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If we are to believe the current suite of Washington rumors (and the attendant journalism), the presumptive nominees of both the Democratic and Republican parties have general officers on their sides. Recent Washington Post coverage of Donald Trump’s vice presidential shortlist mentioned retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the former Defense Intelligence Agency director and surprise guest star on This American Life’s “Serial” podcast. Similarly, in a recent New York Times Magazine feature, readers learned of numerous retired Army generals serving in an advisory capacity to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: names like Gen. David Petraeus, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and Adm. James Stavridis.
The face of the man who wanted to kill me wasn’t immediately visible — the photo of him required close examination. My company commander took the picture while deployed to Iraq in 2005. On a noontime reconnaissance mission, he’d captured a million-dollar snapshot: a man in a ghillie suit emplacing an IED at midday. Except my commander didn’t notice; he only realized it when he returned to his outpost and reviewed the images. Under camouflage netting, in 100-degree-plus heat, a man lay perfectly still, as if staring down the camera — singularly focused. My commander’s unit never caught the man in the ghillie suit. I’ve never forgotten the image.
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?
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.
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.