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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.

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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 - 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.

    • 48 min
    The Improvement Association - Chap 4

    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.

    • 51 min
    The Improvement Association - Chap 3

    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.

    • 39 min
    The Improvement Association - Chap 2

    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.

    • 44 min
    The Improvement Association - Chap 1

    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.

    • 44 min
    The Improvement Association - Trailer

    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.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
67.1K Ratings

67.1K Ratings

Fitzlistener ,

The Improvement Association

I went into TIA cold. Didn’t listen to the preview. Didn’t read any reviews. I had no context going in, other than my knowledge of the variety of topics covered in previous seasons. I didn’t even have a vague idea of what this new season would be about. So, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

And so, I don’t think it is an overstatement for me to describe my decision to hit play on Ep. 1 as anything other than serendipitous.

I really enjoyed listening to TIA ... like way way more than I was expecting to. I mean, it’s focus is a small PAC, in a moderately small county in North Carolina. And while the drama does touch on national political events, most of the meat of the story is found in its present of local political fights and drama.

Given that intensely local focus, and how distant that local scene is from my own experience (I live in a small rural MN county), I was surprised at how drawn I was to continue listening to this season.

Well done Serial. Excellent script. Excellent narration. Excellent journalism.

micachicagal ,

Podcast letdown

What happened to this podcast? It’s only gone downhill since season 1. Why ruin a perfectly good podcast you had going on? I really wish they stuck with the theme of true crime. I had no interest in season 2 & 3 I had to stop listening in the middle of both. What a shame.

Jimmy44 ,

Nice white parents

I was disappointed in this opinion influenced serial. This wasn’t the independent reporting what journalism at this broadcast has been noted for. A reporter had a specific point to make, and although she pointed out numerous deficiencies in the current system, she had one goal to make this an editorial of her belief system.

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