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.

You can find Speaking of Serial episodes below, or subscribe on SoundCloud or iTunes to make sure you never miss a new one.

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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.

Serial, the most popular podcast produced to date, began its second season Thursday morning, and as rumored, it’s focusing on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey. Bergdahl was held captive in Afghanistan for five years after leaving his post, then was traded back to the U.S. in a controversial prisoner swap and currently awaits word on whether he’ll be court-martialed.

U.S. Department of Defense

The wildly popular podcast Serial captivated listeners last year, and was downloaded 80 million times. In the first season, the spinoff of the public radio show This American Life followed the story of a man imprisoned for the murder of his high school girlfriend – but who maintains his innocence.

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