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.
Loved the reporting on the Trojan Horse Affair. Such an interesting topic and the take these men took on the events was so interesting. I loved the personal touch added in as well.
Credibility Damaged by "Trojan Horse Affair"
Previously i'd have rated this series 5 stars, but the latest series, "The Trojan Horse Affair" has irreparably damaged the brand.
Typical of their generation, these two millenial wannabe investigatve reporters are more interested in talking about themselves and how their topic makes them feel than doing any investigation or revealing any new information. The result is an entirely predictable and avoidable unprofessional mess.
Prior to this series, Serial was an auto-download for me. Knowing that the bar has been lowered so much means I'll be making space on my download list for a different investigative pod.
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!