Serial Podcast Returns for Season Two

The podcast world was changed forever last year when Serial was released. It was a spinoff of the radio show broadcast The American Life and told the story of the murder of a high-school girl in Maryland, Hae Min Lee. The investigation focuses on her old boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The producer, Sarah Koenig, interviews friends and family of Adnan and Hae and several questions arise to what really happened.

People were full-blown addicted to this story and it was the first podcast to win a Peabody Award. Well, Serial is back for round two and people are pumped as ever.

The description for Season Two is:

In May 2014, a U.S. Special Operations team in a Black Hawk helicopter landed in the hills of Afghanistan. Waiting for them were more than a dozen Taliban fighters and a tall American, who looked pale and out of sorts: Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier, had been a prisoner of the Taliban for nearly five years, and now he was going home.

President Obama announced Bergdahl’s return in the Rose Garden, with the soldier’s parents at his side. Bergdahl’s hometown of Hailey, Idaho, planned a big celebration to welcome him back. But then, within days—within hours of his rescue, in fact—public reaction to his return flipped. People started saying Bergdahl shouldn’t be celebrated. Some of the soldiers from his unit called him a deserter, a traitor. They said he had deliberately walked off their small outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into hostile territory.

Hailey canceled its celebration. The army launched an investigation. Finally, in March, the military charged Bergdahl with two crimes, one of which carries the possibility of a life sentence. Through all of this, Bergdahl has been quiet. He hasn’t spoken to the press or done any interviews on TV. He’s been like a ghost at the center of a raucous fight.

Now, in Season Two, we get to hear what he has to say.

For this season, Sarah Koenig teams up with filmmaker Mark Boal and Page 1 to find out why one idiosyncratic guy decided to walk away, into Afghanistan, and how the consequences of that decision have spun out wider and wider. It’s a story that has played out in unexpected ways from the start. And it’s a story that’s still going on.

 

So basically, your commute home should be much more tolerable today. And the best part? It’s totally free. Dive into Episode 1: “Dustwun” one here and let us know what you think! Will it be as good as Season 1?

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