Serial Productions


46 episodes

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.

  • 28 APR 2021
    The Improvement Association - Chap 5
    48m 50s

    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....

  • 28 APR 2021
    The Improvement Association - Chap 4
    51m 2s

    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 supporti...

  • 28 APR 2021
    The Improvement Association - Chap 3
    39m 37s

    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...

  • 28 APR 2021
    The Improvement Association - Chap 2
    44m 12s

    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...

  • 28 APR 2021
    The Improvement Association - Chap 1
    44m 13s

    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 grou...

  • 30 MAR 2021
    The Improvement Association - Trailer
    3m 37s

    Listen to the trailer for our newest show, "The Improvement Association." From Serial Productions and The New York Times, hosted by Zoe Chace.

  • 20 AUG 2020
    Nice White Parents - Ep. 5
    52m 24s

    An unexpected last chapter. Some white parents start behaving differently.

  • 20 AUG 2020
    Nice White Parents - Ep. 4
    48m 54s

    Is it possible to limit the power of white parents?

  • 20 AUG 2020
    Nice White Parents - Ep. 3
    45m 4s

    We saw what happens when white families come into the school. What happens when they stay out?

  • 20 AUG 2020
    Nice White Parents - Ep. 2
    51m 53s

    White parents in the 1960s fought to be part of a new, racially integrated school. Where’d they go?

  • 20 AUG 2020
    Nice White Parents - Ep. 1
    1h 1m 20s

    A group of parents take one big step together.

  • 15 NOV 2018
    S03 Episode 09: Some Time When Everything Has Changed
    48m 4s

    The state of Ohio decides where Joshua belongs.

  • 08 NOV 2018
    S03 Episode 08: A Madman’s Vacation
    1h 3m 4s

    A teenager decides to cooperate.

  • 25 OCT 2018
    S03 Episode 07: The Snowball Effect
    53m 21s

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

  • 18 OCT 2018
    S03 Episode 06: You in the Red Shirt
    49m 29s

    Life after you put a cop in jail.

  • 11 OCT 2018
    S03 Episode 05: Pleas Baby Pleas
    58m 42s

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

  • 04 OCT 2018
    S03 Episode 04: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street
    58m 35s

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

  • 27 SEP 2018
    S03 Episode 03: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit
    1h 35s

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

  • 20 SEP 2018
    S03 Episode 02: You’ve Got Some Gauls
    54m 55s

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

  • 20 SEP 2018
    S03 Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center
    50m 33s

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

  • 31 MAR 2016
    S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty
    1h 3m 52s

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

  • 17 MAR 2016
    S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics
    50m 27s

    Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

  • 03 MAR 2016
    S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets
    47m 43s

    You don’t make peace with your friends.

  • 19 FAB 2016
    S02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2
    35m 28s

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

  • 18 FAB 2016
    S02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1
    36m 50s

    It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

  • 06 FAB 2016
    S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing
    14m 12s

    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 cas...

  • 05 FAB 2016
    S01 Update: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing
    14m 38s

    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 cas...

  • 04 FAB 2016
    S02 Episode 06: 5 O'Clock Shadow
    58m 48s

    Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off?

  • 04 FAB 2016
    S01 Update: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing
    15m 7s

    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 cas...

  • 21 JAN 2016
    S02 Episode 05: Meanwhile, in Tampa
    52m 17s

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

  • 07 JAN 2016
    S02 Episode 04: The Captors
    43m 58s

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

  • 24 DEC 2015
    S02 Episode 03: Escaping
    53m 0s

    Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.

  • 17 DEC 2015
    S02 Episode 02: The Golden Chicken
    58m 3s

    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?

  • 10 DEC 2015
    S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN
    43m 5s

    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:...

  • 18 DEC 2014
    S01 Episode 12: What We Know
    54m 25s

    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 everyt...

  • 11 DEC 2014
    S01 Episode 11: Rumors
    39m 40s

    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 storie...

  • 04 DEC 2014
    S01 Episode 10: The Best Defense is a Good Defense
    52m 42s

    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 w...

  • 20 NOV 2014
    S01 Episode 09: To Be Suspected
    44m 46s

    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 la...

  • 13 NOV 2014
    S01 Episode 08: The Deal with Jay
    42m 44s

    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...

  • 06 NOV 2014
    S01 Episode 07: The Opposite of the Prosecution
    31m 57s

    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 th...

  • 30 OCT 2014
    S01 Episode 06: The Case Against Adnan Syed
    42m 58s

    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 t...

  • 23 OCT 2014
    S01 Episode 05: Route Talk
    42m 51s

    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...

  • 16 OCT 2014
    S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies
    33m 14s

    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 eventu...

  • 09 OCT 2014
    S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park
    27m 7s

    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....

  • 03 OCT 2014
    S01 Episode 02: The Breakup
    35m 49s

    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 es...

  • 03 OCT 2014
    S01 Episode 01: The Alibi
    52m 57s

    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...