12 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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    • 4.8, 12.1K Ratings

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

    Chapter Ten: One Year Later

    Chapter Ten: One Year Later

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

    • 32 min
    Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part One

    Chapter 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.

    • 26 min
    Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part Two

    Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part Two

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

    • 26 min
    Chapter Eight: The Briefcase

    Chapter Eight: The Briefcase

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

    • 34 min
    Chapter Seven: Mosul

    Chapter Seven: Mosul

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

    • 34 min
    Chapter Six: Paper Trail

    Chapter Six: Paper Trail

    “Something was off.” Rukmini’s doubt fuels a quest to uncover the truth.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12.1K Ratings

12.1K Ratings

PhelineCat ,

So satisfying

You know how sometimes you're reminded of something that felt perfect? It could be a meal, a coat you loved, a birthday party given by old friends or a bike trip you planned and it worked out better than you hoped? That's this podcast for me (the others are too). I don't know what it was but it was right on point. Some was how Rukmini worked to collect evidence and figure out what everyday life was like. There was always this edginess I felt; barely supressed concern that she'd be trapped. The editors didn't leave clutter behind so it's a clean listening experience.*

All of that combined is the reason I feel like I'm giving a sigh of satisfaction just by reading the title. I'd like to listen again, start to finish but I'm afraid it won't be perfect on a 2nd listen.

* How many podcasts that are over an hour or even 2 really need to be that long?

Ughshsjsj ,

AMAZING

it’s bold, brave, engaging, important, and what I aspire to as a fellow news podcaster. Definitely listen!!! And really really good work to the team who made it a reality.

Hulunibren ,

Really interesting

Wow! This is a great podcast, well researched. I binged it in a couple days!

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