A while back, I told you that the Serial podcast was coming back, and I had some thoughts on potential topics. Well, Sarah Koenig and crew didn’t take my advice – seriously, who doesn’t want to know once and for all if size matters?! – but the topic they have settled on is still a pretty intriguing one.
According to Deadline, the second season will focus on the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant from Idaho who was captured by the Taliban and held prisoner for five years after he left his base in Afghanistan for unknown reasons. A bit different from the Adnan Syad case, this time the podcast will be done somewhat in conjunction with a movie – Page One Productions, which is spearheaded by one of the guys behind Zero Dark Thirty, who is working on a separate movie about the Bergdahl case (which, like Zero Dark Thirty, will be directed by Kathryn Bigelow) and will be partnering with the “This American Life” podcast on the case investigation. While Koenig will still be the main voice of Serial, Mark Boal and Hugo Lindgren of Page One “will be among the on-air voices and backstage journalists on the podcast series that will begin later this year,” according to Deadline.
Among the questions the podcast will try and answer is one that most Americans have been asking since the story broke: why did Bergdahl leave the base to begin with? Coinciding with the podcast will likely be hearings in Bergdahl’s case; he has been charged with two counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice: one count of “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and one count of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”
No word on when the new season of Serial is set to air, but this should be an interesting case to watch unfold..