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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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The state of Ohio decides where Joshua belongs.
A teenager decides to cooperate.
If you listen closely to the trash-talking, you start to get the message.
Life after you put a cop in jail.
Don’t tell the judges, but the prosecutors have the most power in the building.
What happens when the right evidence points to the wrong man?
The smell of raw marijuana + acting nervous + hands in pockets = ?
When a judge believes he knows you better than you know yourself.
A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?
S03 Trailer

S03 Trailer

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Serial is heading back to court—this time, in Cleveland. Hear the trailer now.
The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?
Are you hearing what I’m hearing?
You don’t make peace with your friends. 
Woulda, coulda, shoulda…
It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.
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.
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.
Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off? 
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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Buddy Barlow

c2@vghh f dads dgg

Jul 30th
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James Anthony Schultz

I wonder if all this transpired around the time Joe Biden was quoted on the senate floor as saying "I don't want your children or my children growing up in a racial jungle." I'm sure that influenced some of those decisions.

Jul 23rd
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SPL80

The Rose Garden ceremony was intentional. Keep the american people at war with eachother. Typical and predictable 20/20.

Jul 20th
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S R

Adnan is 100% guilty

Jul 13th
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Chet Hjr

I love how this episode starts with "the cops who investigated the murder were both experienced Baltimore City detectives". Must not have been too experienced or maybe no common sense, because the the wrong person was found guilty.

Jul 10th
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Robin Atkins

finally starting this podcast

Jul 5th
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Math Robs

Keep away from blue eyed people? There’s loads of Afghans with blue eyes

Jun 28th
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SPL80

Red fibers - Jay said Anand was wearing red gloves when he picked him up at the Best Buy. Did they ever find the gloves? Did they test the shovels? Were there any DNA on the handles? sounds like the investigation trailed along Jay's narrative. Another case closed. Does not look like they spend the time or funding on any sort of DNA. They based it all on 4 of the 14 phone records, and Jay's shakey narrative. The only thing that really makes me question Aanon is that the phone calls to Hay stopped after she was reported missing. He also said he was not that close to Jay, however it seems like they were close enough to pass off cell phones and loan vehicles. Not something you would typically do if you don't trust someone. Either way, I still do not trust Jay's story...what was laced in the weed that Jay provided Aanon. So much so he would try to get rid of a bad high🤔. Was this intentional? ...or was he just trying to come down for potential questioning?

Jun 27th
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SPL80

Jay was clearly jealous of the golden boy, Anand. He was embraced by his classmates, extremely close to his girlfriend, and accepted by her parents. Jay had been seething with envy. The tipping point- the stuffed reindeer. The fact that Anand was thoughtful enough to buy a gift for Jay's girlfriend, was the final straw. The fact that Anand he had to encorage Jay to be a thoughtful boyfriend was a huge slap in the face to Jay's ego. Jay clearly had one. This was revealed in the confessional. He bragged about how his affiliates. The cops seemed to thing he was a low petty crime dude. Not even kn the radar. I thought that realization was actually funny. This is a huge indicator that Jay was delusional. It is clearly a set up. The cops fed jnto it. Most likely because it was an easy case to close. The golden boy was the target. The rolls have been reversed. Now Jay is honorable for seeking out the police, telling the "truth" even though his truth was contradictory sever times...he helping close a case and clearly he drew the narrative, and the police were along for the ride - The golden boy is not so golden after all. He is locked up, no longer a wedge between Jay and his girlfriend. Sweet, discreet revenge. So sad.

Jun 27th
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CU Pranav

so they just agreed on Jay's words ,but was not ready to listen to others ?

Jun 25th
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Life and Liberty

the longer this series goes on... the more and more bias the narrator gets. Season 1 was goodish. you could tell which way she leaned early on... now, she just straight up defends every criminal! this episode she asks did any adult know where you were after you were taken into custody? the answer was No. but that is a complete lie. he was taken into custody FROM HIS BED AT HIS HOUSE. there were no parents there? his parents knew exactly where he was. just tell the story and let the listen decide what the truth is. quit being so biased!

Jun 24th
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Tara Mcgowan

I can't get past one thing. if I heard my friend was missing, what is my first reaction? I would immediately try calling and texting them. i why did he never try reaching out to her? because she already knew she was dead?

Jun 23rd
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Tonya Fergerson

That lawyer's voice, tone and speech timing is like nails on a chalk board! I want to slap her silly and tell her to spit it out!

Jun 6th
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Matt 24

you left out the kathy witness, she puts adnan and jay together on that night hae disappeared. jay knew where her car was, he's definitely involved, his lying is obviously to minimize his involvement. the defense attorney only goal is to create doubt by making the jury believe someone else did it, they couldn't do that. even adnan years later telling his story doesn't help us believe someone else would've done it. anyone who believes jay did would have done it with adnan not being involved at all, would have to consider jay as a criminal mastermind, who committed murder with a petty motive, by the way jay hasn't committed a violent crime since this event, he seems like a simpleton who still has a guilty conscience just for being involved in helping adnan.

Jun 4th
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Matt 24

the narrator wouldn't be allowed on a jury in this case, she's been exposed to prejudices

Jun 4th
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Matt 24

yall reaching to make reasonable doubt, dude is guilty

Jun 4th
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Matt 24

jay and adnan are both lying. jay doesn't want to be an accomplice to the murder, so he says he came on the scene after the murder. adnan doesn't want to admit he was involved at all.

Jun 4th
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Matt 24

here's my theory, the girl hey goes to best buy alone to meet jay to buy weed. jay sets hey up, he and ednon preplanned this. jay meets hey at best buy and says I don't have the weed we're going to have to go get it, jay calls ednon who's waiting around the corner. ednon shows up pretended everything is cool. ednon gets in hey's car, jay follows in his car, the two guys have made up a story "we gotta go somewhere else to get the weed". they go to park n ride. jay is possibly only the lookout, who knows, hey is killed at the park n ride. they leave her in the trunk, get in Jay's car possibly shook up and try to figure out what to do next.

Jun 3rd
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Matt 24

if you think of Jay's confession like this, jay confesses because he believes enon will eventually confess. so essentially jay is trying to minimize his involvement. enon never confesses therefore Jay's story gets muddy because his confession is not combating the other guys confession. most likely jay was present during the murder.

Jun 3rd
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Charlie Finnegan

Glad we're finally getting information from people who aren't biased in Adnon's favor. Jay may have had more involvement, but the case is still strongest against Adnon.

May 29th
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