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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.

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Rachel goes back to California, to the place where she grew up and where her brother and father died, to find answers.  For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html
Rachel retraces how her family, over decades, fell apart and came back together.    For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html
Rachel goes back to California, to the place where she grew up and where her brother and father died, to find answers. For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html
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A three-part series from This American Life producer Nancy Updike. When Rachel McKibbens’s father and brother died suddenly last fall, two weeks apart, from Covid, she’d had no idea her father was sick, and no idea her brother was dying. They were unvaccinated, but the story of what happened started long before that. All three episodes of "We Were Three," a new show from Serial Productions and The New York Times, are available now wherever you get your podcasts.
A man banned from working in education in the aftermath of the Trojan Horse letter inspires Brian and Hamza to track down one last witness with him – in Australia. And all three travelers find their faith tested.
Birmingham authorities struggle to explain why they disavowed their own findings about the Trojan Horse plot. But when Brian and Hamza make a discovery deep inside some court documents, everything suddenly makes sense.
Hamza takes a long, hard look at what the government found when it investigated more than 20 majority-Muslim schools in Birmingham. And our two reporters have a confrontation – with each other.
Hamza and Brian learn that the Trojan Horse letter wasn’t the only unsigned letter alleging an extremist operation was afoot in Birmingham. An interview with a couple who lodged complaints against their school starts out cordially, but six hours later, the atmosphere is so tense that not even an offer of tea can smooth things over. And Hamza stops pretending he’s not angry about what he’s hearing.
A series of frustrating interviews with Birmingham politicians leaves Brian and Hamza wondering if crucial information about the Trojan Horse letter was kept from officials in London. Then one rainy Friday afternoon, Brian hears back from a government source who wants to meet right away.
In a state of surprise, Hamza and Brian leave a meeting with the man the Trojan Horse letter was first sent to. And they learn about an internal investigation report that local officials have kept hidden, but which they think could contain a bombshell.
Hamza and Brian think the source of the Trojan Horse letter might be hiding in plain sight. After learning about the petty personnel dispute that probably gave rise to the letter, they’re even more bewildered about how it ever could have been taken seriously.
A strange letter appears outlining a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate Birmingham schools. Hamza and Brian visit the supposed mastermind of the plot, and he tells them he did take over a bunch of schools – just not for the reasons in the letter.
A mysterious letter detailing a supposed Islamist plot to take over schools shocked Britain in 2014. But who wrote it? From Serial Productions and The New York Times, “The Trojan Horse Affair,” an investigation that became bigger than we ever imagined. All eight parts are available now, wherever you get your podcasts. Search "The Trojan Horse Affair."
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. Zoe examines what this election could mean for the PAC’s future.  
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 supporting a political upset at the center of the county.
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 rumor, she comes to understand how and why election cheating allegations are so sticky.
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 organization. In the middle of another election, Zoe goes out with members of the PAC to watch how they operate and try to make sense of all these allegations against them.
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 group whose name was dragged into the scandal. Horace asks Zoe to come down and investigate for herself and find out who is really cheating.
Listen to the trailer for our newest show, "The Improvement Association."  From Serial Productions and The New York Times, hosted by Zoe Chace.
Chana has traced the history of the school from its founding and come to the present. But now: One unexpected last chapter. Last year, the school district for BHS mandated a change in the zoning process to ensure all middle schools would be racially integrated. No longer can white families hoard resources in a few select schools. Black and Latino parents have been demanding this change since the late 1950s. The courts have mandated it. Chana asks: How did this happen? And is this a blueprint for real, systemic change?
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Mike Alpha

Loved it. Good story telling. Very good writing.

Feb 2nd
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km651

I'm stunned that this is how it works in america, in so many ways. she's a victim of sexual assault, a WITNESS showed them the perpetrator and they let him go????????? and they put her in a police car for being angry about this?? and they didn't look for him after? they didn't look for the woman who came up and started a fight with her? police in the us are also clearly pissbabies for being surprised they get hit breaking up a fight. nurses do that, teachers do that, bar staff do that, bouncers do that, bystanders do that. and she was IMPRISONED over this. america this is not normal

Jan 29th
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Jennifer Paterson Stacey

When the result of the investigation on the schools was announced (I think, in Parliament) they said, in addition to other findings, that kids were being forced to worship and that women and girls were not treated equally. What was Tahir's response to that?

Jan 18th
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Dylan

fantastic piece. loved it all, even the parts that made me furious

Jan 18th
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Dylan

that letter was a fuck up but honestly mood

Jan 17th
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Dylan

sue is definitely a Karen

Jan 17th
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Dylan

that first guy they interviewed in this episode is a fucking idiot lmao

Jan 15th
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Jason Ramirez

ok you get covid stay home for 2 weeks and then you can go back to work like nothing happened. Now these idiots think that some treatment is making them better LMAO wake up people

Dec 19th
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Michael Brodie

Love listening to these nitwits die

Dec 19th
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Jennifer Paterson Stacey

the ad is misplaced in this recording and turns up in the middle of a sentence and the actual place for the ad is blank.

Dec 9th
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Kelly Matera

Someone fact check this lady. Ivermectin has been proven safe and effective.

Nov 23rd
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Thomas Anderson

A boring piece to depict a misogynistic man. #NotRecommended

Oct 27th
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1uscgwifey

This didn't age well at all. General Flynn should be stripped of all titles and is a disgrace! He in fact is a treasonous PIG. As a military wife he disgusts me!

Oct 25th
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Lani Randolph Office Manager at JPT

interviewing a treasonous pig like Flynn is not impressive. Next time do better reasearch!

Oct 25th
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Jbilla Reezy

Another leftist Podcast Podcast spuing false statements with no accompanying data.

Oct 20th
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Rick Wagner

This shows that COVID deniers have blood on their hands. Especially our leaders that knew better but went along with this madness to get votes. I hope they suffer.

Oct 16th
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Salome Odeny

I am THRILLED to hear about this case *pure joy*. This case is really what introduced me and hooked me onto SERIAL podcast.

Sep 27th
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Janine Clements

The lawyer lacks clarity and is a little irritating.

Sep 25th
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Lois A. Grimm

As a person who fought school consolidation herself, the parallels between what happened at the school in New York City and what happened in our district here in northeastern Pennsylvania are shocking, extraordinarily similar, and equally frustrating. It is amazing to me how superintendent Scott used the same exact excuses to dismiss evidence and public opinion as the superintendent in my school district did when we did the same type of survey. Long story short these people want to stay in power, these people don't want to hear from the public, and they ultimately believe that they know better than us.

Sep 24th
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Lars Bee

the US injustice system at its best.... holy shit

Sep 22nd
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