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Serial returns with a history of Guantánamo told by people who lived through key moments in Guantánamo’s evolution, who know things the rest of us don’t about what it’s like to be caught inside an improvised justice system.

Serial Productions makes narrative podcasts whose quality and innovation transformed the medium. “Serial” began in 2014 as a spinoff of the public radio show “This American Life.” In 2020, we joined the New York Times Company. Our shows have reached many millions of listeners and have won nearly every major journalism award for audio, including the first-ever Peabody Award given to a podcast.

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Serial returns with a history of Guantánamo told by people who lived through key moments in Guantánamo’s evolution, who know things the rest of us don’t about what it’s like to be caught inside an improvised justice system.

Serial Productions makes narrative podcasts whose quality and innovation transformed the medium. “Serial” began in 2014 as a spinoff of the public radio show “This American Life.” In 2020, we joined the New York Times Company. Our shows have reached many millions of listeners and have won nearly every major journalism award for audio, including the first-ever Peabody Award given to a podcast.

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    Poor Baby Raul

    Poor Baby Raul

    Maybe you have an idea in your head about what it was like to work at Guantánamo, one of the most notorious prisons in the world. Think again.

    • 41 min
    The Special Project

    The Special Project

    In 2002, an elite interrogation team secretly staged Guantánamo’s most elaborate intel operation — to try to get a single detainee to talk.

    • 47 min
    Ahmad the Iguana Feeder

    Ahmad the Iguana Feeder

    An Arabic-speaking airman is sent to Guantánamo to translate, and soon finds himself at the center of a major scandal. Part 1: Suspicion swallows evidence.

    • 1 hr
    The Honeymooners

    The Honeymooners

    The case against a young airman gets even weirder when the government pulls in two fresh investigators. Part 2: A bride, an FBI agent, and a polygraph machine.

    • 50 min
    The Big Chicken, Part 1

    The Big Chicken, Part 1

    A new warden comes to Guantánamo and decides to make some changes. A prison’s a prison, he thinks. How hard could this be?

    • 54 min
    Part 2, Asymmetry

    Part 2, Asymmetry

    After the worst happens at Guantánamo, the warden tries to explain it to the outside world – and to himself.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
74K Ratings

74K Ratings

Bleep Blorp68236 ,

Amazing, limited content

When I listened to season one of Serial, I fell in love with it, as well as the entire true crime genre, and my love of true crime is unending, but, I was very dissatisfied when I found out that the other seasons of Serial deviated from the investigative theme of the first season, but, all in all, even though most of the show isn't what I expected, Serial was still a wonderful experience, I would definitely recommend it.

Naihanchi ,

Almost a great podcast

The topic and content were spot on. Personally, I felt that the interviewer/narrator was a bit overbearing and found her style unpleasant. But it was very informative.

LZFoE ,

Not for Binary Thinkers

Someone must have posted about this on a conservative news source to draw all of these negative reviews. Guantanamo isn't a story with an end or even a well-defined plot, it's a real life never-ending morass. A complex, fascinating and horrifying story with no clear resolution in sight, even now. It's a newsworthy subject, but if you can't empathize with multiple viewpoints - or think that what the detainees did means they don't deserve due process or basic human dignity - you probably won't benefit much from listening to this, because it will be lost on you.

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