Due to surprising developments made in the case being explored in Serial’s second season, the popular podcast is now moving to a biweekly schedule. “There are more paths we need to go down,” Julie Snyder, one of the show’s executive producers, told the New York Times. “Since we started broadcasting the show, we have gotten more people willing to talk, and because of that, it has opened up more avenues of reporting.” This season covers the mystery surrounding Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who left his Army base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban for five years.

Unlike last season, which mainly focused on Adnan Syed, a man accused of the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee, the Bergdahl case is still open, so unexpected changes were a possibility. After the first episode aired, Bergdahl was ordered to face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops. The trial is tentatively scheduled for this summer.

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“This story goes in so many directions, and as we’re reporting it we’re getting access to more of the key people close to Bergdahl’s case, and to more information than we initially thought we would,” an announcement on the Serial website reads. The fifth episode of the show, which was originally set to air this Thursday, will now be available on January 21. The biweekly schedule will continue for the remainder of the season.


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