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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

2014-10-0353:411,649

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

2014-10-0336:35631

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

2014-10-0927:59444

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.
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

2014-10-2343:37495

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?
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

2014-12-1140:26343

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.
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

2015-12-1043:47387

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

2015-12-2454:01186

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

2016-01-0744:44186

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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Billy Pangel

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Mar 31st
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jellie bean

I'm hooked on this series

Mar 30th
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Sarah Mann

I don't understand what's going on. is there not an introduction to what this story is about???

Mar 12th
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Jimmy Jurassic

Sooo...if I assume a rich, powerful, white guy is a sexual predator based on modern stereotypes, that's cool right?

Mar 11th
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Peter Ruiz

Heard the whole season 1 today. Enthralling is all I can say. But the one thing I can't wrapnly head around is Jay. He admitted to digging the hole, and helping dispose of the body. So, this should narrow down the guilty parties ( Jay and ?) scratch out Mr S., unless he knew Jay. wouldn't that be something! It's either Adnan and Jay equally guilty. Or just Jay. and Jay being the smartest to get away with it. Regardless, Jay getting 2 years probation is laughable. I'm sorry but even at that age you know right from wrong. IDC how street you are. the second you're asked to help with that you run away , call the police and tell them everything ASAP. I don't buy his BS reasons. Adnan is a charming dude, has the gift of gab. but I believe he's a sociopath and to some extent a narcissist. He sells it very well. He even convinces himself he's innocent. I wanted to believe he's innocent, but in the end I think he's where he needs to be. However, Jay? man, how in the hell did he get 2 years probation only? because he cried? And showed remorse? and was cooperative? I mean anyone would in that position would do ,and act the same way if they knew it would help them get that kind of sentence! Anyways, great show! I am addicted to it! can't wait to hear season 2!

Mar 7th
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Eva Smith

Jay is so guilty also this Jen person is kind of dodgy too. So many people who could be guilty where are they only focussing on the boyfriends????? like if your listening after Jan 2020

Mar 4th
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Bent van der Meulen

started alright, but this series is moving way too slow and the end is disappointing

Mar 3rd
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Micheal Nickolls

Just wondering are uou guys doing any more podcasts?

Mar 3rd
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Faten Hojeij

"It never helps to be black, and it never hurts to be white." this is so disgusting and sad.

Mar 2nd
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Seth Garrett Runsick

I wish Sarah would go through the same little program/exercise that some reporters and activist have went through that had to decide in the heat of the moment if a gun was real or if someone was armed and a threat. alot of people would change their thoughts on tamir being an unjustified shooting. not saying it was right but it would shift the perspective of someone that has no idea of what it's like to be there. https://youtu.be/yfi3Ndh3n-g

Feb 29th
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Seth Garrett Runsick

Reshawn had to take responsibility for being at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong crowd. Gaul wasnt looking for him to admit he was the reason the crimes happened but accept responsibility for the consequences of being associated with criminals. That he himself got into trouble because of the company he kept, that no one forced him to be there when the offenses took place.

Feb 29th
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Chrissy

Juror sounds like an idiot. Jay is not reliable or believable.

Jan 29th
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Chrissy

Jay did it. Changing stories. Why was he even a credible witness? Nothing he said made sense.

Jan 29th
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Carly Fitzgerald

the school, this many years later, could have had less bussed students. maybe a neighborhood went up nearby and there were more kids walking. you cant do a controlled experiment like that.

Jan 21st
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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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