Have you too missed the dulcet tones of Sarah Koenig saying: “From This American Life and WBEZ Chicago, it’s Serial”?

Well, it’s your lucky evening, armchair investigators, because tonight Serial released the first trailer for their third season, which returns to wherever you listen to podcasts on September 20. That’s only 15 days away (!!!).

The first season of the true crime podcast dug into the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, back in 2000. Earlier this year, he was granted a retrial.

Season two interrogated the case against US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009, and was later found to be a deserter, then captured by the Taliban.

This season is a deep dive into the American criminal justice system, the team spending a year haunting the courts in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dw, I’ve written it out for you:

If you’ve listened to Serial before you probably know that our first season was about a murder case in Baltimore. Ever since that story aired people have asked me and the people I work with: what does that case tell us about the criminal justice system?

And the answer is: the case of Adnan Syed wasn’t typical in any way – defendant with no criminal record, private defence attorney, rarest of all, a six-week trial. The vast majority of cases don’t even go to trial.

I don’t think we can understand how the criminal justice system works by interrogating one extraordinary case. Ordinary cases are where we’d need to look.

This season of Serial, we do just that. We take a look at the entire criminal justice system: a year inside the criminal courts in Cleveland, Ohio.

We chose Cleveland because they let us record everywhere – courtrooms, back hallways, judges’ chambers, the prosecutor’s office – and then we followed those cases outside the building into neighbourhoods, into people’s houses, and into prison.

Every case we looked into, there came a time when I said, ‘Wait, this can’t be happening.’ And then it did.

From This American Life and WBEZ Chicago, it’s Serial.

One courthouse, told week by week. You’ll see what we saw, from the inside.

And then Koenig throws to the loveable Ira Glass, a zaddy if ever there was one, for the final plugs.

You can check out a full eight-minute trailer on your preferred podcast app or HERE, where Koenig begins to go into detail about a particular case from their year-long investigation that demonstrates some real flaws in the legal system.


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