Bergdahl Podcast: 'Serial' Digs Into The Idaho Soldier's Past

Feb 19, 2016

In the latest episodes of "Serial," the popular "This American Life" podcast, producer Sarah Koenig explores Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's history and mental health.

In a two-part episode released Thursday and Friday, Koenig examines a question she said she expects will play a fundamental role in Bergdahl's court-martial: "Did the Army screw up by accepting Bowe, by deploying him to Afghanistan?"

She did that by first looking back at his history growing up in Hailey. The soldier, who walked off his Army base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was subsequently captured and held prisoner for five years by the Taliban, said he grew up isolated: home-schooled and frustrated with this family.

"I grew up following cats," Bergdahl told filmmaker Mark Boal. "There was usually like six cats, and we had dogs and horses and guns. And we had chickens. You know, so I grew up wandering around the wilderness with guns: BB guns, air guns, .22s, shotguns. And just: That was it. I just wandered around."

Read the rest of this story from the Idaho Statesman.