If you screw up your cashier duties at McDonald’s, chances are your boss won’t smoke you, unless he wants a harassment suit brought against him. In the military world, we live by a different set of rules and laws, one in which we forfeit many of our previously enjoyed rights and freedoms. The U.S. armed forces follow the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a set of legal conventions that was born from the 69 Articles of War in 1775. Although our current rendition of the UCMJ wasn’t signed into law until 1950 by President Harry S. Truman, it sure feels as though some of the punishments contained within its bindings date back to colonial times.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Mentioning his name guarantees a visceral response from people in the military and veteran communities, eliciting a “Fuck Bergdahl” retort or feelings of sympathy for what he endured during five years in captivity. One Army veteran of the Korengal Valley I spoke with recently said he had to stop listening to the Serial podcasts because Bergdahl’s voice caused him to grip the steering wheel so tightly out of anger that he risked driving off the road.

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In this week’s episode of Task & Purpose Radio — “The Stuff Of Conspiracy Theories” —  Lauren Katzenberg, James Weirick, and Nate Bethea review Sarah Koenig’s recent interview on The New Yorker Radio Hour and her refusal to discuss the terms under which Bowe Bergdahl’s agreed to talk with Mark Boal. Does the audience deserve more transparency?

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On Dec. 24, the podcast Serial released the latest episode of its second season, which is focused on the disappearance of Bowe Bergdahl and the implications of his decision to walk off his Afghan outpost in 2009.

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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.

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We’re excited to launch Task & Purpose Radio, a new podcast hosted by our managing editor, Lauren Katzenberg. The podcast will track and follow the story of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the lone prisoner of war from Afghanistan, who was recovered via a prisoner exchange with the Taliban in 2014, five years after walking off his base.

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