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Was There Really a Dog? We Discuss the Latest Episode of Serial.

This photograph of Bowe Bergdahl with Badruddin Haqqani, son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, was tweeted by a Taliban-associated account nine days after Bergdahl’s release. 

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Katy Waldman was in the middle of a Christmas Eve travel catastrophe when it came time to record this week’s Serial Spoiler Special, so we invited June Thomas and Jacob Brogan to join Gabriel Roth to discuss the third episode of Serial’s second season. They talked about sympathy, unknowability, and why it can be hard to separate this season of Serial from the first season of Homeland

As always with Slate’s Spoiler Specials, this is meant to be heard after you’ve caught up with the work under discussion. We’ll be talking about 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 You can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes and find previous episodes in our archive. You’ll also find them—along with additional writing and commentary about the show—at