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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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S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

2014-10-0300:53:411,583

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.  
S01 Episode 02: The Breakup

S01 Episode 02: The Breakup

2014-10-0300:36:35603

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.
S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

2014-10-0900:27:59426

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.
S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies

S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies

2014-10-1600:34:06513

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.
S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

2014-10-2300:43:37467

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.  
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.
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.
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?
S01 Episode 09: To Be Suspected

S01 Episode 09: To Be Suspected

2014-11-2000:45:37405

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.
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? 
S01 Episode 11: Rumors

S01 Episode 11: Rumors

2014-12-1100:40:26325

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.
S01 Episode 12: What We Know

S01 Episode 12: What We Know

2014-12-1800:55:09442

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.
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.
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.
S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN

S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN

2015-12-1000:43:47368

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. 
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?
S02 Episode 03: Escaping

S02 Episode 03: Escaping

2015-12-2400:54:01177

Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.
S02 Episode 04: The Captors

S02 Episode 04: The Captors

2016-01-0700:44:44178

What's happening on the other side of the door?
CIA, FBI, YouTube, the Portland PD? There was no handbook for getting Bergdahl back.
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Ryan Dunn

The female prosecutor Jennifer was a real cunt.

Jan 15th
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Kit Kat

Thank you for all the work and time that went into making this podcast! The issues concerning race, gender, and our justice system are extremely relevant and the public should get to know all sides of the story. Can't wait to hear more :)

Jan 15th
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Meme Chef

Jay's a shady boy who seems like he's covering something up or covering for someone else.

Jan 14th
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Shelene W

My opinion DYS invoked his adult sentence because of that packet of grievances.

Jan 13th
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Daniel Stoner

He wanted to be the hero, the big man, the legend but all he turned out to be was a moaning, whiney, self opinionated, selfish piece of sh*t

Jan 9th
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Jacob Greenfield

Ok is nobody going to talk about the fact that the state’s attorney tried to get Sarah out of the room in a hearing where they created fake evidence? If Sarah wasn’t there, there would be no record of the hearing (maybe a transcript, Idk).

Jan 4th
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Daniel Cole

I hope you continue this podcast you are f****** awesome reporter up the great work

Jan 1st
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Daniel Cole

this season is teaching me never to go to Ohio

Dec 31st
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Daniel Cole

loving this podcast did he do it yes maybe not did mr. X do it yes he did but maybe not I don't know what to think it's such a good podcast

Dec 28th
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Daniel Cole

just got introduced to your podcast I'm on episode 3 I was looking at the weekend paper Baltimore and it mentioned this spot serious so I decided to try it out love it

Dec 28th
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Jq Baker

If Joshua goes to the Adult Unit then he will have to face those guys he snitched on in there. Thats probably what he is really worried about.

Dec 22nd
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Jq Baker

They need to clean up the city starting with the police.

Dec 21st
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Revengance Gaming

if you want the full updates...however you want to feel about this case. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Hae_Min_Lee

Dec 11th
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Brian Maragos

Wow, with all the steam this podcast has gained, I expected him to be so obviously innocent. But unless the rest of the season provides some drastic evidence or shifts in narrative, this just makes him look 98% guilty. How biased can you people be? To this point of the podcast, he absolutely did it.

Dec 9th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

Anybody know when #SeialSeason4 is being released? #Serial #TrueCrime #AnticipatingSeialSeaon4

Dec 8th
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mia blu

So fu###ng upsetting! This is how the police run people where I'm from. Independent of race, if your poor.

Dec 8th
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Jacqueline Sweeney

if Jay is trying to pin this murder on Adnan wouldnt he of planned that before and called nesha so they could "prove" Adnan was with him?

Dec 7th
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mia blu

being from a poor community of imagrants in the eastern us, I feel this program does a great job exposing how the "other half lives." I just simply cannot understand how middle n upper America has zero cents or frame of reference for the reality of the rest of us.

Dec 7th
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mia blu

Gaul has alot of gall lol

Dec 7th
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Janette Jones

The goal to just "build your case" not get to the truth is EXACTLY what is wrong with the justice system. Also, letting someone who is complicit go free, just for giving up their co-complicit "friend"....These are 2 reasons why so many innocent people are locked up. The injustice system incentivizes locking up the wrong people. The full truth will be revealed one day.

Dec 6th
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