Episode 10

Thorny Politics In what ways do the complexities of national and international politics influence you to be sympathetic (or not) to Bergdahl’s case?  Choose one political game highlighted in this episode and discuss it in order to illustrate your response. The longer the episode played, the more apparent the national debate regarding the plan of …

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Episode 9

Trade Secrets How does the notion of sovereignty function to make Bergdahl’s recovery especially difficult? Be as specific as possible in your response. There were behind the door negotiations to compel the Taliban to release Bergdahl, but many officials including the diplomat Richard Holbrooke and others disagreed on the approaches needed to free him from …

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Episodes 7&8

Hindsight Part 1 and 2 From what you learned from these two episodes, was Bergdahl fit for service in the US Army? Why or why not? Before Bergdahl signed with the army, he was struggling with self-identity and psychiatric disorders. Based on the incident in the Coast Guard boot camp as well as his tendencies …

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Episode 6

 5 O’Clock Shadow Describe in detail the kinds of sources that have been used in Serial by the correspondents.  Which are primary sources?  Which are secondary sources?  What about the approach of the reporters to the story make the various aspects more compelling? What have you learned about research from Serial? A substantial portion of …

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Episode 2

The Golden Chicken What is Wikileaks? Based on the definition provided on the web page, Wikileaks is a media organization and associated library that collects, analyzes, and distributes sensitive but censored information regarding topics such as war, spying, and corruption (“What is Wikileaks,” 2015). It utilizes huge databases and the partnerships it has with a …

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