“Serial,” the popular podcast produced by the people behind “This American Life,” is focusing this season on Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Hailey soldier held captive for five years after leaving his post in Afghanistan.
In turn, we’re examining Bergdahl’s story and the reporting by “Serial” in more depth. Here’s the second episode of “Speaking of Serial,” a joint effort of the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio:
This week, Frankie Barnhill with Boise State Public Radio, Erin Fenner with the Idaho Statesman and their guests discuss the perspectives and portrayals of Taliban members and U.S. soldiers in last Thursday’s episode of “Serial,” “The Golden Chicken.” Also, Glenn Mosley, a senior instructor with the University of Idaho’s School of Journalism and Mass Media, talks about the ethics of “Serial,” which is relying in part on interviews done by a filmmaker to tell Bergdahl’s tale.
Bergdahl walked away from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009, saying he wanted to draw attention to problems within the military. Captured soon after, he was 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.
Each week on “Speaking of Serial,” reporters with the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio will discuss Bergdahl's case, Serial's reporting and what happens when an Idahoan becomes the center of international news.
“Serial” itself publishes a new episode every Thursday. You’ll find the latest one here.