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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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S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

2014-10-0353:411,704

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.  
S01 Episode 02: The Breakup

S01 Episode 02: The Breakup

2014-10-0336:35659

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.
S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

2014-10-0927:59463

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.
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.
S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

2014-10-2343:37513

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.  
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.
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.
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?
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.
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? 
S01 Episode 11: Rumors

S01 Episode 11: Rumors

2014-12-1140:26356

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN

S02 Episode 01: DUSTWUN

2015-12-1043:47399

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. 
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?
S02 Episode 03: Escaping

S02 Episode 03: Escaping

2015-12-2454:01197

Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.
S02 Episode 04: The Captors

S02 Episode 04: The Captors

2016-01-0744:44187

What's happening on the other side of the door?
CIA, FBI, YouTube, the Portland PD? There was no handbook for getting Bergdahl back.
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S R

Adnan is 100% guilty

Jul 13th
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Chet Hjr

I love how this episode starts with "the cops who investigated the murder were both experienced Baltimore City detectives". Must not have been too experienced or maybe no common sense, because the the wrong person was found guilty.

Jul 10th
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Robin Atkins

finally starting this podcast

Jul 5th
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Math Robs

Keep away from blue eyed people? There’s loads of Afghans with blue eyes

Jun 28th
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SPL80

Red fibers - Jay said Anand was wearing red gloves when he picked him up at the Best Buy. Did they ever find the gloves? Did they test the shovels? Were there any DNA on the handles? sounds like the investigation trailed along Jay's narrative. Another case closed. Does not look like they spend the time or funding on any sort of DNA. They based it all on 4 of the 14 phone records, and Jay's shakey narrative. The only thing that really makes me question Aanon is that the phone calls to Hay stopped after she was reported missing. He also said he was not that close to Jay, however it seems like they were close enough to pass off cell phones and loan vehicles. Not something you would typically do if you don't trust someone. Either way, I still do not trust Jay's story...what was laced in the weed that Jay provided Aanon. So much so he would try to get rid of a bad high🤔. Was this intentional? ...or was he just trying to come down for potential questioning?

Jun 27th
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SPL80

Jay was clearly jealous of the golden boy, Anand. He was embraced by his classmates, extremely close to his girlfriend, and accepted by her parents. Jay had been seething with envy. The tipping point- the stuffed reindeer. The fact that Anand was thoughtful enough to buy a gift for Jay's girlfriend, was the final straw. The fact that Anand he had to encorage Jay to be a thoughtful boyfriend was a huge slap in the face to Jay's ego. Jay clearly had one. This was revealed in the confessional. He bragged about how his affiliates. The cops seemed to thing he was a low petty crime dude. Not even kn the radar. I thought that realization was actually funny. This is a huge indicator that Jay was delusional. It is clearly a set up. The cops fed jnto it. Most likely because it was an easy case to close. The golden boy was the target. The rolls have been reversed. Now Jay is honorable for seeking out the police, telling the "truth" even though his truth was contradictory sever times...he helping close a case and clearly he drew the narrative, and the police were along for the ride - The golden boy is not so golden after all. He is locked up, no longer a wedge between Jay and his girlfriend. Sweet, discreet revenge. So sad.

Jun 27th
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CU Pranav

so they just agreed on Jay's words ,but was not ready to listen to others ?

Jun 25th
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Life and Liberty

the longer this series goes on... the more and more bias the narrator gets. Season 1 was goodish. you could tell which way she leaned early on... now, she just straight up defends every criminal! this episode she asks did any adult know where you were after you were taken into custody? the answer was No. but that is a complete lie. he was taken into custody FROM HIS BED AT HIS HOUSE. there were no parents there? his parents knew exactly where he was. just tell the story and let the listen decide what the truth is. quit being so biased!

Jun 24th
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Tara Mcgowan

I can't get past one thing. if I heard my friend was missing, what is my first reaction? I would immediately try calling and texting them. i why did he never try reaching out to her? because she already knew she was dead?

Jun 23rd
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Tonya Fergerson

That lawyer's voice, tone and speech timing is like nails on a chalk board! I want to slap her silly and tell her to spit it out!

Jun 6th
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Matt 24

you left out the kathy witness, she puts adnan and jay together on that night hae disappeared. jay knew where her car was, he's definitely involved, his lying is obviously to minimize his involvement. the defense attorney only goal is to create doubt by making the jury believe someone else did it, they couldn't do that. even adnan years later telling his story doesn't help us believe someone else would've done it. anyone who believes jay did would have done it with adnan not being involved at all, would have to consider jay as a criminal mastermind, who committed murder with a petty motive, by the way jay hasn't committed a violent crime since this event, he seems like a simpleton who still has a guilty conscience just for being involved in helping adnan.

Jun 4th
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Matt 24

the narrator wouldn't be allowed on a jury in this case, she's been exposed to prejudices

Jun 4th
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Matt 24

yall reaching to make reasonable doubt, dude is guilty

Jun 4th
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Matt 24

jay and adnan are both lying. jay doesn't want to be an accomplice to the murder, so he says he came on the scene after the murder. adnan doesn't want to admit he was involved at all.

Jun 4th
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Matt 24

here's my theory, the girl hey goes to best buy alone to meet jay to buy weed. jay sets hey up, he and ednon preplanned this. jay meets hey at best buy and says I don't have the weed we're going to have to go get it, jay calls ednon who's waiting around the corner. ednon shows up pretended everything is cool. ednon gets in hey's car, jay follows in his car, the two guys have made up a story "we gotta go somewhere else to get the weed". they go to park n ride. jay is possibly only the lookout, who knows, hey is killed at the park n ride. they leave her in the trunk, get in Jay's car possibly shook up and try to figure out what to do next.

Jun 3rd
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Matt 24

if you think of Jay's confession like this, jay confesses because he believes enon will eventually confess. so essentially jay is trying to minimize his involvement. enon never confesses therefore Jay's story gets muddy because his confession is not combating the other guys confession. most likely jay was present during the murder.

Jun 3rd
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Charlie Finnegan

Glad we're finally getting information from people who aren't biased in Adnon's favor. Jay may have had more involvement, but the case is still strongest against Adnon.

May 29th
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Carli Dee

omg Jen is LYING...G.... so is Jay... Adnan is innocent i KNOW i can feel him. as weird as it may seem. but i feel you Adnan im not new to the story but i am new to this podcast

May 28th
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Charlie Finnegan

Dude's still not looking even remotely innocent.

May 27th
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Charlie Finnegan

So is the whole point of this season to make this guy look innocent? So far the cell phone records, fingerprints, and testimony of a guy who says he helped the suspect bury the body have just been glossed over, and the entire episode focuses on an unreliable witness that contradicts the suspects aliby, changed her story multiple times, and doesn't even know exactly when she claims to have seen him at the library. Yeah, it's hard to remember what you did on a random day six weeks ago, but this isn't a random day. It's the day his ex girlfriend / close friend disappeared and was later found murdered. She really goes out of her way to make excuses for him. Maybe next few episodes will have some actual evidence to contradict his conviction?

May 27th
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