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A podcast from the creators of This American Life
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S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

2014-10-0300:53:411,212

It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found. 
S01 Episode 02: The Breakup

S01 Episode 02: The Breakup

2014-10-0300:36:35491

Their relationship began like a storybook high-school romance: a prom date, love notes, sneaking off to be alone. But unlike other kids at school, they had to keep their dating secret, because their parents disapproved. Both of them, but especially Adnan, were under special pressure at home, and the stress of that spilled over into their relationship. Eventually Hae broke up with Adnan. And then, depending on who you ask, Adnan was either understandably sad and moping around, or full of rage and plotting to kill her.
S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

S01 Episode 03: Leakin Park

2014-10-0900:27:59332

It’s February 9, 1999. Hae has been missing for three weeks. A man on his lunch break pulls off a road to pee, and stumbles on her body in a city forest. His odd recounting of the discovery makes Detectives Ritz and MacGillivary suspicious. For instance, why did he walk so far into the woods - 127 feet - to relieve himself? And that’s just the start. A look into the man’s past reveals some bizarre behavior.
S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies

S01 Episode 04: Inconsistencies

2014-10-1600:34:06402

A few days after Hae’s body is found, the detectives get a lead that opens the case up for them. They find Jay at work late one night and bring him down to Homicide. At first, he insists he doesn’t know anything about the murder. But eventually he comes clean. He tells them what happened on January 13th. A few weeks later, he’s back at Homicide and his story has changed. In some ways, these changes are small and understandable. In other ways, they’re big and confounding.
S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

2014-10-2300:43:37360

Adnan once issued a challenge to Sarah. He told her to test the state’s timeline of the murder by driving from Woodlawn High School to Best Buy in 21 minutes. It can’t be done, he said. So Sarah and Dana take up the challenge, and raise him one: They try to recreate the entire route that Jay said he and Adnan took on January 13th, 1999. 
The physical evidence against Adnan Syed was scant - a few underwhelming fingerprints. So aside from cell records, what did the prosecutors bring to the jury, to shore up Jay's testimony? Sarah weighs all the other circumstantial evidence they had against Adnan, including curious behavior, a disconcerting note, and an unexplained mid-afternoon phone call.
Adnan told Sarah about a case in Virginia that had striking similarities to his own: one key witness, incriminating cell phone records, young people, drugs - and a defendant who has always maintained his innocence. Sarah called up one of the defense attorneys on that case to see if she could offer any insight into Adnan’s case, and got much more than she bargained for.
The state’s case against Adnan Syed hinged on Jay’s credibility; he was their star witness and also, because of his changing statements to police, their chief liability. Naturally, Adnan’s lawyer tried hard to make Jay look untrustworthy at trial. So, how did the jurors make sense of Jay? For that matter, how did the cops make sense of Jay? How are we supposed to make sense of Jay?
S01 Episode 09: To Be Suspected

S01 Episode 09: To Be Suspected

2014-11-2000:45:37319

New information is coming in about what maybe didn’t happen on January 13, 1999.  And while Adnan’s memory of that day is foggy at best, he does remember what happened next: being questioned, being arrested and, a little more than a year later, being sentenced to life in prison.
Adnan’s trial lawyer was M. Cristina Gutierrez, a renowned defense attorney in Maryland – tough and savvy and smart. Other lawyers said she was exactly the kind of person you’d want defending you on a first-degree murder charge. But Adnan was convicted, and a year later, Gutierrez was disbarred. What happened? 
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BabaHein

this lady falls in love with the criminal every season.

Apr 25th
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BabaHein

It comes down to education. The way some of these men and women comprehend simple situations is remarkable and sad.

Apr 25th
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Faranak Javaheri

I can't bare listen to this

Apr 21st
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Liz Edwards

It's looking like the police have their man in Adnan and case closed. But I'm certain Jay is the true killer....

Apr 20th
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britt Morris

I think that the cops made Jay fabricate the conversation on Adnan so they could get a easy conviction and get money from the conviction.

Apr 20th
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Julie Gatesman

voters keep voting this guy in..... this is why I vote no to all judges. need to change stuff up. but people have nonidea who they are voting for amd i think they just figure, well theyre in there guess we should keep them in there. Nope!

Apr 18th
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Sergei Gribushkov

дцкдои2ь

Apr 18th
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Lori Best

Excellent storytelling. Ms. Koenig and her associates deserve an award (or several) for the excellent work on Adnan Syed's case and the attention that they were able to bring to that injustice. Keep up the great reporting.

Apr 16th
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Lathan Hudson

Leaking park American dead bodies

Apr 15th
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Stephanie urteaga

i really enjoyed this podcast.. i completely bingelistened to it

Apr 15th
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James Milliken

The lawyers voice is like stretched out barbed wire. Imagine having to listen to that every day in court. I bet at least one juror found him guilty because her voice annoyed them so much.

Apr 14th
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Shakennotstired

Are you serious? You think he is not being discriminated against by the system, really? They sentenced him cause he was being a bad Muslim.... Dating , drinking, sex, that is what every teenager does. He is a brown kid & a Muslim obviously they do not care. The darker your skin the more they are prejudice. How come Dan gets to go scottfree? Jay sounds absolutely dodgy, he seems to be spinning a web of lies, why was he never called out?

Apr 12th
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Shakennotstired

Are you even serious? You believe he was not discriminated against, really?

Apr 12th
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Danielle King

mr.s is #2 suspect in my book, #1 being Jay because he knows so much. who stops so close to home to go pee? his rap sheet seals the deal for me. but I watch so many crime shows the number of bodies found in the park, hey being body number 20 makes me think a serial killer could be another plausible suspect. however I come back to wondering how does Jay know so much. I honestly think Jay framed Adnan. jelous of Adnans relationship with his girlfriend Stephanie.

Apr 11th
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Sneha Kurmi

The informations are changing every now and then. Many vital evidence are there but weren't ever been checked or confirmed. Witnesses were never contacted. About Jay, he does suspicious but it would be too obvious if he actually turns out to be the murderer.

Apr 6th
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Nick f

really enjoyed the first season, can't make it past the first episode of this one. you immediately took the side and a sympathetic view torwards bowe. meanwhile to me he sounds like a safe space hipster....."in my personal opinion this is wrong so I'll break every agreement I've made because my beliefs are right and more important than everyone else's" seemed to be his excuse. should have landed that black hawk, put a bullet in his and all the talibans heads and took off laughing.

Apr 6th
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Joanne Valdez

obsessed!!

Apr 5th
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Keith Tam

This feels like season one again. Serial is Back!

Apr 2nd
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Destiny Wilson

why do a lie detector test on S. but not on Jay?

Apr 2nd
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Stefanie May

it is April 1st 2019 and I have just watched the first three parts of the HBO series the case against Adnan Syed and I don't believe that he killed Hae. I don't necessarily feel like J new much originally and that the cops fed him information the 3 hours unaccounted for when he signed in to see the police at 3:15 and they didn't start recording until 6:20 or something. I don't trust Dawn I'm sorry but I don't trust older men with young girls I mean he wasn't that much older like 21 or something but he should have been dating a girl in high school first of all. Also finding out that his mom was his manager at LensCrafters who verified that he was there that day doesn't give me much believe that he was really there that day because I don't know of any mom that wouldn't cover for their son. she may have thought they were coming after her son for being with a teenage girl and she was lying to protect him from statutory rape charge and being forever held as a sexual predator. then finds out later it's a murder... also I don't trust people who don't want to get to the truth and just don't want to talk about that time in their lives like as if this is easy for Adnan if he really didn't do it to be sitting in prison for 19 years for something he did not do put yourself in that position. if I knew information whether it was good or bad for him for Hae, I would want the truth to come out good or bad. they have her Journal, I have never heard if there is anything in the journal negative about him that she wrote about things in his personality or ways that he treated her after The Break-Up. I also don't feel like of teenage boy at that age is capable of hiding their sociopathic tendencies. to be a sociopath means that you do not feel empathy or emotion like others and everyone said what a great person he was how friendly how funny kind so I just don't understand how he could have hidden that from everyone and then killed Hae.

Apr 1st
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me me

Stefanie May the cops would have no control over whether or not Jay served prison time, that was decided separately, much later, by a judge. Jay took a huge risk if he was totally innocent...what the hell did he have to gain?

Apr 22nd
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Stefanie May

the beanstalker Well Jay didn't know all the details. He gave 7 different stories and was coached by cops and funny how he didn't serve 1 day... Yet supposedly knew about the murder beforehand which is a life sentence in Maryland. He helped bury body supposedly... Again no time. Plus, Jay has been arrested over 25 times since 1999. Such a "good" guy... Not. He had no future then and doesn't now. He was jealous of Adnan and Stephanie who had goals and bright future.

Apr 15th
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