Here’s Episode 2 Of Task & Purpose’s Podcast On Bergdahl

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We just released episode two of Task & Purpose Radio, a new podcast hosted by managing editor Lauren Katzenberg with Marine veteran James Weirick and Army veteran Nate Bethea. Each week, they discuss the Bowe Bergdahl case and how the story is being told through the second season of the podcast Serial.


This week, Weirick offers his take on what to expect from the court-martial. Nate talks about his experience during the initial days of Bergdahl’s disappearance while in Afghanistan. And Lauren shares some apprehensions about Serial’s understanding of military culture.

Download episode two, “A Question of Accounts,” on iTunes. Make sure you subscribe so you never miss an episode and leave us a review.

Listen to the podcast on Soundcloud below. You can also access it on iTunes here.

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At the time, his son Anthony was 3 years old and he had a newborn daughter, Audrey.

"I hung up on them a couple of times before I Googled them and then I called them back crying," Mendez said as she stood in the kitchen of her new home Tuesday in Horizon City. Her children, now 11 and 9, stood next to her, smiling.

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