13 episodes

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

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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

    An Examination of 'Caliphate'

    An Examination of 'Caliphate'

    Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, discusses where “Caliphate” failed to meet Times standards. And Mark Mazzetti, an investigative correspondent for The Times, details new reporting that casts significant doubt on the claims of a central figure in the series.

    Editors' Note: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement.

    • 30 min
    Chapter Ten: One Year Later

    Chapter Ten: One Year Later

    Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement.

    What does the future hold for the ISIS returnee who confessed to murder? And what does he believe now?

    • 33 min
    Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part One

    Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part One

    Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement.

    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.

    • 28 min
    Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part Two

    Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part Two

    Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement.

    After three years in ISIS captivity, a young Yazidi girl returns to her family. Rukmini is there to witness it.

    • 28 min
    Chapter Eight: The Briefcase

    Chapter Eight: The Briefcase

    Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement.

    We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official.

    • 35 min
    Chapter Seven: Mosul

    Chapter Seven: Mosul

    Editors' Note [Dec. 18. 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement.

    What did ISIS leave behind as their hold on Mosul crumbled?

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12.6K Ratings

12.6K Ratings

jade erickson ,

Caution from a mental health therapist

Overall, I loved this podcast. I learned of it AFTER the hoax was uncovered. In a lot of ways, I found the fact that the main interviewee lied speaks to an interesting aspect of his psychopathology.

The only thing that I absolutely cringed about was when the interviewer had the victim speak over the phone to her captor. That was incredibly dangerous and possibly traumatic. I could not believe that risk being taken for the sake of a good story. In the end, the interviewer claims the victim found the experience empowering. That can be the case, absolutely. But typically there needs to be periods of support and stability before that can be helpful. I wonder if the victim was conflicted due to unconscious coercion from the interviewer. Either way, that could have been incredibly harmful. A story should never trump the well being of this victim.

Hawkeye252 ,

Typical NTY "Journalism"

Yes, once again a propogation of deceit and lies coming from the New York Times. This is not surprising in the least and why they have such little credibility from so many. Good riddance.

twilson50 ,

NYT faker than usual

The whole story turned out to be based on lies. This podcast is mostly fiction.. like much of the NYT’s fake journalism.

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