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. 

Broken Pledge Gannett

    • Society & Culture

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

bongo dogbert ,

Interesting story - what has changed since days of old?

Yet another ‘true crime whodunnit’ Serial clone, all the way down to the I’m about to fall asleep dispassionate narration! It’s a trope!

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.

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