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The Improvement Association
For at least a decade, allegations of cheating have swirled around elections in rural Bladen County, N.C. Some people in town point fingers at a Black advocacy group, the Bladen County Improvement Association, accusing it of bullying voters, tampering with ballots and stealing votes outright. These accusations have never been substantiated, but they persist. Reporter Zoe Chace went to Bladen County to investigate what’s really going on. From the makers of Serial and The New York Times, a five-part series about allegations of election fraud — and the powerful forces that fuel them.
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4.4 stars from 1,228 ratings
I was captivated
Thank you for this podcast. I binged it today. I thought the content was riveting and thorough and balanced. It explains so much about how we have ended up in the current vortex. I wish everyone could learn from it. Well done.
Jimmytjl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/16/21
Well done
Very well done, clear, concise and fair. I live in North Carolina, know this story and still it was interesting. Zoe is exceptional. Another win for Serial.
Suzan4 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/15/21
Very interesting
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Recent Episodes
The Improvement Association PAC’s power in the county is threatened when an unlikely candidate enters the race for county commissioner. Plenty of people outside the PAC now have their own ideas about how to build Black political power here. Zoe examines what this election could mean for the PAC’s...
Published 04/27/21
With the PAC’s reputation suffering because of years of cheating accusations and resentment stirring within its ranks, a prominent member turns against the leadership. Nevertheless, Horace and his closest allies make a bold move by supporting a political upset at the center of the county.
Published 04/22/21
Zoe delves into one of the most serious allegations against the Bladen Improvement PAC: an accusation about stealing votes from vulnerable people that goes back 10 years. In trying to track down the veracity of this particularly persistent rumor, she comes to understand how and why election...
Published 04/20/21
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