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The second series of podcast giant Serial is here

Dust off your headphones and stop Googling for ‘other shows as additive as Serial’ - the second series of the podcast giant has finally arrived.

In case you didn't hear from friends and co-workers the first time around, Serial’s first series took the shape of a weekly investigative documentary concerning the case of a murdered 18-year-old student in Baltimore in 1999 and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Masud Syed. Revisiting old evidence, as well as talking to Syed himself, maker and host Sarah Koenig allowed the audience to make up their own minds over who was responsible for the crime.

This time the focus will be on Bowe Bergdahl: a former US Sergeant captured by the Taliban, released in May 2014 as part of a prisoner exchange for five suspects held in Guantanamo Bay, he was charged by the US Army with one count of desertion and one count of misbehaviour before the enemy in March of this year.

Asking “hero or deserter?", it's certainly an intriguing prospect - one laced with intrigue, conspiracy and decisions that go all the way to The White House - and no doubt topical, particularly with current Republican nominee Donald Trump one of those who's branded the former soldier a traitor.

The only downside being that now half of your family will want shiny new Christmas presents to play it on. 

Get listening at Serialpodcast.org