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Mutual Release: Slate Writers Discuss Serial Season 2 

Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama, and then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton in January 2009. 

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In this episode of Slate’s Serial Spoiler Special, Gabe and Katy discuss Serial’s “Trade Secrets” episode, which describes how the effort to free Bowe Bergdahl fit into the larger U.S. diplomatic mission in 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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