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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 twi...Show More

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S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

54:00 | Oct 3rd, 2014

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 w...Show More

S03 Trailer

7:58 | Sep 5th, 2018

Serial is heading back to court—this time, in Cleveland. Hear the trailer now.

S-Town Is Live

3:00 | Mar 28th, 2017

Sarah Koenig, Ira Glass, and Brian Reed talk about our new show, S-Town. All 7 chapters are available now.

S01 Episode 12: What We Know

56:00 | Dec 18th, 2014

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...Show More

S03 Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

54:00 | Sep 20th, 2018

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

S01 Episode 11: Rumors

41:00 | Dec 11th, 2014

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 dif...Show More

S01 Episode 10: The Best Defense is a Good Defense

54:00 | Dec 4th, 2014

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 convict...Show More

S01 Episode 09: To Be Suspected

45:00 | Nov 20th, 2014

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...Show More

S01 Episode 08: The Deal with Jay

44:00 | Nov 13th, 2014

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...Show More

S01 Episode 07: The Opposite of the Prosecution

33:00 | Nov 6th, 2014

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 ...Show More

S01 Episode 06: The Case Against Adnan Syed

44:00 | Oct 30th, 2014

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 ag...Show More

S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

43:00 | Oct 23rd, 2014

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...Show More

S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies

34:00 | Oct 16th, 2014

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 co...Show More

S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

28:00 | Oct 9th, 2014

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 insta...Show More

S01 Episode 02: The Breakup

37:00 | Oct 3rd, 2014

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 A...Show More

S03 Episode 02: You’ve Got Some Gauls

58:00 | Sep 20th, 2018

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

S01 Update: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

16:00 | Feb 4th, 2016

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 ...Show More

S02 Episode 04: The Captors

46:00 | Jan 7th, 2016

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

S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN

44:00 | Dec 10th, 2015

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 o...Show More

Preview of S-Town, Our New Show

3:00 | Mar 14th, 2017

We have a new show! Here’s a sneak peek of S-Town, a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed. S-Town is the story of a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to in...Show More

S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty

1:06:00 | Mar 31st, 2016

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

S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets

49:00 | Mar 3rd, 2016

You don’t make peace with your friends.

S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

15:00 | Feb 6th, 2016

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 ...Show More

S01 Update: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

15:00 | Feb 5th, 2016

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 ...Show More

S02 Episode 05: Meanwhile, in Tampa

54:00 | Jan 21st, 2016

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

S02 Episode 03: Escaping

55:00 | Dec 24th, 2015

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 02: The Golden Chicken

59:00 | Dec 17th, 2015

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?

S03 Episode 07: The Snowball Effect

57:00 | Oct 25th, 2018

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

S03 Episode 05: Pleas Baby Pleas

1:02:00 | Oct 11th, 2018

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

S03 Episode 04: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street

1:01:00 | Oct 4th, 2018

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

S03 Episode 03: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit

1:04:00 | Sep 27th, 2018

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