Sag Harbor’s Sarah Koenig dropped the first episode of the new season of her hit podcast Serial on Thursday, and it is already a trending topic and topping the iTunes charts.
Serial, which is a spinoff of the popular NPR radio program This American Life with Ira Glass, tells a nonfiction story is a serialized format. The first season concerned the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, who was found guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend. Through interviews with Syed and others, and investigative journalism, Koenig explores whether Syed, who has maintained his innocence since 1999, was wrongfully convicted.
The new season is about a much more high profile case: Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl being charged with desertion. Bergdahl was a Taliban captive for five years and was only released when the Obama administration agreed to a prisoner exchange. Critics of the exchange say dangerous militants—Guantanamo Bay prisoners—should not have been freed to secure the release of a deserter who may have had Taliban sympathies. Some have gone as far as calling Bergdahl a traitor. Serial will investigate whether Bergdahl did, in fact, desert.
The episode can he heard at serialpodcast.org and on iTunes.