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Serial podcast may feature this controversial new case for new season

Published 23/09/2015 | 09:27

TV gold on the radio: The Serial podcast, hosted by Sarah Koenig, attracts well over one million listeners (and counting) per episode worldwide
TV gold on the radio: The Serial podcast, hosted by Sarah Koenig, attracts well over one million listeners (and counting) per episode worldwide

It looks like the Serial team may have found another controversial case to cover for the podcast's new season.

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The first season investigation revolving around Adnan Syed, the young man accused of murdering his high-school girlfriend, drew millions of fans and the team has reportedly been seeking a case just as compelling for the follow-up.

A new report in Maxim suggest that Serial host Sarah Koenig is working on the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier who disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

The circumstances surrounding his disappearance were not straightforward and while he was being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan debate around him raged in the US.

President Obama sanctioned the release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Berghdal's freedom but when he was released he was charged with desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy.

The latter charge can result in a life sentence.

The Serial team have not yet confirmed that this case will be the subject of the new series but the Maxim report comes from Matthew Farwell, a former soldier who previously contributed to Rolling Stone's article on Bergdahl.

Maxim's report also includes a statement from Serial which asks Maxim and other journalists "not to try to figure out what you think we might be doing, especially since we're actively reporting stories, and having a bunch of wild speculation out there makes our job reporting harder."

They also say they're currently working on several projects simultaneously including season two and season three as well as "some other podcast projects".

The first podcast saw Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder investigating the true-crime case of Syed, who was imprisoned for life for murdering his ex girlfriend.

Hae Min Lee was strangled in 1999 but Syed has always maintained his innocence and he was granted a request for review by Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals after their analysis of the evidence against him.

The original podcast caused a storm when it was released last year by public radio station WBEZ Chicago and it became the fastest ever to reach 5 million downloads.

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