The first two episodes of 'Serial' season 3 will debut September 20th, with subsequent episodes to be released weekly on Thursdays. The first season caught the world's attention with the story of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 2000 (and is now currently awaiting a retrial), while the second season followed the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who was captured by the Taliban.
This time the investigative series are looking into the inner workings of Cleveland’s criminal-court system and instead of telling one single story it will follow many different stories with some spanning two or even three episodes.
Host Sarah Koenig and reporter Emmanuel Dzotsi - an Ohio native and formerly of 'This American Life' podcast spent more than a year in the city, looking at small criminal cases like marijuana possession and disorderly conduct as well as more serious ones including felonies.
"Every case Emmanuel and I followed, there came a point where we thought: 'No, this can’t be how it works,'" Koenig said in a statement. "People who work in the system, or have been through the system, they know this. But millions more people do not. And for the past year I’ve had this urgent feeling of wanting to kind of hold open the courthouse door and wave people inside. Because things are happening — shocking things, fascinating things — in plain sight."
The third season of 'Serial' is expected to be around 10 episodes, but that’s subject to change. Listen to the audio trailer for season 3 at this link.