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For victims of a curious spirit and lovers of true crime, Serial is the best podcast to binge. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, each season of the podcast focuses on one true crime story. That story is unraveled  in each episode. From the beginning to the end of each season, listeners are captivated by the never-ending web of these stories, making it impossible to break away.

Season one focuses on the sentencing of Adnan Syed, who was convicted and charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend as a high school senior. Fifteen years after his sentencing, Syed claims to his innocence and tells Koenig that he did not commit the crime. Koenig investigates Syed’s case by interviewing Syed, his friends, those who testified in the trial, as well as discovering new evidence for his case.

Season two focuses on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, an army soldier that was held captive by the Taliban for five years after abandoning his post in Pakistan. Koenig digs into claims that suggest Bergdahl’s recovery from the Taliban is not to be celebrated because he is a deserter and war criminal. Koenig searches for the truth while Bergdahl faces criminal charges.

The show is a worthy time investment, considering that each season has between 11 to 12 episodes, each ranging from 40 minutes to one hour in length. The show is full of information and facts backing up each case. There is no fluff, nor are there times when not focusing is possible in order to retain the whole story. Every word is important.

While careful attention is demanded for each episode, it is hard not to listen to each detail and every piece of evidence that Koenig presents. The story is masterfully told to keep interest peaked, leaving listeners full of questions and shocked by each new development. Serial is the perfect podcast to listen through, other than the withdrawals that will occur after binging through the entire show within a week.

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