9 episodes

Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims. 

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 81 Ratings

Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims. 

    Broken Pledge behind the notebook: Explaining our deep dive into hazing

    Broken Pledge behind the notebook: Explaining our deep dive into hazing

    Explaining our deep dive into hazing

    • 30 min
    Ohio Governor Wants Tougher Penalty For Hazing

    Ohio Governor Wants Tougher Penalty For Hazing

    Ohio Governor Wants Tougher Penalty For Hazing

    • 8 min
    Chapter 1: Brotherhood

    Chapter 1: Brotherhood

    Brotherhood

    • 20 min
    Chapter 2: The Pledge

    Chapter 2: The Pledge

    The Pledge

    • 23 min
    Chapter 3: The Downward Spiral

    Chapter 3: The Downward Spiral

    The Downward Spiral

    • 17 min
    Chapter 4: Regret

    Chapter 4: Regret

    Regret

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

jh6277 ,

Important story, terrible podcast

It pains me to give this a low rating because I think this story about the Greek system is important, and there is a real family out there that has suffered a terrible loss. From the bored-sounding flat narration to the strangely sensationalist music effects, this is a really awful production and doesn’t do justice to the investigative journalism and real-life tragedy it seeks to portray.

Tb dub ,

Good reporting

Important and timely story. Appropriately narrated, respectful reporting a terrible tragedy for a family. Hope there is another chapter with the charges being filed today.

JDJDOSU ,

A necessary warning about hazing. Well done

As the parent of teenagers I found this podcast illuminating regarding the dangers of hazing. The way that the fraternity tried to circle the wagons and distance itself from Collin, not to mention disparage him after he died should outrage us all. I would encourage parents and teens alike to listen.

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