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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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This week’s episode of Serial opened with the captivity of David Rohde — a journalist who was kidnapped in 2008 and held by the Haqqani network for seven months in North Waziristan.

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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’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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