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Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us.

http://serialpodcast.org/
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Season 2 -

In May 2014, a U.S. Special Operations team in a Black Hawk helicopter landed in the hills of Afghanistan. Waiting for them were more than a dozen Taliban fighters and a tall American, who looked pale and out of sorts: Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier, had been a prisoner of the Taliban for nearly five years, and now he was going home.

President Obama announced Bergdahl’s return in the Rose Garden, with the soldier's parents at his side. Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, planned a big celebration to welcome him back. But then, within days—within hours of his rescue, in fact—public reaction to his return flipped. People started saying Bergdahl shouldn’t be celebrated. Some of the soldiers from his unit called him a deserter, a traitor. They said he had deliberately walked off their small outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into hostile territory.

Hailey canceled its celebration. The army launched an investigation. Finally, in March, the military charged Bergdahl with two crimes, one of which carries the possibility of a life sentence. Through all of this, Bergdahl has been quiet. He hasn’t spoken to the press or done any interviews on TV. He’s been like a ghost at the center of a raucous fight.

Now, in Season Two, we get to hear what he has to say.

For this season, Sarah Koenig teams up with filmmaker Mark Boal and Page 1 to find out why one idiosyncratic guy decided to walk away, into Afghanistan, and how the consequences of that decision have spun out wider and wider. It’s a story that has played out in unexpected ways from the start. And it’s a story that’s still going on.


Episodes - All available on iTunes for free - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/serial/id917918570 or streamed at their website - http://serialpodcast.org/

Episodes release every wednesday.

Evidence referenced in each episode are in the links below.

Episode 1 - Dustwun (44 mins), 10th December
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.

https://serialpodcast.org/season-two/1/dustwun

Episode 2 - THE GOLDEN CHICKEN (59 mins), 17th December
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?

https://serialpodcast.org/season-two/2/ ... en-chicken

Episode 3 - ESCAPING (53 mins), 24th December
Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.

https://serialpodcast.org/season-two/3/escaping

Episode 4 - THE CAPTORS (45 mins), 7th January
What's happening on the other side of the door?

https://serialpodcast.org/season-two/4/the-captors

Episode 5 - MEANWHILE, IN TAMPA (54 mins), 21st January
CIA, FBI, YouTube, the Portland PD? There was no handbook for getting Bergdahl back.

https://serialpodcast.org/season-two/5/ ... e-in-tampa

Episode 6 - 5 O'CLOCK SHADOW (1hr), 4th February
Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off?

https://serialpodcast.org/season-two/6/5-oclock-shadow

Season 1 -

What is Season 1's case?

On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She'd been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae's body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.

Sarah Koenig, who hosts Serial, first learned about this case more than a year ago. In the months since, she's been sorting through box after box (after box) of legal documents and investigators' notes, listening to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talking to everyone she can find who remembers what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee fifteen years ago. What she realized is that the trial covered up a far more complicated story, which neither the jury nor the public got to hear. The high school scene, the shifting statements to police, the prejudices, the sketchy alibis, the scant forensic evidence - all of it leads back to the most basic questions: How can you know a person’s character? How can you tell what they’re capable of? In Season One of Serial, she looks for answers.


Episodes - All available on iTunes for free - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/serial/id917918570 or streamed at their website - http://serialpodcast.org/

Expected to be about 12 episodes for Season 1. Episodes release every Thursday.

Evidence referenced in each episode are in the links below.

Episode 1 - The Alibi (53 mins), 3rd October
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 what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/1/the-alibi

Episode 2 - The Breakup (36 mins), 3rd October
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 Adnan, were under special pressure at home, and the stress of that spilled over into their relationship. Eventually Hae broke up with Adnan. And then, depending on who you ask, Adnan was either understandably sad and moping around, or full of rage and plotting to kill her.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/2/the-breakup

Episode 3 - Leakin Park (28 mins), 9th October
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 instance, why did he walk so far into the woods - 127 feet - to relieve himself? And that’s just the start. A look into the man’s past reveals some bizarre behavior.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/3/leakin-park

Episode 4 - Inconsistences (34 mins), 16th October
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 comes clean. He tells them what happened on January 13th. A few weeks later, he’s back at Homicide and his story has changed. In some ways, these changes are small and understandable. In other ways, they’re big and confounding.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/4/inconsistencies

Episode 5 - Route Talk (43 mins), 23rd October
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 try to recreate the entire route that Jay said he and Adnan took on January 13th, 1999.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/5/route-talk

Episode 6 - The Case Against Adnan Syed (43 mins), 30th October
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 against Adnan, including curious behavior, a disconcerting note, and an unexplained mid-afternoon phone call.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/6/t ... adnan-syed

Episode 7 - The Opposite of the Prosecution (33 mins), 6th November
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 attorneys on that case to see if she could offer any insight into Adnan’s case, and got much more than she bargained for.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/7/t ... rosecution

Episode 8 - The Deal with Jay (44 mins), 13th November
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?

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/8/the-deal-with-jay

Episode 9 - To Be Suspected (48 mins), 20th November
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.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/9/to-be-suspected

Episode 10 - The Best Defense is a Good Defense (54 mins), 4th December
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?

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/10/ ... od-defense

Episode 11 - Rumors (41mins), 11th December
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.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/11/rumors

Episode 12: Finale - What We Know (55mins), 18th December
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.

http://serialpodcast.org/season-one/12/what-we-know

SEASON ONE: UPDATE

DAY 01, ADNAN SYED’S HEARING (16 mins), 4th February 2016

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.

https://serialpodcast.org/season-one/ad ... ds-hearing

What your fellow GRcaders have been saying about the podcast

Just listened to the first episode, it's very good. The narrator has the perfect voice for this, haven't really bothered with any podcasts before but this is interesting.

Loving this already listened to the first 2.

This is okay.

Listened to the first episode and it's excellent. Really easy to listen to.

Up to date now in time for 1x05, it's a really engrossing story well-told.

Really enjoying this.

On episode 2, this is damnit interesting.

It's totally gripping.

All caught up. It's great. As in a great listen.


Media









This fall's best new podcast is called Serial and it's the first podcast series I've ever listened to that can objectively be described as suspenseful.

http://gizmodo.com/listen-to-serial-a-r ... 1642665464

Short segment on Newsnight - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29859960

Is it wrong to be hooked on Serial - http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/a ... al/382500/

Serial: listeners of podcast phenomenon turn detectives – with troubling results - http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio ... ng-results

Serial review – the greatest murder mystery you will ever hear - http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/n ... -ever-hear

Why Are “Serial” Podcast Fans So Obsessed With MailChimp? - https://www.vocativ.com/culture/media/mailchip-serial/

‘Serial’ Puts Podcasts Back on Marketers’ Radar: News Digest - http://online.wsj.com/articles/serial-p ... 1415336094

‘Serial’ Is The Hottest Show Of The Fall — Do Marketers Need a Podcast Strategy? - http://blogs.wsj.com/cmo/2014/11/05/ser ... marketing/

5 Reasons Everyone’s Obsessed with ‘Serial’ - http://www.vulture.com/2014/11/serial-p ... essed.html

Guardian interview - http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio ... ah-koening
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by Venom » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:41 am

The high school album and story setup kinda makes me think this is like a Twin Peaks radio show. There's something about a 'radio-play' that can be so engaging because it practically makes you feel you are in the room. I haven't actually listened to this form of podcast but it seems interesting so I will give the first one a download. Thanks Monkey Man.
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by Poser » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:59 am

That sounds great. I've never bothered with podcasts, but I'll look at this as something to listen to when walking the dog. Looks good.
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by 1cmanny1 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:16 am

I will give it a go, if it isn't good ban request.
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by Irene Demova » Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:52 am

Just listened to the firs episode, it's very good. The narrator has the perfect voice for this, haven't really bothered with any podcasts before but this is interesting
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by Slartibartfast » Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:32 pm

So... a Radio play?
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by Slayerx » Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:28 pm

Loving this already listened to the first 2.
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by Johnny Ryall » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:13 pm

[iup=3592810]Slartibartfast[/iup] wrote:So... a Radio play?



No. Documentary. It's good.
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by 1cmanny1 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:11 am

This is okay. Although she seems to be very biased to the fact that he is innocent, when he is clearly not.
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by Hyperion » Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:08 am

Listened to the first episode and it's excellent. Really easy to listen to.
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by Monkey Man » Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:19 pm

Episode 4 -

Seems very weird that Anan would trust someone he hardly knows to help him bury the body. The changing the story all the time was also very dodgy especially about when he first saw the body.
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by Clarkman » Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:12 pm

Listened to all 4 episodes with my girlfriend. Do we know if we get answers by the end of the series?
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by Irene Demova » Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:44 pm

[iup=3593426]Clarkman[/iup] wrote:Listened to all 4 episodes with my girlfriend. Do we know if we get answers by the end of the series?

No, they're still doing investigations as they tape each episode

We’ve been getting lots of questions about why we’re only releasing one episode per week instead of the entire season all at once for those of you inclined to binge-listen. The reason is: We're still making them. As I write this, in fact, Sarah is re-writing Episode 5.

I guess you could say we didn’t get all our work done ahead of time. We’re reporting this story as we write it. We’re still pinning down information, doing interviews, following leads. So when you listen each week, the truth is that you’re actually not all that far behind us.
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by Rog » Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:50 pm

How do they know it will make 12 episodes then?
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by Monkey Man » Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:55 pm

[iup=3593549]Rog[/iup] wrote:How do they know it will make 12 episodes then?

Budget & Scheduling I assume. I would have thought they have a rough outline of what each episode will be about but flexible enough to add, remove or move stuff around.
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by Johnny Ryall » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:07 pm

[iup=3593216]1cmanny1[/iup] wrote:This is okay. Although she seems to be very biased to the fact that he is innocent, when he is clearly not.



No she isn't. I'm paraphrasing but when that Asia girl (I think it was her) says something like "if he's innocent and I can help then great, but if he's guilty he needs to be fully punished". She fully agreed with that quote.

Besides what would be the point in her attacking him? He's already in jail and he wouldn't speak to her if she started being nasty.
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by Irene Demova » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:59 pm

The end of the second and the third ep very much support a guilty theory too
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by It'sNotLupus » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:39 pm

God I hope David Fincher adapts this into a film.
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by Memento Mori » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:08 pm

Up to date now in time for 1x05, it's a really engrossing story well-told.

[iup=3593392]Monkey Man[/iup] wrote:Episode 4 -

Seems very weird that Anan would trust someone he hardly knows to help him bury the body. The changing the story all the time was also very dodgy especially about when he first saw the body.

None of Jay's ever-changing stories made any sense. Were this fiction and didn't involve real people who could sue for libel I know who I'd state categorically is the murderer. Koenig skirted around the edges of my theory in 1x04- Jay was jealous at Anam's close friendship with his girlfriend.
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by Nathanbrains » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:25 pm

This really is excellent. Smashed through the first 4 in one sitting and now tomorrow's episode can't come soon enough.

[iup=3596396]Memento Mori[/iup] wrote:Up to date now in time for 1x05, it's a really engrossing story well-told.

[iup=3593392]Monkey Man[/iup] wrote:Episode 4 -

Seems very weird that Anan would trust someone he hardly knows to help him bury the body. The changing the story all the time was also very dodgy especially about when he first saw the body.

None of Jay's ever-changing stories made any sense. Were this fiction and didn't involve real people who could sue for libel I know who I'd state categorically is the murderer. Koenig skirted around the edges of my theory in 1x04- Jay was jealous at Anam's close friendship with his girlfriend.


I'm leaning towards a similar theory to be honest. It's such a shame we can't hear from the 2 investigators on the case, I'm sure they would have lots of information to offer on why they were so certain it was Anan.

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