Serial season 2 on Pandora
The topic of the second season of Serial, the popular podcast spinoff from This American Life, has yet to be officially announced, but now fans will know where they can hear new episodes once they arrive. Pandora announced Monday that it will stream the series when episodes debut on iTunes, podcast apps, and Serial‘s website.
The premiere date hasn’t been announced, but according to Pandora, season 1 will be available starting on Nov. 24.
“For people already listening to Serial and This American Life, nothing will change,” NPR’s Ira Glass said in a statement. “But we believe lots of people who’d like our shows simply haven’t heard of them, or haven’t started listening to podcasts. Serial is the biggest podcast in the world, but only 17 percent of Americans listen to podcasts at all. That’s why it’s so exciting for us to work with Pandora. Pandora reaches millions of people who never listen to public radio or download podcasts. This’ll get our shows to them.”
“Pandora is all about discovery and this gives us a great opportunity – not only to offer each of you a great new experience, but to help Serial expand its audience,” Pandora founder Tim Westergren wrote in a blog post. “We can’t share when Season 2 will launch, or what it’s about (both are highly guarded secrets).”
Serial debuted in last year and followed the true story of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of killing Hae Min Lee in 2000 and is currently serving a life sentence in Maryland. Producer Sarah Koenig and her team re-reported the case, igniting a pop cultural phenomenon and legal doubt about the case.
As mentioned, season 2’s subject has yet to be announced but last month, rumor spread that the show would focus on Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. solider who was held in captivity in Afghanistan from June 2009 to May 2014. In a statement to EW, a rep for the podcast said, “The Serial team hasn’t confirmed their topic for Season 2 yet. Over the last few months they’ve been reporting on a variety of stories for both seasons 2 and 3 of Serial, along with other podcast projects.”