The story of Adnan Syed, the Baltimore teenager sentenced to life in prison for the strangling of his ex-girlfriend in 1999, has captivated the nation via the Serial podcast that aired last fall. The podcast, presented by Sarah Koenig and the producers of This American Life, explored whether or not Syed was wrongfully convicted for murder, and quickly became the most popular podcast in the world. But, when it ended in December, the podcast left some listeners dissatisfied, feeling that there were more unanswered questions than actual answers. This renewed interest into this 15-year-old murder case has opened the doors for a second podcast, Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed, which will explore “an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one.”
This new podcast is sponsored by the Adnan Syed Legal Trust, who have raised almost $100,000 via crowd-funding sites to support Syed’s legal defense. Another sponsor of Undisclosed, attorney Rabia Chaudry, is the one who originally suggested that Koenig consider Syed’s case as the subject of Serial. Chaudry said that the podcast confirmed her “perspective on the case that there was a lot of stuff that was done improperly by investigators and by the prosecution and that there’s even more reasonable doubt than there was 15 years ago.” The first episode of Undisclosed will launch on April 13, 2015. A second season of Serial is also in the works, but will be focused on a different case.