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Institutional Breakdown: Slate Writers Discuss Serial Season 2

President Obama walks back to the Oval Office with Jani and Bob Bergdahl after the ill-fated Rose Garden announcement of their son Bowe’s release.

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In this episode of Slate’s Serial Spoiler Special, Gabe and Katy discuss Serial’s “Thorny Politics” episode, which discusses the political response to Bowe Bergdahl’s return from Afghanistan.

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 as they are released, 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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