Serial E.11 – Present for Duty

Episode 11: Present for Duty I haven’t really changed my position on the case against Bergdahl.  My stance is now more informed, but I still believe that Bergdahl is receiving incredibly harsh backlash.  I get that people were and are angry, I get that what he decided to do did have very real, and awful …

Serial E.10 – Thorny Politics

Episode 10: Thorny Politics After all these podcasts I still feel sympathetic to Bergdahl’s case.  I don’t think any of what I heard makes me forget that he was in captivity for so long.  I don’t know how anyone could in good conscience could ask that more punishment be meted out to him.  The whole …

Serial E.9 – Trade Secrets

Episode 9: Trade Secrets The notion of sovereignty in Bergdahl’s case has played a big role.  From earlier podcasts, starting with Bergdahl’s capture, sovereignty and the difficulties it causes were made apparent.  In dealing with searching for Bergdahl immediately after his capture, while the United States could search Afghanistan, that wasn’t the case in Pakistan …

Serial E.7, E.8 – Hindsight Part 1 and 2

Episodes 7, 8: Hindsight Part 1 and 2 I think maybe a better way to state Bergdahl’s fitness isn’t whether he was fit for service in the army, but rather if the army was fit for him.  I believe what he said about his idealized versions of the army, of soldiering and being personally involved …

Serial E.6 – 5 O’ Clock Shadow

Episode 06: 5 O’ Clock Shadow The majority of the sources have been primary.  There are a lot of interviews done by Sarah with people involved in what happened: first-person accounts of events.  Even the Bergdahl clips, though not an interview done by Sarah, is still a first-person audio source that is provided.  There are …