Serial

Serial

By Serial Productions & The New York Times

Serial returns with a history of Guantánamo told by people who lived through key moments in Guantánamo’s evolution, who know things the rest of us don’t about what it’s like to be caught inside an improvised justice system. Serial Productions makes narrative podcasts whose quality and innovation transformed the medium. “Serial” began in 2014 as a spinoff of the public radio show “This American Life.” In 2020, we joined the New York Times Company. Our shows have reached many millions of listeners and have won nearly every major journalism award for audio, including the first-ever Peabody Award given to a podcast. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest Serial Productions news: https://bit.ly/3FIOJj9 Have thoughts or feedback on our shows? Email us at serialshows@nytimes.com

Episodes

S04 - Ep. 9: This Is the Weirdness

The criminal case against the men accused of planning the Sept. 11 attacks is the one aspect of Guantánamo that would seem to make sense – until you start watching it.
16/05/241h 2m

S04 - Ep. 8: Two Ledgers

Majid Khan spent years locked away in CIA black sites. What would he tell the world when he finally got the chance to speak? 
09/05/241h

S04 - Ep. 7: The Forever Reporter

One reporter has been covering Guantánamo since the day the prison opened. The military would like her to go home now.
02/05/241h 2m

S04 - Ep. 6: Part 2, Asymmetry

After the worst happens at Guantánamo, the warden tries to explain it to the outside world – and to himself.
25/04/2456m 35s

S04 - Ep. 5: The Big Chicken, Part 1

A new warden comes to Guantánamo and decides to make some changes. A prison’s a prison, he thinks. How hard could this be?
18/04/2454m 44s

S04 - Ep. 4: The Honeymooners

The case against a young airman gets even weirder when the government pulls in two fresh investigators. Part 2: A bride, an FBI agent, and a polygraph machine.
11/04/2450m 50s

S04 - Ep. 3: Ahmad the Iguana Feeder

An Arabic-speaking airman is sent to Guantánamo to translate, and soon finds himself at the center of a major scandal. Part 1: Suspicion swallows evidence. 
04/04/241h

S04 - Ep. 2: The Special Project

In 2002, an elite interrogation team secretly staged Guantánamo’s most elaborate intel operation — to try to get a single detainee to talk.
28/03/2447m 9s

S04 - Ep. 1: Poor Baby Raul

Maybe you have an idea in your head about what it was like to work at Guantánamo, one of the most notorious prisons in the world. Think again.
28/03/2441m 11s

S04 - Trailer

From Serial Productions and The New York Times, Serial Season 4 is a history of Guantánamo told by people who lived through key moments in Guantánamo’s evolution, who know things the rest of us don’t about what it’s like to be caught inside an improvised justice system. Episodes 1 and 2 arrive Thursday, March 28.
21/03/242m 22s

S03 - Ep. 9: Some Time When Everything Has Changed

The state of Ohio decides where Joshua belongs.
15/11/1848m 3s

S03 - Ep. 8: A Madman’s Vacation

A teenager decides to cooperate.
08/11/181h 3m

S03 - Ep. 7: The Snowball Effect

If you listen closely to the trash-talking, you start to get the message.
25/10/1853m 20s

S03 - Ep. 6: You in the Red Shirt

Life after you put a cop in jail.
18/10/1849m 28s

S03 - Ep. 5: Pleas Baby Pleas

Don’t tell the judges, but the prosecutors have the most power in the building.
11/10/1858m 42s

S03 - Ep. 4: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street

What happens when the right evidence points to the wrong man?
04/10/1858m 35s

S03 - Ep. 3: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit

The smell of raw marijuana + acting nervous + hands in pockets = ?
27/09/181h

S03 - Ep. 2: You’ve Got Some Gauls

When a judge believes he knows you better than you know yourself.
20/09/1854m 55s

S03 - Ep. 1: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?
20/09/1850m 33s

S02 - Ep. 11: Present for Duty

The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?
31/03/161h 3m

S02 - Ep. 10: Thorny Politics

Are you hearing what I’m hearing?
17/03/1650m 27s

S02 - Ep. 9: Trade Secrets

You don’t make peace with your friends. 
03/03/1647m 43s

S02 - Ep. 8: Hindsight, Part 2

Woulda, coulda, shoulda…
19/02/1635m 33s

S02 - Ep. 7: Hindsight, Part 1

It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.
18/02/1636m 50s

S02 - Ep. 6: 5 O’Clock Shadow

Why did Bowe Bergdahl walk off? 
04/02/1658m 48s

S02 - Ep. 5: Meanwhile, in Tampa

CIA, FBI, YouTube, the Portland PD? There was no handbook for getting Bergdahl back.
21/01/1652m 17s

S02 - Ep. 4: The Captors

What's happening on the other side of the door?
07/01/1643m 57s

S02 - Ep. 3: Escaping

Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.
24/12/1553m 7s

S02 - Ep. 2: The Golden Chicken

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?
17/12/1558m 2s

S02 - Ep. 1: 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. 
10/12/1543m 5s

S01 Ep. 13: Adnan Is Out

It’s Baltimore, 2022. Adnan Syed has spent the last 23 years incarcerated, serving a life sentence for the murder of Hae Min Lee, a crime he says he didn’t commit. He has exhausted every legal avenue for relief, including a petition to the United States Supreme Court. But then, a prosecutor in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office stumbled upon two handwritten notes in Adnan’s case file, and that changes everything. 
18/12/1416m 53s

S01 Update 3: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

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 his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.
18/12/1414m 12s

S01 Update 2: Day 02, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

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 his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.
18/12/1414m 37s

S01 Update 1: Day 01, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

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 his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.
18/12/1415m 7s

S01 - Ep. 12: What We Know

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 got - interviews and documents and police reports - we shake it all out, and we see what sticks.
18/12/1454m 25s

S01 - Ep. 11: Rumors

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 different kind of boy.
11/12/1439m 40s

S01 - Ep. 10: The Best Defense is a Good Defense

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 convicted, and a year later, Gutierrez was disbarred. What happened? 
04/12/1452m 42s

S01 - Ep. 9: To Be Suspected

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 sentenced to life in prison.
20/11/1444m 46s

S01 - Ep. 8: The Deal With Jay

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, how did the jurors make sense of Jay? For that matter, how did the cops make sense of Jay? How are we supposed to make sense of Jay?
13/11/1442m 43s

S01 - Ep. 7: The Opposite of the Prosecution

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 attorneys on that case to see if she could offer any insight into Adnan’s case, and got much more than she bargained for.
06/11/1431m 57s

S01 - Ep. 6: The Case Against Adnan Syed

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 against Adnan, including curious behavior, a disconcerting note, and an unexplained mid-afternoon phone call.
30/10/1442m 58s

S01 - Ep. 5: Route Talk

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 try to recreate the entire route that Jay said he and Adnan took on January 13th, 1999.  
23/10/1442m 51s

S01 - Ep. 4: Inconsistencies

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 comes clean. He tells them what happened on January 13th. A few weeks later, he’s back at Homicide and his story has changed. In some ways, these changes are small and understandable. In other ways, they’re big and confounding.
16/10/1433m 14s

S01 - Ep. 3: Leakin Park

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 instance, why did he walk so far into the woods - 127 feet - to relieve himself? And that’s just the start. A look into the man’s past reveals some bizarre behavior.
09/10/1427m 6s

S01 - Ep. 2: The Breakup

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 Adnan, were under special pressure at home, and the stress of that spilled over into their relationship. Eventually Hae broke up with Adnan. And then, depending on who you ask, Adnan was either understandably sad and moping around, or full of rage and plotting to kill her.
03/10/1435m 49s

S01 - Ep. 1: 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.  
03/10/1452m 57s
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