‘Serial’ Season 2 Debuts With Bowe Bergdahl Telling ‘Desertion’ Story

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‘Serial’ Season 2 Debuts With Bowe Bergdahl Telling ‘Desertion’ Story.

The audio was made available early Thursday at SerialPodcast.org, as well as on iTunes and Pandora. After the first edition of the podcast took a deep dive into a Baltimore murder case, Season 2 will focus on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier captured by the Taliban in 2009. “Serial,” which was created by Koenig — This American Life producer and former Baltimore Sun reporter — shattered records when it was released last fall, becoming the most popular podcast of all time. After breaking into mainstream culture with a season 1 of 12 episodes, Sarah Koenig and her team will try to solve another case and report about it on a podcast. The new stories are “very different from Season One, but no less interesting to us,” the producers wrote when revalations about a new season began to emerge earlier this year.

The podcast, which reached five million downloads faster than any other in iTunes’ history after it first emerged in October 2014, captivated listeners with the 1999 murder case of Baltimore schoolgirl Hae Min Lee, through interviews with her convicted murderer Adnan Syed – who maintains his innocence – and other witnesses and legal experts. Bergdahl has since been charged with one count of desertion and one count of misbehavior before the enemy, and could face a maximum of life in prison if convicted. In May, it was announced that Serial would return for two further series, but there were no further details beyond creator Sarah Koenig’s statement that “we intend to launch Season Two this fall and Season Three next spring.

It was reported in September that season 2 of the hit podcast would center on Bergdahl, but Serial producers did not confirm the storyline. “In the middle of the night, Pfc. The producers examined the case against Adnan Syed, a fellow student and ex-boyfriend of Lee, who was convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years for Lee’s murder. As a reminder, Serial is one of the most successful podcasts to date, breaking the record of the fastest podcast ever to reach 5 million downloads on iTunes.

Getting him back was part of a complex exchange that involved five Taliban prisoners who were being held at Guantanamo Bay — a move that drew sharp criticism from GOP lawmakers. “Suddenly, it really starts to sink in that I really did something bad,” Bergdahl says in the premiere episode of “Serial’s” second season, recounting how he walked away from his military base in June 2009. “Or, not bad, but I really did something serious.” As Bergdahl, 29, faces a court-martial and even a life sentence in prison for leaving his base, House Republicans are claiming in a new report that the Obama administration misled Congress about the effort to release the five Gitmo detainees. As an update on the Serial website reads: “It’s been in the newspapers and on TV; it’s been the subject of congressional investigations (in fact, this very day, the House Armed Services Committee is releasing a report on the Bergdahl trade) – and it’s an active case in military court.” Koenig writes on the website that Bergdahl is “an interesting and unusual guy, not like anyone I’ve encountered before”, and adds that the second season will discuss “all of the people affected by [Bergdahl’s] decision and the choices they made.” She writes: “Unlike our story in Season One, this one extends far out into the world. The report also provided behind-the-scenes details about the Defense Department’s work with the Qataris, who played the middleman in negotiating the swap with the Taliban.

Berghdahl’s story is certain to gain even more attention because of “Serial,” which became a phenomenon last year after focusing on Maryland man Adnan Syed, who some believe was wrongly convicted for murdering his ex-girlfriend in 1999.

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