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Serial
Serial
Serial Productions & The New York Times

Serial Productions makes narrative podcasts whose quality and innovation transformed the medium. “Serial” began in 2014 as a spinoff of the public... more

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Episodes

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

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

13 Oct 2022 · 44 minutes
We Were Three - Ep. 2: Assassin

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

13 Oct 2022 · 49 minutes
We Were Three - Ep. 1: Black Box

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

13 Oct 2022 · 43 minutes
We Were Three - Trailer

A three-part series from This American Life producer Nancy Updike. When Rachel McKibbens’s father and brother died suddenly last fall,... more

13 Oct 2022 · 3 minutes
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 8

A man banned from working in education in the aftermath of the Trojan Horse letter inspires Brian and Hamza to... more

18 Mar 2022 · 47 minutes
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 7

Birmingham authorities struggle to explain why they disavowed their own findings about the Trojan Horse plot. But when Brian and... more

18 Mar 2022 · 50 minutes
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 6

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

18 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 5

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

18 Mar 2022 · 1 hour,
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 4

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

18 Mar 2022 · 45 minutes
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 3

In a state of surprise, Hamza and Brian leave a meeting with the man the Trojan Horse letter was first... more

18 Mar 2022 · 38 minutes
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 2

Hamza and Brian think the source of the Trojan Horse letter might be hiding in plain sight. After learning about... more

18 Mar 2022 · 53 minutes
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 1

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

18 Mar 2022 · 59 minutes
The Trojan Horse Affair - Trailer

A mysterious letter detailing a supposed Islamist plot to take over schools shocked Britain in 2014. But who wrote it?... more

03 Feb 2022 · 4 minutes
The Improvement Association - Ep. 5: ‘Democrat, Republican, White, Black, Green’

The Improvement Association PAC’s power in the county is threatened when an unlikely candidate enters the race for county commissioner.... more

28 Apr 2021 · 48 minutes
The Improvement Association - Ep. 4: ‘Let Them Pull the Red Wagon’

With the PAC’s reputation suffering because of years of cheating accusations and resentment stirring within its ranks, a prominent member... more

28 Apr 2021 · 51 minutes
The Improvement Association - Ep. 3: ‘The Ballad of the Nursing Home Ballots’

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

28 Apr 2021 · 39 minutes
The Improvement Association - Ep. 2: ‘Where Is Your Choice?’

Zoe talks to people in the county who believe the Bladen Improvement PAC has been cheating for years. She tries... more

28 Apr 2021 · 44 minutes
The Improvement Association - Ep. 1: ‘The Big Shadoo’

Following a notorious case of election fraud in Bladen County, North Carolina, in 2018, the reporter Zoe Chace gets an... more

28 Apr 2021 · 44 minutes
The Improvement Association - Trailer

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

30 Mar 2021 · 3 minutes
Nice White Parents - Ep. 5: ‘We Know It When We See It’

An unexpected last chapter. Some white parents start behaving differently.

20 Aug 2020 · 52 minutes
Nice White Parents - Ep. 4: ‘Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do’

Is it possible to limit the power of white parents?

20 Aug 2020 · 48 minutes
Nice White Parents - Ep. 3: ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’

We saw what happens when white families come into the school. What happens when they stay out?

20 Aug 2020 · 45 minutes
Nice White Parents - Ep. 2: ‘I Still Believe in It’

White parents in the 1960s fought to be part of a new, racially integrated school. Where’d they go?

20 Aug 2020 · 51 minutes
Nice White Parents - Ep. 1: The Book of Statuses

A group of parents take one big step together.

20 Aug 2020 · 1 hour, 1 minute
S-Town - Chapter VII

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

20 Nov 2018 · 1 hour, 1 minute
S-Town - Chapter VI

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

20 Nov 2018 · 45 minutes
S-Town - Chapter V

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

20 Nov 2018 · 1 hour,
S-Town - Chapter IV

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

20 Nov 2018 · 1 hour, 1 minute
S-Town - Chapter III

“Tedious and brief.”

20 Nov 2018 · 52 minutes
S-Town - Chapter II

“Has anybody called you?”

20 Nov 2018 · 46 minutes
S-Town - Chapter I

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

20 Nov 2018 · 51 minutes
Serial S03 - Ep. 9: Some Time When Everything Has Changed

The state of Ohio decides where Joshua belongs.

15 Nov 2018 · 48 minutes
Serial S03 - Ep. 8: A Madman’s Vacation

A teenager decides to cooperate.

08 Nov 2018 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Serial S03 - Ep. 7: The Snowball Effect

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

25 Oct 2018 · 53 minutes
Serial S03 - Ep. 6: You in the Red Shirt

Life after you put a cop in jail.

18 Oct 2018 · 49 minutes
Serial S03 - Ep. 5: Pleas Baby Pleas

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

11 Oct 2018 · 58 minutes
Serial S03 - Ep. 4: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street

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

04 Oct 2018 · 58 minutes
Serial S03 - Ep. 3: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit

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

27 Sep 2018 · 1 hour,
Serial S03 - Ep. 2: You’ve Got Some Gauls

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

20 Sep 2018 · 54 minutes
Serial S03 - Ep. 1: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

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

20 Sep 2018 · 50 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 11: Present for Duty

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

31 Mar 2016 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 10: Thorny Politics

Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

17 Mar 2016 · 50 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 9: Trade Secrets

You don’t make peace with your friends.

03 Mar 2016 · 47 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 8: Hindsight, Part 2

Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

19 Feb 2016 · 35 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 7: Hindsight, Part 1

It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

18 Feb 2016 · 36 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 6: 5 O’Clock Shadow

Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off?

04 Feb 2016 · 58 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 5: Meanwhile, in Tampa

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

21 Jan 2016 · 52 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 4: The Captors

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

07 Jan 2016 · 43 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 3: Escaping

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

24 Dec 2015 · 53 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 2: 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... more

17 Dec 2015 · 58 minutes
Serial S02 - Ep. 1: DUSTWUN

In the middle of the night, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, snacks, water, some cash. Then he quietly slips off... more

10 Dec 2015 · 43 minutes
Serial S01 Ep. 13: Adnan Is Out

It’s Baltimore, 2022. Adnan Syed has spent the last 23 years incarcerated, serving a life sentence for the murder of... more

18 Dec 2014 · 16 minutes
Serial S01 Update 3: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

February 2016: Sarah Koenig ducks back into the Adnan Syed case for a few days. There’s a hearing in Baltimore—a... more

18 Dec 2014 · 14 minutes
Serial S01 Update 2: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

February 2016: Sarah Koenig ducks back into the Adnan Syed case for a few days. There’s a hearing in Baltimore—a... more

18 Dec 2014 · 14 minutes
Serial S01 Update 1: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

February 2016: Sarah Koenig ducks back into the Adnan Syed case for a few days. There’s a hearing in Baltimore—a... more

18 Dec 2014 · 15 minutes
Serial S01 - Ep. 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... more

18 Dec 2014 · 54 minutes
Serial S01 - Ep. 11: Rumors

Almost everyone describes the 17-year-old Adnan the same way: good kid, helpful at the mosque, respectful to his elders. But... more

11 Dec 2014 · 39 minutes
Serial S01 - Ep. 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... more

04 Dec 2014 · 52 minutes
Serial S01 - Ep. 9: 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... more

20 Nov 2014 · 44 minutes
Serial S01 - Ep. 8: 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... more

13 Nov 2014 · 42 minutes
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It’s Baltimore, 2022. Adnan Syed has spent the last 23 years incarcerated, serving a life sentence for the murder of Hae Min... more