Speaking of Serial

This is a podcast about a podcast. Listen along with us as reporters from Boise State Public Radio and the Idaho Statesman sit down to talk about Serial, the wildly popular This American Life podcast, which is focusing its second season on a story many of you in Idaho are already familiar with: the story of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Bergdahl (a native of Hailey, Idaho) walked away from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured, marking five birthdays in captivity before his release. Now, He faces a full military court-martial.

We're excited to bring you a debrief every other Wednesday, after each Serial installment. In our episodes we discuss Bergdahl's case, Serial's reporting and what happens when an Idahoan becomes the center of international news.

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Nov 3, 2017

Soldiers hurt in the search for a missing comrade. A soldier with a mental disorder who previously washed out of the Coast Guard. Years of torture at the hands of a group associated with the Taliban.

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The federal government dropped its efforts to seize hours of unaired interviews an Oscar-winning screenwriter recorded with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Mark Boal had sued the government to block a military prosecutor who threatened to subpoena 25 hours of interviews for possible use at Bergdahl's court-martial for abandoning his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Idaho National Guard

A military officer testified Monday that he saw another soldier shot in the head during the 2009 search for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's accused of endangering his comrades when he walked off his post in Afghanistan.

The testimony came at a pretrial hearing at which an Army judge also agreed to delay Bergdahl's trial by several months until May 15, 2017.

Prosecutors are arguing that the judge should allow evidence of two wounded soldiers' injuries into the case to help them show that Bergdahl's disappearance effectively put other military members in harm's way.

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U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is back in court Monday as his lawyers work to get his case dismissed. The Hailey native has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy during his deployment to Afghanistan. 

Bergdahl’s lawyers say his case was improperly influenced by Arizona Sen. John McCain last year when he said that if the military doesn’t punish the Army sergeant, he would hold a Senate hearing on the case.

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An Oscar-winning filmmaker has asked a judge to prevent the military from forcing him to turn over interviews with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Attorneys for screenwriter Mark Boal filed a complaint Wednesday in a California federal court seeking to block an upcoming subpoena from North Carolina-based military prosecutors.

The complaint says the prosecutors intend to ask for unedited audio recordings of Boal's interviews with Bergdahl.

Dept. of Defense

A military judge is delaying the start of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's military trial until February.

Col. Jeffrey Nance said during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina that delaying the court-martial from August should allow enough time to sort through access to classified documents by Bergdahl's defense team.

Nance also ordered military prosecutors to set up online access to court documents for news organizations covering the case of the soldier charged with desertion for leaving his combat outpost in Afghanistan and falling into Taliban hands.

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Well before Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan, he washed out of the Coast Guard during boot camp when he suffered a panic attack.

Two years later, though, he joined the Army, obtaining a waiver from rules that bar the enlistment of those with psychological problems.

The details about his mental health — including the Army's later diagnosis of Bergdahl as suffering from "schizotypal personality disorder" — are contained in newly released documents that offer a glimpse of the legal strategy his lawyers may use in the desertion case against him.

Idaho National Guard

The latest episode of the popular podcast, "Serial," delves into the complicated diplomatic steps it took to get Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back to the U.S. after he was captured by the Taliban in 2009.

Bergdahl, of Hailey, was captured after he walked off his base in 2009, and wasn't released until 2014. The strategies the Obama administration used to get Bergdahl home, including trading five Taliban prisoners for the Idaho soldier, were controversial.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/military/bowe-bergdahl/article63800217.html#storylink=cpy

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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?"

Dept. of Defense

The latest episode of Serial, the This American Life podcast covering Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in its second season, explored the reasons the Idaho soldier said he walked off base in 2009.

Bergdahl told filmmaker Mark Boal that he wrote upwards of 380 pages for a report for Maj. Kenneth Dahl, who investigated the case, about his motivations for leaving his base in Afghanistan. 

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