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Rank #2 in News & Politics category

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Serial

Rank #2 in News & Politics category

News & Politics
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Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, 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 happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.

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Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, 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 happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.

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42340 Ratings
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4803
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Season 1

By Stephyhope - Feb 17 2019
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I just got into this podcast and all in general. I’m very intrigued by the Syed case and I’m wondering why if he was granted a new trial was that never an episode? Is this just done over? Am I missing something? I’m new to the world just trying to figure out if anyone knows what’s happening it’s very intriguing to me I just did research so I’m interested to see.

Season 3

By Juliakimj - Feb 15 2019
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Season 3 is very bingable. It made me furious tho.

iTunes Ratings

42340 Ratings
Average Ratings
32381
4803
2271
1379
1506

Season 1

By Stephyhope - Feb 17 2019
Read more

I just got into this podcast and all in general. I’m very intrigued by the Syed case and I’m wondering why if he was granted a new trial was that never an episode? Is this just done over? Am I missing something? I’m new to the world just trying to figure out if anyone knows what’s happening it’s very intriguing to me I just did research so I’m interested to see.

Season 3

By Juliakimj - Feb 15 2019
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Season 3 is very bingable. It made me furious tho.

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Serial

Rank #2 in News & Politics category

Read more

Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, 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 happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Top Episodes

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Rank #1: S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty

Mar 31 2016
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The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?

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Rank #2: S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN

Dec 10 2015
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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. 

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Rank #3: S03 Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

Sep 20 2018
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A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?

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Rank #4: S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics

Mar 17 2016
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Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

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Rank #5: S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets

Mar 03 2016
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You don’t make peace with your friends. 

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Rank #6: S02 Episode 02: The Golden Chicken

Dec 17 2015
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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?

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Rank #7: S02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2

Feb 19 2016
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Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

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Rank #8: S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies

Oct 16 2014
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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.

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Rank #9: S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

Oct 23 2014
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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.  

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Rank #10: S02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1

Feb 18 2016
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It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

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Rank #11: S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

Oct 09 2014
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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.

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Rank #12: S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

Feb 06 2016
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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 evidence, and present a case for why his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.

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Rank #13: S02 Episode 03: Escaping

Dec 24 2015
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Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.

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Rank #14: S02 Episode 06: 5 O'Clock Shadow

Feb 04 2016
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Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off? 

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Rank #15: S01 Episode 12: What We Know

Dec 18 2014
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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.

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Rank #1: S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty

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

Mar 31 2016
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #2: S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN

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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. 

Dec 10 2015
44 mins
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Rank #3: S03 Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

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

Sep 20 2018
54 mins
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Rank #4: S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics

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Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

Mar 17 2016
52 mins
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Rank #5: S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets

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You don’t make peace with your friends. 

Mar 03 2016
49 mins
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Rank #6: S02 Episode 02: The Golden Chicken

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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?

Dec 17 2015
59 mins
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Rank #7: S02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2

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Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

Feb 19 2016
37 mins
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Rank #8: S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies

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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.

Oct 16 2014
34 mins
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Rank #9: S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

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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.  

Oct 23 2014
43 mins
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Rank #10: S02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1

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It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

Feb 18 2016
38 mins
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Rank #11: S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

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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.

Oct 09 2014
28 mins
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Rank #12: S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

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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 evidence, and present a case for why his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.

Feb 06 2016
15 mins
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Rank #13: S02 Episode 03: Escaping

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

Dec 24 2015
55 mins
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Rank #14: S02 Episode 06: 5 O'Clock Shadow

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Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off? 

Feb 04 2016
1 hour
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Rank #15: S01 Episode 12: What We Know

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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.

Dec 18 2014
56 mins
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