By The New York Times
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In the war on terror, who is it that we’re really fighting? “Caliphate” follows Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for The New York Times, on her quest to understand ISIS. For more information about the series, visit nytimes.com/caliphate. This series includes disturbing language and scenes of graphic violence. Producer: Andy Mills; Reporters: Rukmini Callimachi and Andy Mills; Managing Producer: Larissa Anderson; Editors: Wendy Dorr and Larissa Anderson; Associate Producer: Asthaa Chaturvedi; Technical Director: Brad Fisher; Executive Producer, NYT Audio: Lisa Tobin; Editorial Director, NYT Audio: Samantha Henig; Assistant Managing Editor, NYT: Sam Dolnick; Music: William Brittelle, Andy Mills, Nate Henricks, Cliff Martinez, Brad Fisher, Taku Sugimoto and David Wingo
||ExplicitChapter Ten: One Year Later||What does the future hold for the ISIS returnee who confessed to murder? And what does he believe now?||21 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Nine: Prisoners, Part One||Slavery was enmeshed in the theology of ISIS. Rukmini speaks to an ISIS detainee who challenges her to find the girl he enslaved. She does.||14 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Nine: Prisoners, Part Two||After three years in ISIS captivity, a young Yazidi girl returns to her family. Rukmini is there to witness it.||14 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Eight: The Briefcase||We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official.||7 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Seven: Mosul||What did ISIS leave behind as their hold on Mosul crumbled?||31 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Six: Paper Trail||“Something was off.” Rukmini’s doubt fuels a quest to uncover the truth.||24 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Five: The Heart||The recruit carried out the killing. Then he questioned everything.||17 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Four: Us vs. Them||A new recruit proves his worth and gets invited to a secret meeting.||10 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Three: The Arrival||ISIS turns fantasy into reality for a new recruit.||3 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter Two: Recruitment||Who is it that ISIS appeals to, and how? Rukmini speaks with a former ISIS member about how and why he joined the fold.||26 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChapter One: The Reporter||Rukmini describes the reality of being on the terrorism beat and why she brings trash bags with her to the frontlines of the war against ISIS.||18 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPrologue: The Mission||The war on terror has cost the U.S. billions and has been fought for nearly 20 years. Rukmini Callimachi, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, asks, “Who are we really fighting?”||18 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I took the time to listen to 10 episodes. A waste of time. Everything covered is already well documented and investigated, I learnt nothing new. Just a lot of talk about nothing. Apart from an interview with a lying jihadist wannabe and a poor rape victim having to speak and confronted her IS captor on the phone, (poor girl) there is no real content.
While I appreciate that covering IS is not easy, there is zero substance to this investigation
Great start then got boring
The first few episodes were fantastic and riveting, but after there was some doubt about the Canadian, the story switched and got boring. It was disappointing...it felt like a bait and switch.
As a student, I feel as though there is a very rigid approach to talking about terrorism.
The topic itself, unfortunately, is actually so full and in order to objectively approach it I have craved something to balance my studies.
This podcast does that for me. It shows a side to this topic that people should hear, in fact, they need to hear it, because the fear spread by terrorism is only the surface. The iceberg is bigger below the water.