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‘Serial’ announces deal with Pandora for season 2 streaming rights

Season 2 of the popular public radio podcast “Serial” will be made available on Pandora, in addition to iTunes and on its own website.

Pandora announced Monday it would be the exclusive streaming service for Serial, which launched its first season in October 2014.

“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 officials said in a statement.

Unlike much of Pandora’s service, where listeners select an individual channel and receive a shuffled version of similar music, “Serial” listeners will be able to choose specific episodes, beginning at 6 a.m. Eastern time on the day they are released.

The popular podcast’s second season is expected to launch this year, although the creators have not announced an exact date or what it will be about. There have been reports that it will investigate the case of Bowe Berghdal, the Army soldier who fell into Taliban hands after he went missing from his post in Afghanistan.

The podcast gained rapid popularity during its first season as it investigated the case of Adnan Syed, a high schooler from Baltimore who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend. Its success is largely attributed to its innovative story-telling technique and tagline — “One story. Told week by week.”

The reporting has also had real-world implications. Earlier this year, a court granted Syed’s appeal for a post-conviction hearing. His attorneys are arguing that he received ineffective counsel and a key witness testimony was not placed into evidence, two issues journalist and host Sarah Koenig raised in the “Serial” podcast.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this report stated that season 2 will begin Nov. 24. Season 1 will be available on Pandora on that date.

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