‘Serial’: Second Episode Focuses On First Weeks Of Bergdahl’s Capture

Dec 17, 2015

Credit Idaho Statesman

It’s quickly established where “Serial,” the popular podcast focusing its second season on the story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, got the name of its second episode, “The Golden Chicken.”

That’s a name a member of the Taliban used to describe Bergdahl as a prized capture. Mujahid Rahman, whom producer Sarah Koenig identified as one of the Taliban who helped hide Bergdahl in the days following his 2009 capture, claimed they designated Bergdahl a guest to keep lower Taliban members from killing or abusing Bergdahl.

At one point, Rahman said they even attempted to cheer up Bergdahl by demonstrating a ceremonial dance in a grape orchard. Bergdahl denied that ever happened, according to the podcast. (The Statesman was not immediately able to confirm the spelling of Rahman’s name, which Koenig said was a pseudonym; a Reddit poster believes he’s the same man Yousafzai interviewed for a Newsweek story in 2011.)

Bergdahl, of Hailey, walked away from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured, held for five years by a group affiliated with the Taliban before he returned to the U.S. as part of a controversial prisoner swap in May 2014. Now, he faces a full military court-martial, charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

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