Synopsis

Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.

Episodes

  • Nice White Parents - Ep. 5

    Nice White Parents - Ep. 5

    20/08/2020 Duration: 53min

    Chana has traced the history of the school from its founding and come to the present. But now: One unexpected last chapter. Last year, the school district for BHS mandated a change in the zoning process to ensure all middle schools would be racially integrated. No longer can white families hoard resources in a few select schools. Black and Latino parents have been demanding this change since the late 1950s. The courts have mandated it. Chana asks: How did this happen? And is this a blueprint for real, systemic change?

  • Nice White Parents - Ep. 4

    Nice White Parents - Ep. 4

    20/08/2020 Duration: 50min

    Public schools are inequitable because the school systems are maniacally loyal to white families. We can’t have equitable public education unless schools limit the disproportionate power of white parents. But is that even possible? Chana finds two schools that are trying to do just that, and both are actually inside the 293 building. One is downstairs in the basement, where a charter school called Success Academy opened about 7 years ago. The other is upstairs at BHS, the newly renamed SIS.

  • Nice White Parents - Ep. 3

    Nice White Parents - Ep. 3

    20/08/2020 Duration: 46min

    Chana Joffe-Walt explores how white parents can shape a school — even when they aren’t there. She traces the history of I.S. 293, now the Boerum Hill School for International Studies, from the 1980s through the modern education reforms of the 2000s. In the process, Chana talks to alumni who loved their school and never questioned why it was on the edge of a white neighborhood. To them, it was just where everyone went. But she also speaks to some who watched the school change over the years and questioned whether a local community school board was secretly plotting against 293.

  • Nice White Parents - Ep. 2

    Nice White Parents - Ep. 2

    20/08/2020 Duration: 53min

    Chana Joffe-Walt searches the New York City Board of Education archives for more information about the School for International Studies, which was originally called I.S. 293. In the process, she finds a folder of letters written in 1963 by mostly white families in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. They are asking for the board to change the proposed construction of the school to a site where it would be more likely to be racially integrated. It’s less than a decade after Brown v. Board of Education, amid a growing civil rights movement, and the white parents writing letters are emphatic that they want an integrated school. They get their way and the school site changes — but after that, nothing else goes as planned.

  • Nice White Parents - Ep. 1

    Nice White Parents - Ep. 1

    20/08/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    It’s 2015 and one Brooklyn middle school is about to receive a huge influx of new students.  Reporter Chana Joffe Walt follows  what happens when the School for International Studies’s 6th grade class swells from 30 mostly Latino, Black and Middle Eastern students, to a class of 103 —an influx almost entirely driven by white families. Everyone wants “what’s best for the school” but it becomes clear that they don’t share the same vision of what “best” means. For more information about this show, visit nytimes.com/nicewhiteparents

  • S03 Episode 09: Some Time When Everything Has Changed

    S03 Episode 09: Some Time When Everything Has Changed

    15/11/2018

    The state of Ohio decides where Joshua belongs.

  • S03 Episode 08: A Madman’s Vacation

    S03 Episode 08: A Madman’s Vacation

    08/11/2018 Duration: 01h06min

    A teenager decides to cooperate.

  • S03 Episode 07: The Snowball Effect

    S03 Episode 07: The Snowball Effect

    25/10/2018 Duration: 57min

    If you listen closely to the trash-talking, you start to get the message.

  • S03 Episode 06: You in the Red Shirt

    S03 Episode 06: You in the Red Shirt

    18/10/2018 Duration: 53min

    Life after you put a cop in jail.

  • S03 Episode 05: Pleas Baby Pleas

    S03 Episode 05: Pleas Baby Pleas

    11/10/2018 Duration: 01h02min

    Don’t tell the judges, but the prosecutors have the most power in the building.

  • S03 Episode 04: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street

    S03 Episode 04: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street

    04/10/2018 Duration: 01h01min

    What happens when the right evidence points to the wrong man?

  • S03 Episode 03: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit

    S03 Episode 03: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit

    27/09/2018 Duration: 01h04min

    The smell of raw marijuana + acting nervous + hands in pockets = ?

  • S03 Episode 02: You’ve Got Some Gauls

    S03 Episode 02: You’ve Got Some Gauls

    20/09/2018 Duration: 58min

    When a judge believes he knows you better than you know yourself.

  • S03 Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

    S03 Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

    20/09/2018 Duration: 54min

    A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?

  • S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty

    S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty

    31/03/2016 Duration: 01h06min

    The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?

  • S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics

    S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics

    17/03/2016 Duration: 52min

    Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

  • S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets

    S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets

    03/03/2016 Duration: 49min

    You don’t make peace with your friends. 

  • S02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2

    S02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2

    19/02/2016 Duration: 37min

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

  • S02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1

    S02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1

    18/02/2016 Duration: 38min

    It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

  • S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

    S01 Update: Day 03, Adnan Syed’s Hearing

    06/02/2016 Duration: 15min

    February 2016: Sarah Koenig ducks back into the Adnan Syed case for a few days. There’s a hearing in Baltimore—a court proceeding that’s been nearly sixteen years in the making. Syed’s attorney will introduce new evidence, and present a case for why his conviction should be overturned. Sarah and producer Dana Chivvis will discuss what happens, day by day.

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