News and media have become a modern-day war zone over the past few years. As media outlets compete for our clicks daily, it’s hard to know if we are ever getting the right story. What we tend to forget is that real journalists put their life on the line every day to bring us groundbreaking stories. We forget that there are people out there obsessed with searching for the truth, and the why behind things.
The Order of Death chronicles the tragic homicide of Denver talk show host Alan Berg, a crime that took place in his own driveway in June of 1984. A “shock-jock” at heart, Berg’s show was wildly entertaining because of his abrasive and energetic approach. But unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending. The bright side of the Order of Death is that it does Berg’s story justice. This podcast is flush with first-hand accounts, audio snippets of Berg’s show, and a solid level of reporting and investigation from the hosts.
Unique to The Order of Death is its combination of podcast talent. Hosts Josh Mattison and Shannon Geis, are outstanding professionals. Josh is an award-winning podcast producer, engineer, and host. Shannon has quite the resume herself, with her background in Documentary Storytelling. The mix of their talents in undeniable as they set the stage for Alan Berg’s death.
Listeners will be drawn in by the high-level reporting and audio interviews with Denver locals and those who knew Berg himself, including his ex-wife. It’s important to understand that Berg was a man who in his search for the truth, wound up upsetting some extremist groups, one of which targeted him. A white supremacist movement named The Silent Brotherhood, or The Order, set of a massive domestic crime spree, which took the life of Berg. Keep in mind, this was no senseless act. Berg called out this anti-Semitic group for their beliefs.
The Order of Death is perfectly split up into a 4 part series that not only will keep you hanging on every word, but pay homage to a man who stood up for his beliefs and what was right in the world. Fans of true crime, investigative, and biographical podcasts will thoroughly enjoy the historical context Berg’s story is told in. Simply put, Josh and Shannon serve up an A+ podcast that deserves every listener’s attention.