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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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S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN



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. 

S01 Episode 01: The Alibi



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.  

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

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 = ?

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

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

S03 Trailer


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

S-Town Is Live



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