The Trojan Horse Affair

By Serial Productions & The New York Times

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Subscribers: 4104
Reviews: 17
Episodes: 9

Nathan Scinto-Madonich
 Oct 4, 2022

 May 10, 2022

 May 2, 2022
A very interesting story about something I hadn't heard about before. It's both horrifying and unsurprising how blasé people have been about the identity of the letter's author(s). It's disappointing but also unsurprising that there wasn't any resolution in the end, because this seems to go pretty deep.

 Mar 20, 2022
Excellent investigative piece looking into unravelling the mystery behind a letter that deeply affected Muslim educators in the UK.

 Mar 13, 2022


A strange letter appears on a city councillor’s desk in Birmingham, England, laying out an elaborate plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the city’s schools. The plot has a code name: Operation Trojan Horse. The story soon explodes in the news and kicks off a national panic. By the time it all dies down, the government has launched multiple investigations, beefed up the country’s counterterrorism policy, revamped schools and banned people from education for the rest of their lives. To Hamza Syed, who is watching the scandal unfold in his city, the whole thing seemed … off. Because through all the official inquiries and heated speeches in Parliament, no one has ever bothered to answer a basic question: Who wrote the letter? And why? The night before Hamza is to start journalism school, he has a chance meeting in Birmingham with the reporter Brian Reed, the host of the hit podcast S-Town. Together they team up to investigate: Who wrote the Trojan Horse letter? They quickly discover that it’s a question people in power do not want them asking. From Serial Productions and The New York Times comes The Trojan Horse Affair: a mystery in eight parts.

Episode Date
Part 8: An Appointment in Perth
Feb 03, 2022
Part 7: The Detail of the Deputies
Feb 03, 2022
Part 6: Cucumbers and Cooker Bombs
Feb 03, 2022
Part 5: A Study in Scarlett
Feb 03, 2022
Part 4: The Meeting and the Mole
Feb 03, 2022
Part 3: Sir Albert and the Missing “H”
Feb 03, 2022
Part 2: The Case of the Four Resignations
Feb 03, 2022
Part 1: The Letter in the Brown Paper Envelope
Feb 03, 2022
Jan 27, 2022