In Season One, Serial investigated a murder case. In Season Two, it was the court martial of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Now, for Season Three, Serial is taking on the whole criminal justice system: a year inside the Cleveland criminal courts. It’s one courthouse, told week by week. The first two episodes of Season Three will drop September 20; subsequent episodes will be released weekly, on Thursdays. Instead of telling one story over the course of the show, Season Three follows many stories. Hear a trailer.
Serial is, to date, the most popular podcast ever made — over 16 million people have downloaded each episode. The podcast is hosted by Sarah Koenig.
“Every case Emmanuel and I followed, there came a point where we thought: No, this can’t be how it works,” says Koenig. “And then we were like, Oh! Oh my god. This is how it works! This is how it happens! People who work in the system, or have been through the system, they know this. But millions more people do not. And for the past year I’ve had this urgent feeling of wanting to kind of hold open the courthouse door, and wave people inside. Because things are happening — shocking things, fascinating things — in plain sight.”