the case against Fred Lamb.

The Coldest Case In Laramie - Episode 4

March 30th, 2023


Kim digs into the early stages of the investigation into Shelli’s murder and follows up with old suspects.


The Coldest Case In Laramie - Episode 5

March 30th, 2023


Kim talks to someone who confessed to Shelli’s murder from a jail in Arizona.

The Coldest Case In Laramie - Episode 6

March 30th, 2023


Kim examines the bizarre interrogation that led to Fred Lamb’s arrest.

The Coldest Case In Laramie - Episode 7

March 30th, 2023


Kim takes stock of the evidence against Fred Lamb and gets to the bottom of the stories she’s heard about him — including one from his wife of more than 30 years.

The Coldest Case In Laramie - Episode 8

March 30th, 2023


Kim interviews Fred Lamb and takes a fresh look at the case.

The Retrievals - Trailer

June 22nd, 2023


The patients in this story came to the Yale Fertility Center to pursue pregnancy. They began their I.V.F. cycles full of expectation and hope. Then a …

The Retrievals - Ep. 1: The Patients

August 17th, 2023


Patients at a fertility clinic experience excruciating, unexpected pain. For months the reason for that pain remains hidden. Then they get a letter from the clinic.

The Retrievals - Ep. 2: The Nurse

August 17th, 2023


The patients know what happened to them. Now they learn who did it. The story of the nurse whose own pain was also unseen.

The Retrievals - Ep. 3: The Sentence

August 17th, 2023


At the nurse’s sentencing hearing, the patients learn a shocking detail that forces them to confront the limits of their compassion.

The Retrievals - Ep. 4: The Clinic

August 17th, 2023


What we know about what happened at the clinic.

The Retrievals - Ep. 5: The Outcomes

August 17th, 2023


In fertility treatment, a successful outcome is defined as a healthy baby. In this story, the outcomes are complicated for everyone involved. 

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