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Serial is a podcast from Serial Productions, a New York Times company, 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 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.  
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.
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.
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.
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.
Listen to the trailer for our newest show, "The Improvement Association."  From Serial Productions and The New York Times, hosted by Zoe Chace.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Nice White Parents - Ep. 1

Nice White Parents - Ep. 1

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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
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?
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Jbilla Reezy

ok I love Serial. But not interested in a serial about election fraud. Bring back some murder and mayhem please

Apr 30th
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Janette Anderson

jury is still out with me

Apr 30th
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Rethink Life Gal

I think Jay drugged Adnan with Rohypnol and set him up with the time line. stopping in at all of those places so people see them together. why would Adnan hand over the phone to Jay with his friend while they were at the video store? someone with Jay set him up for sure.

Apr 18th
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lynn

yay!!

Apr 13th
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Dylan

wooooooo!

Apr 1st
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Greg Wingate

racist

Mar 31st
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Gunnar Lewis

I would say unbelievable....WOW!

Mar 16th
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DJ Barker

The premise of this series, is that schools need white children in them to be good. A deeply disturbing thought -and quite racist. If all children were valued equally by the education system, the colour of their skin would be irrelevent. Blaming white parents for a systemic failing of the state is appalling.

Mar 11th
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Richard Bowen

As I have become used to from the makers of This American Life, this podcast is extremely well researched and hosted by the truly exceptional Sarah Koenig. A must listen.

Feb 22nd
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Richard Bowen

Yhhhhhh dh

Feb 21st
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Tyler Foss

This whole series should have been called "rich white parents" ask any poor white person and we will tell you how much they suck.

Feb 15th
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Amira Yahia

I honestly can personally relate to the family's experience not getting a hold with the lawyer 😏 some of them are assholes if not all 🙈

Jan 28th
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Jemi Assefa

im losing my shit listening to this guy!!

Jan 21st
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Jemi Assefa

omg...he's terrible wow...he went into the family of an innocent child being killed!!

Jan 21st
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kyLo

lmaaaoooooooooooooooooooooo imagine thinking the thing that happens EVERY TIME A JUVENILE PISSES POZ FOR POT FOR A COURT (this time for a simple white whore), was so surprising, so world-shatteringly inconceivable hahahaha, that you make a Serial Podcast season about it lmaaaooooo omg, imagine being this Jewishand out of touch.,

Jan 3rd
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kyLo

s03 of Serial is what you get when someone with SO much more racial/gender privilege than either the plaintiff or defendant, decides to virtue signal over some case or situation. 1st, just note how many times this woman prefaced something with "in reality". When reality opposes what you believe.. to the point where your saying "in reality".. Nearly once a minute lol?.. Maybe reexamine your (obviously incorrect) beliefs about the world. You know, exaxtly what you've arrogantly said to EVERY generation before yours lmao? 2nd, notice how much of this season is backed by a musical soundtrack? hmmm, wonder why that is, yet it's also MUCH less effective than in any other season? oh wait, the answer is obvious 😆! It's because S03s narrator is not only far less likeable than every others, but she's hysterically wrong. MOST IMPORTANTLY: imagine being a MAN in the Cutlyahoga County jail. Tell anna I said cry me a river.

Jan 3rd
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kyLo

I guess alllllllll that matters is race, huh Serial?

Jan 3rd
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kyLo

lmaaoo... imagine being so condescending, and so Jewish, that you approach a story the way Serial did in season 3.. Its unfortunate for the ppl who did STown, that they're a part of the same podcast as the Jewess responsible for season 3 lol, smh..

Jan 3rd
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Matthew C. Baker II

Wow, you've failed pretty hard on the Ayn Rand / John Galt explanation. Taken so far out of context. I have served, honorably, in the US Military, been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, all while being a staunch Objectivists. His actions were in no way in accordance with the philosophy of Objectivism. Was probably best to indicate that he had found some things that he resonated with, or that he drew some interesting parallels to without alluding that somehow Objectivism is in accordance with his actions. BTW what does a 60 page speech (yes it's far too long) have to do with anything anyways? This was in poor taste IMO. Other than that I've enjoyed your podcast, thank you for it.

Dec 18th
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Dominique Leib

you should have given the name of the reporter that wrote that horrible story on that poor School

Dec 10th
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