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.