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Why ‘Serial’ Turned to Guantánamo: “This Place Is Crazy and Nobody Knows About It”

Why ‘Serial’ Turned to Guantánamo: “This Place Is Crazy and Nobody Knows About It”

[ad_1] Nearly a decade ago, reporters Sarah Koenig and Dana Chivvis set out to tell a different kind of story about Guantánamo Bay, the prison and court created by the US shortly after 9/11, intended to detain people US forces had captured and suspected of being members of the Taliban or al-Qaida. In 2015, when Barack Obama was approaching his final year in office and pushing to close the Cuban detention facility, they started their reporting, traveling to Guantánamo themselves and interviewing people associated with the the prison camp. But no one would say anything compelling on the record. “We’d get these super-stiff interviews on tape, and then they would be like, ‘Can you turn that off for a second?’ Or, ‘Can you just pause for a second?’ And then they would tell you the real thing that was going on,” said Koenig. They eventually killed the story. But Koenig and Chivvis were determined to tell an inside account of Guantánamo Bay in some capacity, and even turned to fiction—writing a TV pilot about a …