8 episodes

American Jihadi is the incredible story of a complicated relationship between journalist Christof Putzel and Omar Hammami, the American-born Christian who became one of the FBI’s most wanted Islamic extremists. Follow the evolution of their risky relationship, dodging government surveillance to confide in one other—until it all came to an abrupt end. American Jihadi is hosted and Executive Produced by Christof Putzel in partnership with Endeavor Audio. Executive Produced by Adam Levine, Josh Gummersall, and Adam Harrison at 222 Productions. To see how we use your data, visit https://www.endeavoraudio.com/privacy-policy.

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American Jihadi is the incredible story of a complicated relationship between journalist Christof Putzel and Omar Hammami, the American-born Christian who became one of the FBI’s most wanted Islamic extremists. Follow the evolution of their risky relationship, dodging government surveillance to confide in one other—until it all came to an abrupt end. American Jihadi is hosted and Executive Produced by Christof Putzel in partnership with Endeavor Audio. Executive Produced by Adam Levine, Josh Gummersall, and Adam Harrison at 222 Productions. To see how we use your data, visit https://www.endeavoraudio.com/privacy-policy.

    The Chase

    The Chase

    As Godane consolidates his power in Al-Shabaab, Omar flees to the forest.

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    • 22 min
    Abu M American

    Abu M American

    As Christof's access to Omar slips away, the circle of people tracking him expands.

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    • 23 min
    The Ride

    The Ride

    Omar has disappeared, leaving behind a haunting audio recording.

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    • 29 min
    The Test

    The Test

    Secrets about Omar come to light. And his conflict with Al-Shabaab takes a turn for the worse.

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    • 25 min
    Origin Story

    Origin Story

    Christof searches for answers in Alabama to uncover Omar's path to Al-Shabaab.

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    • 34 min
    The Exclusive

    The Exclusive

    Christof learns more about Omar's life in Al-Shabaab and has to decide how far he will go to get the story.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

Maria Isabel Rivero ,

Good podcast, infuriating terrorist

It’s a good podcast. It helped me see that an American jihadist can be completely empty of anything interesting to say. I imagined I was going to learn why someone born in the US would end up as an Islamic terrorist. I did not learn anything. He idealized and romanticized terrorism, but there wasn’t anything truly interesting, or an aha moment when something made sense. And that’s because this American jihadist was an uninteresting person. I can understand why even the journalist gets tired of his relationship with him. He never gave him any interesting news/stories. I felt sorry for his mother and his sister. I hope his father realized he had some responsibility over his son’s radicalization. His father prohibited the mother from bringing their children to church, setting a fundamentalist and exclusionary approach to religion, instead of being tolerant and letting the children experience both religions and deciding by themselves. That kind of religious authoritarianism ended up radicalizing this guy. Although of course the main responsible for his destiny was only himself. There is absolutely nothing in the podcast to sparkle any empathy for him. But it’s a story worth telling and listening to.

Colorado litigator ,

A singular podcast in a golden era of podcasts

A riveting story deftly told by a master storyteller. I’d previously watched and admired some of Putzel’s documentaries on Vice and Amazon but he is at his journalist best in the podcast medium. Our family has listened to each episode as it’s come out, and the first thing our teens ask when we load up for a ride is whether the next American Jihadi episode is out. The overlapping stories of Omar’s descent down the Al-Shabaab wormhole and Putzel’s efforts to report the story, and their resulting connection, gives the story an immediacy and intimacy you would never get from the headlines at the time. Also a deep sympathy for Omar’s personal journey. Well worth the listen.

fos03 ,

Interesting

Interesting story, well put together and reported. It seems a lot are blaming the podcast for the actions of the man they are reporting on. Christoff has a voice that is easy to listen to, he kept me engaged and wanting more.

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