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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 Trojan Horse Affair - Part 1

    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.

    • 59 min
    The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 2

    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.

    • 53 min
    The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 3

    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.

    • 38 min
    The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 4

    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.

    • 45 min
    The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 5

    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.

    • 1 hr
    The Trojan Horse Affair - Part 6

    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
69.5K Ratings

69.5K Ratings

Team CoCo'er ,

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!

Son of a crackhead ,

Background Music Is a No for Me

Sarah Koenig is phenomenal in every episode; however, who’s idea was it to let jazz play loudly during the episode while she is explaining the case? I can’t hear a word she’s saying. It’s incredibly distracting. Music isn’t necessary, and certainly not what sounds like the Charlie Brown theme music. Let her speak. Dang.

Greg in Ann Arbor ,

Mildly interesting but no conclusion

I had never heard of this scandal before, but hung in there hoping for a resolution. When there was no conclusion, I had to ask why did they drag it out so long? They should have made it 1 or 2 episodes or scrapped it.

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