- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The second season of the hit podcast “Serial” will investigate the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was accused of desertion in Afghanistan, held captive by the Taliban and released to the U.S. in 2014 in a controversial prisoner exchange, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Wednesday. 

“Serial” host Sarah Koenig and one of the show’s producers were present in the courtroom last week at Sgt. Bergdahl’s preliminary hearing in San Antonio to determine whether or not he will face a court-martial, Maxim magazine reported

Sgt. Bergdahl’s story is also being adapted for the screen by “Zero Dark Thirty” producers and screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow. Mr. Boal was also present at the preliminary hearing and is reportedly helping the “Serial” team with research. 

In a statement to Maxim, NPR asked that reporters allow the “Serial” team to refrain from spoiling details of the hit podcast’s second season and allow the team to investigate themselves. 

“We’d very much appreciate if fellow journalists would give us some room and not feel the need to attempt to dig into and try to figure out what you think we might be doing, especially since we’re actively reporting stories, and having a bunch of wild speculation out there makes our job reporting harder. Doesn’t feel very menschy,” the statement reads. “In any case, here’s what I can tell you: The Serialstaff is currently working on several things simultaneously: Season 2, Season 3, and some other podcast projects. For now we’re not talking publicly about anything that we’re working on.”

“Serial,” the spinoff podcast of NPR’s “This American Life,” became a viral hit in its first season, with millions tuning in each week to play amateur detective along with Ms. Koenig as she investigated the case of Adnan Syed, a baltimore man accused of murdering his high school girlfriend. The podcast inspired a campaign to appeal Mr. Syed’s conviction, which he was granted in May. 

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