Reviews
I started this podcast last year before I purchased my NYT subscription. I wasn’t able to finish it last year and had forgotten about it until today. This is so engaging and interesting. The content is obviously well researched but is personable and accessible. I loved hearing about an Iraqi...Read full review »
TiffanyBrookshire2011 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/10/19
Rukmini Callimachi narrates this beautifully woven journalistic story. Amazing insight and deep dive into intimate vignettes of life inside/amongst the IS caliphate. Highly recommend to everyone and anyone!
lizpey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/09/19
Stumbled across this podcast after Adam Buxton said how good it was, also after listening to the American Serial podcasts too. This is superb, exceptional and fascinating if you enjoy investigative journalism. 10/10 in my opinion.
RayOsunshine13 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/08/19
Great reporting, very well done podcast on a truly interesting topic! One of the best podcasts ever heard!
Aga0310 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/07/19
I learned so much and was not overwhelmed with a subject that is so foreign to me. The twists and turns, the humanity, the heartbreak, the different perspective were all represented so well. I’d recommend listening in one or two sittings if possible to really get into the story.
queenclare48 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/07/19
The whole team needs a standing ovation and a big bonus. Great reporting, very interesting information provided but scared for the state of this world.
Ohlalab via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/05/19
Incredible reporting and very informative. I so appreciate being able to see and learn about a topic that I knew little about.
kdw8 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/05/19
Really enjoyed it! I found it to be fair and balanced. The limitations of the Canadian Justice system frighten me however.
arashgoflames via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/04/19
Best podcast ever. It helped me a lot to understand ISIS and what they want to achieve, why they commit those ruthless atrocities. My first language is not English but Rukmini made it very easy to understand even for people with weak English.
Khalid Kokhar via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/04/19
Left me slack jawed and speechless. Not only did I learn about Isis and the incredible difficulties of reporting on them, but the central narrative around Abu Huzaifa was fascinating. Is he a monster, an idealist, a kid in over his head? What kind of people join Isis? And can we trust them when...Read full review »
Fool'sGoldfinch via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/03/19
I can call them diary keepers but not journalists, the podcasters are bringing way too much of their personal feelings and personal judgement to the show.
philbo1311 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/02/19
Loved this podcast and the way it was done. It was intriguing and told in a very human way. Great job!
wooidchips Mom via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/30/19
To figure out what and who we are dealing with, it has to do with history and Biblical! Before I move forward let me ask you this what is this Muslim religion? Then you have to ask the question who their god is, where did there god come from? Then Look toward the Catholic religion! Because of...Read full review »
jw american via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/30/19
This is perfect, I would love recommendations or production of more information streams with this realistic stance on the Middle East. Nothing but respect for a female reporter taking on this beat.
Lauren Chrisee Bee via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/27/19
One of the best podcast I have ever heard. Such a skillfull reporter with so much knowledge.
ing*- via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 03/27/19
This is one of the best podcast I’ve listened to- the reporting is fantastic and the production quality of the podcast is fantastic! Please do more like this New York Times!
Skitowngirl via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/26/19
It’s not the best produced podcast but it’s not bad. What makes this podcast great is the stories. Rukmini knows the right questions to ask and seems fearless. These are amazing, heart-wrenching stories and they opened my eyes to so much regarding ISIS and a part of the world that we rarely get...Read full review »
cubchad via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/25/19
Just do it! One of the most intense listening experiences I’ve ever had. Flawless editing, flawless narrative build-up and straight up perfect execution. I’d give it a 5-star score but I don’t want to devalue it. But it’s pretty damn close.
Jvidner via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 03/25/19
Thank you for your empathetic and insightful journalism, Rukmini & Andy. The world would look very different if people approached issues or media coverage in the same thoughtful, respectful but not shying away from the tough questions-way.
soph_brov via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 03/23/19
I learned a lot from this podcast but constantly wished someone who knew what he or she was doing had edited it. Too much fluff that didn’t progress the story line, too much of the reporter talking over the background speakers, and needlessly long music interludes.
Ralindon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/20/19
This is a podcast I didn’t want to end… I just want more more more! It’s hard to find a podcast that will beat this one or can keep my interest the way this one did.
Mindy in Phoenix via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/19/19
This podcast was both entertaining and very informative.
Chris-132 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/19
I was aware that I didn’t know much about ISIS, and was planning to change that but never got myself to do that. When I found out about this podcast, I decided to give it a try. I loved it! I found it really interesting, and I learned a lot. It is easily comprehensible even to someone without...Read full review »
Lavalavi via Apple Podcasts · Italy · 03/13/19
This podcast is a gorgeous example of journalism. Rukmini Kalamaki, thank you for your work.
karajobmann via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/13/19
Enjoyed every second of this podcast. Would love to hear more content like this.
MelOch98 via Apple Podcasts · Mexico · 03/12/19
This podcast blew me away. So interesting. So relevant. Wonderful job.
git2m via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/11/19
100% great listen, totally addictive story.
TonyJ0101 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/11/19
I felt like this is a podcast of two halves. At first when the second half (as it is in my mind) started I was concerned the podcast had lost its way slight. However that was because I misunderstood, this podcast isn’t about the ‘source’ it’s about ISIS, he just gives an insight in to a...Read full review »
CeriBeriBoo via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/11/19
Continuous mystery surrounding dates and a non-credible source. Somehow this is supposed to shed light or discredit a whole population? It is like focusing on a yankee rebel while GW was plotting and planning against British. Needs to improve. And once again more importance is given to presenter...Read full review »
canadianFootrest via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/19
This podcast is just outstanding! It’s the best podcast I’ve listened to so far. The storyline is super catching! I really appreciate getting all this in-depth knowledge about ISIS in such an informative way. Also, the production itself is of very high quality. I loved every single episode!
Franzi.H.HH via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 03/05/19
Really nice job. Thank you. I learned a lot.
Danermal via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/05/19
This podcast was both entertaining and very informative.
Chris-132 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/19
Heard an early release episode (I think) and was instantly caught up in every aspect of the show. Caliphate, is highly entertaining and educational (a rarified combination). My best guess is that the show is aimed at audience ages 11 and up.
Amy from San Mateo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/19
OMG this podcast series has been mesmerising, I couldn't put my headset down. Rukmini is a master, I am new to podcasts and picked this randomly. It was balanced, considerate and sensitive. This is as good as it get's surely.
Yve-May via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/04/19
Horrifying and compelling. Fascinating stories and journalism. The world has failed some of these victims.
Ryan Hoyle via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/03/19
In episode 10 Andy thanks all those who contributed. I never watch credits in films, but I felt compelled to listen to every name on that list. An absolutely brilliant series that I can’t recommend highly enough.
Stargazing pie via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/03/19
The best podcast I’ve ever listened to. It is truly unmissable.
Tigs678956 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/03/19
This is essential listening for everyone who justifies why jihadists should be allowed back into western countries. The presenter is probably the most courageous woman I have ever met. She uses an ethnographic approach to her area of study. She is incredibly balanced but she manages to reveal how...Read full review »
Alandc1 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/02/19
Brilliant, compelling journalism. The most balanced view I have heard and it has really made me reconsider the current plight of the Bethnal Green Schoolgirl and whether she should return to the UK to be given the opportunity to be de-radicalised.
Suez62 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/01/19
This was a fascinating podcast. Really well made.
Clayman88 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/01/19
This was informative and intriguing. It provided nuance to an often misunderstood and generalized issue. It was also a superb example of how engrossing audible journalism can still be. I’ll happily retain my subscription to the NYTimes if this is the kind of work they continue to produce.
XanderZiolkowski via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/01/19
What to say that hasn’t already been accurately described by other reviewers? Simply one of the best examples of journalism I have come across, in any medium. In depth stories from a war torn region, reported with remarkable thoroughness and sensitivity to both subject and listener. Bravo.
Kissthebandit via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/28/19
To do a podcast about a subject as emotionally charged as this is not an easy job. The NYT team, however, has done a fantastic job. The reporting, analysis and presentation isn’t just richly researched and nuanced, it is also compassionate. And to insert compassion in a subject as difficult as...Read full review »
AntiTrustAttorney via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/25/19
Spellbinding in its storytelling while deeply disturbing in its implications. As a Muslim, I don’t recognize at all the world ISIS tried to create but I cannot escape how deeply they believed what they practiced. Only by understanding this warped world order can we mitigate the risks of this...Read full review »
lalwal via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/23/19
Incredible, engaging, honest reporting. Very well done.
melissaa1234 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/23/19
I listened to this entire series within 24 hours. From start to finish it was the most interesting podcast I have listened to for a long time. Each individual experience with IS was fascinating (the girls’ stories were heartbreaking). Thank you for putting this together. I look forward to...Read full review »
Crackedpale via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/21/19
A skilful reminder that most boys and now girls go to war not because they are born evil killers but because they want to belong. Gripping!!!
AnnaBerryGood via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/17/19
I binged this remarkable series in one sitting and congratulate the New York Times reporters for their dogged commitment for unearthing the truth through verifiable sources. Top-notch journalism.
Radio buff via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/19
Gutting and difficult at times but incredibly well done. A riveting and relevant series.
Greggus2000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/19
Really nice job. Thank you.
Danermal via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/19
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