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'Serial' explores complicated news stories

'Serial' explores complicated news stories

As more and more people are listening to podcasts, more is expected from the shows than just talking. Long-form storytelling has been one of the strengths of the new generation of podcasts.

Some of the most popular podcasts are non-fiction, recounting mysterious occurrences, baffling crimes and other unfinished stories.

"Serial," an investigative journalism podcast, made its name by exploring crime cases that had unanswered questions about them. The first season of "Serial" explored the 1999 Maryland murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, and the guilty verdict for her ex-boyfriend Adnan Masud Syed.

Syed's first trial ended in a mistrial, but after a six-week second trial, Syed was found guilty of Lee's murder on February 25, 2000, and given a life sentence, despite pleading innocent.

Doubts, and a retrial

The first season of "Serial" re-investigated the murder and raised doubts about Syed's guilt. After the last podcast, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals filed a decision allowing Syed to appeal his conviction on grounds his attorney had provided ineffective counsel for failing to seek a plea bargain during his trial. Later, Syed won a new trial.

Season 2 covered the story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American Army soldier who was held for five years by the Taliban, and then charged with desertion.

Season 3 will debut some time this year.

While you're listening to new podcasts, try out Komando on Demand. In this podcast, Kim Komando provides insight on the ever-changing tech issues and topics that are relevant to you. Kim conducts interviews with experts in their field to give you the full picture every time.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of a wide variety of topics such as the Dark Web, the life of digital nomads, staying focused on the road, what it takes to keep the lights on and so much more.

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