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January 13, 2016

'Serial' podcast changes to biweekly schedule to ensure thorough reporting

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"Serial" is expected to return to the airwaves with a third season.

Season 2 of the wildly popular investigative journalism podcast series "Serial" is switching to a biweekly schedule, host Sarah Koenig announced on the show’s blog.

This season follows the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who allegedly deserted his unit in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban for five years.

New episodes will now be released every other week, instead of once a week.

Koenig says that while the change in schedule is probably not what fans want to hear, it will mean more material to work with.

"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," she explained. 

"Which is great. And which means we’re going to be adding at least one extra episode to the series. To do that — or at least to do it right — will take some time."

Episode 5 will be released Thursday, Jan. 21. During in-between weeks, the website will feature new posts and graphics. 

"Serial" was released by the public radio station WBEZ Chicago in October 2014 and was the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads, according to Apple.

Season 1 of the podcast focused on the murder trial of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of killing his high school ex-girlfriend in 2000.