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The Beef Jerky on the Table: We Discuss the Latest Episode of Serial  

Bob and Jani Bergdahl, Bowe’s parents, declined to appear on Serial.

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On our Serial Spoiler Special podcast, Gabe and Katy discuss the fifth episode of Serial’s second season, “Meanwhile, in Tampa,” which reports on the people in the United States who were trying to get Bowe Bergdahl released. Then they address Serial’s shift to a biweekly schedule and hear comments from listeners.

During the show, Gabe cites an interview with Sarah Koenig conducted by David Remnick on The New Yorker Radio Hour.

As always with Slates 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

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