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The Trojan Horse Affair

Serial Productions & The New York Times
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A strange letter appears on a city councillor’s desk in Birmingham, England, laying out an elaborate plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the city’s schools. The plot has a code name: Operation Trojan Horse. The story soon explodes in the news and kicks off a national panic. By the time it all dies down, the government has launched multiple investigations, beefed up the country’s counterterrorism policy, revamped schools and banned people from education for the rest of their lives. To Hamza Syed, who is watching the scandal unfold in his city, the whole thing seemed … off. Because through all the official inquiries and heated speeches in Parliament, no one has ever bothered to answer a basic question: Who wrote the letter? And why? The night before Hamza is to start journalism school, he has a chance meeting in Birmingham with the reporter Brian Reed, the host of the hit podcast S-Town. Together they team up to investigate: Who wrote the Trojan Horse letter? They quickly discover t... more


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Latest Episodes

A man banned from working in education in the aftermath of the Trojan Horse letter inspires Brian and Hamza to track down one last witness with him – in Australia. And all three travelers find their faith tested.

6 months ago

Birmingham authorities struggle to explain why they disavowed their own findings about the Trojan Horse plot. But when Brian and Hamza make a discovery deep inside some court documents, everything suddenly makes sense.

6 months ago

Hamza takes a long, hard look at what the government found when it investigated more than 20 majority-Muslim schools in Birmingham. And our two reporters have a confrontation – with each other.

6 months ago


4.6 out of 5 stars from 8k ratings
  • Use Your Brain People

    It still shocks me how people just blindly believe everything the news media spits out. They hang on every word like it’s gospel truth. Reality check…..every news outlet has an agenda, whether it be higher ratings, political spins, marketing promotions, etc. we have to stop eating up everything they dish out. Imagine how different our world could be if we’d all just turn off the news and live our lives!!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Gripping

    On episode 4 but so far it has been outstanding. The tenacity and diligence of the two reporters is great to hear.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 months ago
  • Best podcast

    This is an amazing podcast. Eye opening and honest, it shows the horrible effects of islamaphobia.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Biased hosts

    Would have been much better if pod hosts didn’t have a clear agenda. Biased the whole story from the beginning instead of letting the listeners make a judgement on their own with more objective facts and accounts

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • It fell apart for me when these two dudes tried to convey that the sexism this female school administrator experienced was all in her head. Or they tried to convey it was fine, because it was the normal kind of sexism.

    Podcast Addict
    2 months ago

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