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Slate's Serial Spoiler Specials

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A weekly recap and discussion about the Serial podcast, from Sarah Koenig and Ira Glass's This American Life. Part of the Panoply Network.
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32:42 | Apr 1st, 2016

Gabe and Katy, who were as surprised as you were that this turned out to be the finale of Serial's second season, reflect on the Bowe Bergdahl story and its implications, before turning their attention to the exciting possibilities for Season 3. Than...Show More

26:02 | Mar 18th, 2016

Episode 10 of "Serial" finds the Bowe Bergdahl story zoomed out to its furthest point yet, and Gabe and Katy explain why they think that makes it the strongest part of Season 2 so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25:31 | Mar 4th, 2016

Gabe and Katy struggle with the ever-shifting frame of season 2’s narrative. What is the real story Koenig and company are driving at? Is there any other way to approach a situation as complicated as Bowe Bergdahl’s?Learn more about your ad choices. ...Show More

28:15 | Feb 19th, 2016

Gabe and Katy dive into this week's two-part episode of "Serial," in which a clearer - and somewhat depressing - picture of Bowe Bergdahl begins to emerge.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

02:58 | Feb 18th, 2016

Serial is releasing a two-parter this week - we'll be releasing our episode analyzing parts 1 and 2 of "Hindsight" tomorrow.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

23:35 | Feb 11th, 2016

Gabe and Katy discuss the successes and failures of Serial's recent series of mini-episodes updating us on Adnan Syed's hearing in Baltimore. What, if anything, does the series add to our understanding of Season 1, and where does it leave us emotiona...Show More

36:53 | Feb 5th, 2016

Gabe and Katy are once again joined by former Army officer Adrian Bonenberger to discuss the realities of life on base in Afghanistan, and whether Bowe’s concerns were realistic or idealistic. Plus: fond memories of Season 1, as awakened by today’s s...Show More

31:22 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Gabe and Katy talk about the many appealing new characters introduced in this week's episode, and try to suss out the major themes of the season thus far. Plus: listener emails!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29:38 | Jan 8th, 2016

New York Magazine’s Carl Swanson joins us to share behind-the-scenes insights on the making of Serial’s new season, gleaned from his recent interviews with Sarah Koenig and the production team. Plus: is Serial still appointment listening, or is this ...Show More

32:34 | Dec 25th, 2015

Gabe is joined by Slate’s Jacob Brogan and June Thomas to examine the deepening question of whether or not Bowe Bergdahl is a trustworthy narrator. After an episode that sees him struggle mightily to survive at the hands of the Taliban, it’s becoming...Show More

39:37 | Dec 18th, 2015

Gabe and Katy wrestle with their feelings of empathy for Bowe Bergdahl, despite the fact that he plainly endangered the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. The question, of course, is why? Author Brendan Koerner, who has written extensively on the ...Show More

37:24 | Dec 11th, 2015

Slate's Gabriel Roth and Katy Waldman are joined by writer and Afghanistan war veteran Adrian Bonenberger to discuss the first episode of Serial's new season. Sarah Koenig and her team opened their new season by deploying a series of familiar narrati...Show More

28:42 | Jan 2nd, 2015

In the wake of Jay Wilds' exclusive interview with The Intercept, Slate reunites the Serial Spoiler gang for one more crazy caper. David Haglund and Katy Waldman discuss how Jay's Q-and-A might affect the case and Serial's first season.Learn more abo...Show More

36:54 | Dec 18th, 2014

David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and The Gist's Mike Pesca discuss "What We Know" and whether Serial's first season ended up being "a contemplation on the nature of truth," as Mike once feared. NOTE: Listen to this podcast AFTER you listen to the Serial ...Show More

44:33 | Dec 11th, 2014

David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Grantland's Wesley Morris react to "Rumors," the latest episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus, they talk with Mark Phillips, the musician and sound designer who composes most of the show's score.Learn more a...Show More

29:38 | Dec 4th, 2014

David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Laura Anderson react to "The Best Defense Is a Good Defense," the latest episode of Serial from This American Life. They discuss possible religious bias in Adnan's trial, the defense attorney's behavior, and Jay's dea...Show More

39:37 | Nov 26th, 2014

For one episode only, co-hosts David Haglund and Katy Waldman discuss Reddit threads, reporting, blogs, and other sources of information about Serial's murder investigation. Our guest, Slate's June Thomas, has avoided outside sources and joins us tod...Show More

28:54 | Nov 24th, 2014

With Serial on hiatus this week, Mike Pesca of The Gist reflects on the success of the investigative podcast. Plus: Hear a longer version of Mike's interview with Serial host Sarah Koenig, recorded just before the release of episode 5, "Route Talk."L...Show More

33:39 | Nov 20th, 2014

David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Willa Paskin discuss To Be Suspected, the ninth episode of Serial from This American Life. WARNING: Enjoy this spoiler special after you listen to the episode.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...Show More

44:01 | Nov 14th, 2014

David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Jami Floyd discuss The Deal With Jay, the eighth episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus, inside a Serial meetup group. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to after you’ve heard the episode.Learn more...Show More

24:42 | Nov 7th, 2014

Slate’s David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Amanda Hess discuss The Opposite of the Prosecution, the seventh episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus: Dahlia Lithwick of Amicus explains two aspects. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to...Show More

28:32 | Oct 31st, 2014

Slate’s David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Mike Pesca discuss “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” the sixth episode of Serial from This American Life. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to after you’ve listened to the Serial episode.Learn more abo...Show More

19:44 | Oct 29th, 2014

Slate's David Haglund, Julia Turner, and Katy Waldman discuss the fifth episode of the podcast Serial, from This American Life and producers Sarah Koenig and Julia Snyder. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've listened to the Serial...Show More