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In April 2008, Matt Zeller found himself in the middle of a Taliban ambush in eastern Afghanistan, when his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari, saved his life. The translator shot and killed two insurgents sneaking up on Zeller before they could kill him.  

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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To Star Wars fans, both male and female, Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of Princess Leia was iconic, both in 1977, when she first appeared in “Star Wars,” and today. Leia was beautiful, sharp-witted, courageous, and strong, during a period when women were rarely depicted as more than just damsels in distress.

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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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Since the launch of Task & Purpose Radio, I’ve received a lot of feedback commenting on my apparent dislike for Serial and Sarah Koenig. It’s true, I’ve been very critical of the podcast’s coverage of the Bowe Bergdahl case in season two, but when I created Task & Purpose Radio, the goal was to enhance the narrative Serial is telling, not tear it down — I know this is not an easy story to tell.

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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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