Serial is a podcast from Serial Productions, a New York Times company, 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.
The Improvement Association - Chap 5
The Improvement Association PAC’s power in the county is threatened when an unlikely candidate enters the race for county commissioner. Plenty of people outside the PAC now have their own ideas about how to build Black political power here. Zoe examines what this election could mean for the PAC’s future.
The Improvement Association - Chap 4
With the PAC’s reputation suffering because of years of cheating accusations and resentment stirring within its ranks, a prominent member turns against the leadership. Nevertheless, Horace and his closest allies make a bold move by supporting a political upset at the center of the county.
The Improvement Association - Chap 3
Zoe delves into one of the most serious allegations against the Bladen Improvement PAC: an accusation about stealing votes from vulnerable people that goes back 10 years. In trying to track down the veracity of this particularly persistent rumor, she comes to understand how and why election cheating allegations are so sticky.
The Improvement Association - Chap 2
Zoe talks to people in the county who believe the Bladen Improvement PAC has been cheating for years. She tries to get beyond the rumors and into specifics, and comes face to face with the intense suspicion and scrutiny leveled against the organization. In the middle of another election, Zoe goes out with members of the PAC to watch how they operate and try to make sense of all these allegations against them.
The Improvement Association - Chap 1
Following a notorious case of election fraud in Bladen County, North Carolina, in 2018, the reporter Zoe Chace gets an invitation from Horace Munn, the leader of the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC, a Black political advocacy group whose name was dragged into the scandal. Horace asks Zoe to come down and investigate for herself and find out who is really cheating.
The Improvement Association - Trailer
Listen to the trailer for our newest show, "The Improvement Association." From Serial Productions and The New York Times, hosted by Zoe Chace.
Interesting and fascinating
Fascinating podcast. This is the first podcast I ever heard. Very interesting to hear about the justice system compared to ours in the Netherlands. Also, love Sarah’s voice. She sounds so calming.
Absolutely fantastic podcast. Often I have to remind myself this is not about Bulgaria, Mexico or Russia, where I paid police officers cash money to get out of a speeding ticket. This is about the justice system in the United States of America. A highly developed country. I’m not American, but I love the American compassion for other nations, for people in need and how they support their local communities. It baffles me therefore how Americans can not come together and repair this broken, ancient justice system. I hope they find guidance and wisdom from this podcast.
Something we already knew but nevertheless, compelling and scary.