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KMS84
 Oct 18, 2022
Always a pleasure. Provocative & entertaining.

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 Oct 17, 2022
The first season was new, interesting, and compelling. The quality and content has been diminishing ever since.


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Serial Productions makes narrative podcasts whose quality and innovation transformed the medium. “Serial” began in 2014 as a spinoff of the public radio show “This American Life.” In 2020, we joined the New York Times Company. Our shows have reached many millions of listeners and have won nearly every major journalism award for audio, including the first-ever Peabody Award given to a podcast. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest Serial Productions news: https://bit.ly/3FIOJj9 Have thoughts or feedback on our shows? Email us at serialshows@nytimes.com

Episode Date
We Were Three - Ep. 3: I Am All That Is Left. Amen.
00:44:20

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

 

For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html

Oct 13, 2022
We Were Three - Ep. 2: Assassin
00:49:24

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

Oct 13, 2022
We Were Three - Ep. 1: Black Box
00:43:59

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

 

For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html

Oct 13, 2022
We Were Three - Trailer
00:03:02

A three-part series from This American Life producer Nancy Updike. When Rachel McKibbens’s father and brother died suddenly last fall, two weeks apart, from Covid, she’d had no idea her father was sick, and no idea her brother was dying. They were unvaccinated, but the story of what happened started long before that. All three episodes of "We Were Three," a new show from Serial Productions and The New York Times, are available now wherever you get your podcasts.

Oct 13, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 8
00:47:31
A man banned from working in education in the aftermath of the Trojan Horse letter inspires Brian and Hamza to track down one last witness with him – in Australia. And all three travelers find their faith tested.
Mar 18, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 7
00:50:26
Birmingham authorities struggle to explain why they disavowed their own findings about the Trojan Horse plot. But when Brian and Hamza make a discovery deep inside some court documents, everything suddenly makes sense.
Mar 18, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 6
01:04:56
Hamza takes a long, hard look at what the government found when it investigated more than 20 majority-Muslim schools in Birmingham. And our two reporters have a confrontation – with each other.
Mar 18, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 5
01:00:08
Hamza and Brian learn that the Trojan Horse letter wasn’t the only unsigned letter alleging an extremist operation was afoot in Birmingham. An interview with a couple who lodged complaints against their school starts out cordially, but six hours later, the atmosphere is so tense that not even an offer of tea can smooth things over. And Hamza stops pretending he’s not angry about what he’s hearing.
Mar 18, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 4
00:45:25
A series of frustrating interviews with Birmingham politicians leaves Brian and Hamza wondering if crucial information about the Trojan Horse letter was kept from officials in London. Then one rainy Friday afternoon, Brian hears back from a government source who wants to meet right away.
Mar 18, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 3
00:38:07
In a state of surprise, Hamza and Brian leave a meeting with the man the Trojan Horse letter was first sent to. And they learn about an internal investigation report that local officials have kept hidden, but which they think could contain a bombshell.
Mar 18, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 2
00:53:20
Hamza and Brian think the source of the Trojan Horse letter might be hiding in plain sight. After learning about the petty personnel dispute that probably gave rise to the letter, they’re even more bewildered about how it ever could have been taken seriously.
Mar 18, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 1
00:59:16
A strange letter appears outlining a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate Birmingham schools. Hamza and Brian visit the supposed mastermind of the plot, and he tells them he did take over a bunch of schools – just not for the reasons in the letter.
Mar 18, 2022
The Trojan Horse Affair - Trailer
00:04:07
A mysterious letter detailing a supposed Islamist plot to take over schools shocked Britain in 2014. But who wrote it? From Serial Productions and The New York Times, “The Trojan Horse Affair,” an investigation that became bigger than we ever imagined. All eight parts are available now, wherever you get your podcasts. Search "The Trojan Horse Affair."
Feb 03, 2022
The Improvement Association - Ep. 5: ‘Democrat, Republican, White, Black, Green’
00:48:50

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 political power here. Zoe examines what this election could mean for the PAC’s future.  

Apr 28, 2021
The Improvement Association - Ep. 4: ‘Let Them Pull the Red Wagon’
00:51:02

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 bold move by supporting a political upset at the center of the county.

Apr 28, 2021
The Improvement Association - Ep. 3: ‘The Ballad of the Nursing Home Ballots’
00:39:37

Zoe delves into one of the most serious allegations against the Bladen Improvement PAC: an accusation about stealing votes from vulnerable people that goes back 10 years. In trying to track down the veracity of this particularly persistent rumor, she comes to understand how and why election cheating allegations are so sticky.

Apr 28, 2021
The Improvement Association - Ep. 2: ‘Where Is Your Choice?’
00:44:12

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 leveled against the organization. In the middle of another election, Zoe goes out with members of the PAC to watch how they operate and try to make sense of all these allegations against them.

Apr 28, 2021
The Improvement Association - Ep. 1: ‘The Big Shadoo’
00:44:13

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 leader of the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC, a Black political advocacy group whose name was dragged into the scandal. Horace asks Zoe to come down and investigate for herself and find out who is really cheating.

Apr 28, 2021
The Improvement Association - Trailer
00:03:37

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

Mar 30, 2021
Nice White Parents - Ep. 5: ‘We Know It When We See It’
00:52:24

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 district for BHS mandated a change in the zoning process to ensure all middle schools would be racially integrated. No longer can white families hoard resources in a few select schools. Black and Latino parents have been demanding this change since the late 1950s. The courts have mandated it. Chana asks: How did this happen? And is this a blueprint for real, systemic change?

Aug 20, 2020
Nice White Parents - Ep. 4: ‘Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do’
00:48:54

Public schools are inequitable because the school systems are maniacally loyal to white families. We can’t have equitable public education unless schools limit the disproportionate power of white parents. But is that even possible? Chana finds two schools that are trying to do just that, and both are actually inside the 293 building. One is downstairs in the basement, where a charter school called Success Academy opened about 7 years ago. The other is upstairs at BHS, the newly renamed SIS.

Aug 20, 2020
Nice White Parents - Ep. 3: ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’
00:45:04

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 School for International Studies, from the 1980s through the modern education reforms of the 2000s. In the process, Chana talks to alumni who loved their school and never questioned why it was on the edge of a white neighborhood. To them, it was just where everyone went. But she also speaks to some who watched the school change over the years and questioned whether a local community school board was secretly plotting against 293.

Aug 20, 2020
Nice White Parents - Ep. 2: ‘I Still Believe in It’
00:51:53

Chana Joffe-Walt searches the New York City Board of Education archives for more information about the School for International Studies, which was originally called I.S. 293.

In the process, she finds a folder of letters written in 1963 by mostly white families in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. They are asking for the board to change the proposed construction of the school to a site where it would be more likely to be racially integrated.

It’s less than a decade after Brown v. Board of Education, amid a growing civil rights movement, and the white parents writing letters are emphatic that they want an integrated school. They get their way and the school site changes — but after that, nothing else goes as planned.

Aug 20, 2020
Nice White Parents - Ep. 1: The Book of Statuses
01:01:20

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 School for International Studies’s 6th grade class swells from 30 mostly Latino, Black and Middle Eastern students, to a class of 103 —an influx almost entirely driven by white families.

Everyone wants “what’s best for the school” but it becomes clear that they don’t share the same vision of what “best” means.

For more information about this show, visit nytimes.com/nicewhiteparents

Aug 20, 2020
S-Town - Chapter VII
01:01:39

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

Nov 20, 2018
S-Town - Chapter VI
00:45:26

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

Nov 20, 2018
S-Town - Chapter V
01:00:48

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

Nov 20, 2018
S-Town - Chapter IV
01:01:02

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

Nov 20, 2018
S-Town - Chapter III
00:52:31

“Tedious and brief.”

Nov 20, 2018
S-Town - Chapter II
00:46:38

“Has anybody called you?”

Nov 20, 2018
S-Town - Chapter I
00:51:21

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

Nov 20, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 9: Some Time When Everything Has Changed
00:48:04

The state of Ohio decides where Joshua belongs.

Nov 15, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 8: A Madman’s Vacation
01:03:04

A teenager decides to cooperate.

Nov 08, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 7: The Snowball Effect
00:53:21

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

Oct 25, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 6: You in the Red Shirt
00:49:29

Life after you put a cop in jail.

Oct 18, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 5: Pleas Baby Pleas
00:58:42

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

Oct 11, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 4: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street
00:58:35

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

Oct 04, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 3: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit
01:00:35

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

Sep 27, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 2: You’ve Got Some Gauls
00:54:55

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

Sep 20, 2018
Serial S03 - Ep. 1: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center
00:50:33

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

Sep 20, 2018
Serial S02 - Ep. 11: Present for Duty
01:03:52

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

Mar 31, 2016
Serial S02 - Ep. 10: Thorny Politics
00:50:27

Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

Mar 17, 2016
Serial S02 - Ep. 9: Trade Secrets
00:47:43

You don’t make peace with your friends. 

Mar 03, 2016
Serial S02 - Ep. 8: Hindsight, Part 2
00:35:28

Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

Feb 19, 2016
Serial S02 - Ep. 7: Hindsight, Part 1
00:36:50

It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

Feb 18, 2016
Serial S02 - Ep. 6: 5 O’Clock Shadow
00:58:48

Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off? 

Feb 04, 2016
Serial S02 - Ep. 5: Meanwhile, in Tampa
00:52:17

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

Jan 21, 2016
Serial S02 - Ep. 4: The Captors
00:43:58

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

Jan 07, 2016
Serial S02 - Ep. 3: Escaping
00:53:00

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

Dec 24, 2015
Serial S02 - Ep. 2: The Golden Chicken
00:58:03

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?

Dec 17, 2015
Serial S02 - Ep. 1: DUSTWUN
00:43:05

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 later, it occurs to him: he’s in over his head. 

Dec 10, 2015
Serial S01 Ep. 13: Adnan Is Out
00:16:53

It’s Baltimore, 2022. Adnan Syed has spent the last 23 years incarcerated, serving a life sentence for the murder of Hae Min Lee, a crime he says he didn’t commit. He has exhausted every legal avenue for relief, including a petition to the United States Supreme Court. But then, a prosecutor in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office stumbled upon two handwritten notes in Adnan’s case file, and that changes everything. 

Dec 18, 2014
Serial S01 Update 3: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing
00:14:12

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

Dec 18, 2014
Serial S01 Update 2: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing
00:14:38

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

Dec 18, 2014
Serial S01 Update 1: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing
00:15:07

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

Dec 18, 2014
Serial S01 - Ep. 12: What We Know
00:54:25

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 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
Serial S01 - Ep. 11: Rumors
00:39:40

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, Sarah started getting phone calls from people who knew Adnan back then, and told her stories of a different kind of boy.

Dec 11, 2014
Serial S01 - Ep. 10: The Best Defense is a Good Defense
00:52:42

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 murder charge. But Adnan was convicted, and a year later, Gutierrez was disbarred. What happened? 

Dec 04, 2014
Serial S01 - Ep. 9: To Be Suspected
00:44:46

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 little more than a year later, being sentenced to life in prison.

Nov 20, 2014
Serial S01 - Ep. 8: The Deal With Jay
00:42:44

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, 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?

Nov 13, 2014
Serial S01 - Ep. 7: The Opposite of the Prosecution
00:31:57

Adnan told Sarah about a case in Virginia that had striking similarities to his own: one key witness, incriminating cell phone records, young people, 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.

Nov 06, 2014
Serial S01 - Ep. 6: The Case Against Adnan Syed
00:42:58

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 circumstantial evidence they had against Adnan, including curious behavior, a disconcerting note, and an unexplained mid-afternoon phone call.

Oct 30, 2014
Serial S01 - Ep. 5: Route Talk
00:42:51

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 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
Serial S01 - Ep. 4: Inconsistencies
00:33:14

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 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
Serial S01 - Ep. 3: Leakin Park
00:27:07

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 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
Serial S01 - Ep. 2: The Breakup
00:35:49

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, 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.

Oct 03, 2014
Serial S01 - Ep. 1: The Alibi
00:52:57

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 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.
 

Oct 03, 2014