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The Return of the Repressed: We Discuss the Latest Episodes of Serial

An American soldier patrols near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan.

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This week, Gabe and Katy are once again joined by Afghanistan veteran Adrian Bonenberger to discuss counterinsurgency, the realities of military life, and what we learned in Episode 6, “5 O’Clock Shadow,” about Bowe Bergdahl’s experiences in Paktika Province. Plus: the surprising return of Adnan Syed and Asia McClain, in the first of a series of mini-episodes updating us on Syed’s hearing in Baltimore this week.

Adrian Bonenberger is the author of Afghan Post. You can find more of his work at Wrath-Bearing Tree.

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 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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