That's right, no typos here. Serial, the wildly popular podcast led by investigative reporter Sarah Koenig, went live without a whisper this morning embarking on its sophomore season.
The first season, which followed the case of Adnan Syed, who had been convicted at the age of 18 of the murder of his ex girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, took the world by storm. Koenig's melodic narration was an unsettling contrast to the grisly story she told. At the end of the season, she had most of us convinced that Adnan was innocent, and we weren't the only ones. Syed's case was reopened so that further investigation could be conducted.
Season 2 has been discussed at length for weeks, seeing as how we were promised a fall 2015 premiere date. But with no fanfare and practically zero warning, Season 2 premiered today at Serialpodcast.org. Who is this season's subject, you may ask?
None other than Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who was a Taliban prisoner for five years. Last year, President Obama agreed to release five Taliban extremists from Guantanimo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl's safe return to American soil. The country was outraged. Words like "deserter" and "traitor" were bandied about with little regard for the actual facts of the situation. Enter Sarah Koenig.
I'm a mere 28 minutes into the first episode of Season 2, and I already know that my life belongs to this program until the season runs its course.
What do you think of this season's subject? Bergdahl was a controversial choice, to say the least. It will be incredibly interesting to watch the country react to actually hearing this mystery man's story as it unfolds. The question now, is: will anyone truly listen, or are the accusations of desertion too much for Americans to bear?