Serial’s third season will tackle the criminal justice system beginning September 20

Serial has released details about its upcoming third season. The landmark true crime podcast will turn its investigative lens on the criminal justice system. Rather than digging into a single case, the season will be about Cleveland’s criminal courts and will share behind-the-scenes details of court procedures. In addition to host Sarah Koenig, the new season has help from radio personality and reporter Emmanuel Dzotsi.

“Every case Emmanuel and I followed, there came a point where we thought: No, this can’t be how it works,” Koenig said in a press release. “And then we were like, Oh! Oh my god. This is how it works! This is how it happens! People who work in the system, or have been through the system, they know this. But millions more people do not. And for the past year I’ve had this urgent feeling of wanting to kind of hold open the courthouse door, and wave people inside. Because things are happening — shocking things, fascinating things — in plain sight.”

The first two episodes of the third season will be released on September 20. The remainder of the season will keep a weekly schedule, with new episodes premiering on Thursdays. The show is available on platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Pandora.

Anna Washenko