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Serial

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Serial is a podcast from Serial Productions, a New York Times company, 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 hap… read more

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S01 Episode 01: 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 …

S01 Episode 02: 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, …

S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

October 9th, 2014

27:07

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 …

S01 Episode 04: 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 …

S01 Episode 05: 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 …

S01 Episode 06: 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 …

S01 Episode 07: 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, …

S01 Episode 08: The Deal with Jay

November 13th, 2014

42:44

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, …

S01 Episode 09: 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 …

S01 Episode 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 …

S01 Episode 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, …

S01 Episode 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 …

S02 Episode 01: 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 …

S02 Episode 02: The Golden Chicken

December 17th, 2015

58:03

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?

S02 Episode 03: Escaping

December 24th, 2015

53:00

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

S02 Episode 04: The Captors

January 7th, 2016

43:58

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

S02 Episode 05: Meanwhile, in Tampa

January 21st, 2016

52:17

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

S01 Update: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

February 4th, 2016

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 …

S01 Update: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

February 5th, 2016

14:38

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 …

S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

February 6th, 2016

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 …

S02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1

February 18th, 2016

36:50

It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets

March 3rd, 2016

47:43

You don’t make peace with your friends. 

S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics

March 17th, 2016

50:27

Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty

March 31st, 2016

1:03:52

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

S03 Episode 01: 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?

S03 Episode 02: You’ve Got Some Gauls

September 20th, 2018

54:55

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

S03 Episode 03: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit

September 27th, 2018

1:00:35

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

S03 Episode 04: 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?

S03 Episode 05: Pleas Baby Pleas

October 11th, 2018

58:42

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

S03 Episode 07: The Snowball Effect

October 25th, 2018

53:21

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

Nice White Parents - Ep. 1

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

August 20th, 2020

51:53

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

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

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

August 20th, 2020

52:24

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 - Chap 1

April 28th, 2021

44:13

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 - Chap 2

April 28th, 2021

44:12

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 - Chap 3

April 28th, 2021

39:37

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 - Chap 4

April 28th, 2021

51:02

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 - Chap 5

April 28th, 2021

48:50

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 …

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