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Serial Is Back! And We’re Here to Discuss the New Season.

Bowe Bergdahl in an undated image provided by the U.S. Army.

Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

Season 2 of Serial has begun. This time, the ultra-popular podcast is investigating the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army soldier who left his Afghanistan base and was captured by the Taliban in 2009.

And once again, we’re making our own podcast to talk about it. This week, Gabriel Roth and Katy Waldman discuss the new season and where it might be headed. Then we’re joined by Afghanistan veteran Adrian Bonenberger, who was posted close to where Bergdahl was captured, to discuss the show’s portrayal of military life and Bergdahl’s impetuous decision to flee the base.


As always with Slate’s Spoiler Specials, this is meant to be heard after you’ve caught up with the work under discussion (as though you didn’t hit play on the first episode of Serial Season 2 as soon as it arrived on your phone). We’ll be discussing new episodes of Serial each week, and we hope you’ll join us. After you’ve listened, let us know what you think about this season of Serial by emailing

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