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 Trojan Horse Affair - Part 1
A strange letter appears outlining a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate Birmingham schools. Hamza and Brian visit the supposed mastermind of the plot, and he tells them he did take over a bunch of schools – just not for the reasons in the letter.
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 2
Hamza and Brian think the source of the Trojan Horse letter might be hiding in plain sight. After learning about the petty personnel dispute that probably gave rise to the letter, they’re even more bewildered about how it ever could have been taken seriously.
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 3
In a state of surprise, Hamza and Brian leave a meeting with the man the Trojan Horse letter was first sent to. And they learn about an internal investigation report that local officials have kept hidden, but which they think could contain a bombshell.
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 4
A series of frustrating interviews with Birmingham politicians leaves Brian and Hamza wondering if crucial information about the Trojan Horse letter was kept from officials in London. Then one rainy Friday afternoon, Brian hears back from a government source who wants to meet right away.
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 5
Hamza and Brian learn that the Trojan Horse letter wasn’t the only unsigned letter alleging an extremist operation was afoot in Birmingham. An interview with a couple who lodged complaints against their school starts out cordially, but six hours later, the atmosphere is so tense that not even an offer of tea can smooth things over. And Hamza stops pretending he’s not angry about what he’s hearing.
The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 6
Hamza takes a long, hard look at what the government found when it investigated more than 20 majority-Muslim schools in Birmingham. And our two reporters have a confrontation – with each other.
Amazing reporting on the Trojan Horse Scandal! Moving mountains!
Trojan Horse was so good! They did an excellent job. Such a huge scandal to expose. I hope there is justice for the citizens of Birmingham! What a slimy government!
After 1st Season…All Downhill
This was the first podcast I listened to via a glowing recommendation from a friend. I binge listened and finished within a few days! I listened every moment I could (even if just for a few minutes while on a break from meetings) and felt almost like an addict craving my next fix!! Then it was over. I am so disappointed with the difference between season 1’s unbiased telling of the facts and future seasons. There’s a clear agenda being spewed. I truly enjoyed listening but I’m done. You knocked the 1st season out of the park - shame you’ve gone off the rails.
Always first class with Serial
At first I was surprised that Serial was sponsoring a story from England, but as I listened I heard that it was the same excellent reporting as the other seasons. Well worth the listen!