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What a Hell of a Way to Die

Jul 4, 2019

10 years ago, an American soldier walked off an outpost in southeastern Afghanistan. It didn’t make the news in the US to a great degree, but 5 years after that, it precipitated a right-wing freakout and an entire season of the podcast Serial. In this episode, Nate speaks with Jon Thurman, a veteran of 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, who was there on the search for Bergdahl. They of course know each other because Nate was there, too. 

They cover their memories of the search itself, the media freak-out in 2014, moving on from the trauma of combat, and why a lot of people are really, really angry about it.

Jon isn’t on Twitter or FB, but you can follow him on Instagram here:

This week’s Patreon bonus features Francis discussing anarcho-communist agriculture with Navy veteran and sheep farmer Andrea Chandler (@neolithicsheep). You can get it on Patreon here:

You may have noticed that the first issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier.

We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans:

We have a new t-shirt out this week — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here:

You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang