Serial Returns for Season Two
“Hello, everyone,” wrote Serial co-creator Sarah Koenig in a blog post published early this morning. “We’re back. Yes, at last!”
At 6 a.m., without any forewarning, the podcast that captivated listeners and broke records last year launched its second season.
While season one of Serial focused on a 1999 murder case in a Baltimore suburb that few people had heard about, season two takes on a much more high-profile case, which remains active in military court.
Koenig and her small team, which includes co-creator Julie Snyder, Dana Chivvis, Emily Condon, and Ira Glass, are tackling the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 after walking away from his post. A manhunt ensued, resulting in the deaths of six soldiers—some blame them on Berhdahl’s decision to leave the base.
In May 2014, Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay. Earlier this year, he was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Serial is giving Bergdahl a chance to tell his side of the story, unfolding in “eight to 10-ish” episodes, according to Koenig.
While the episode count is still unclear, season two will be wrapped up before March, when Koenig and Snyder come to Boston to host a program called “Binge-Worthy Journalism,” presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. The co-producers will take over Symphony Hall and offer a behind-the-scenes look at at the creation of a cultural phenomenon.
“Binge-Worthy Journalism” takes place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. Tickets start at $35 and are on sale at celebrityseries.org.