Reviews
For those that have always known OF the enemy but never known ABOUT it, this is a great podcast to help you delineate radical jihad without forcing empathy or tolerance. Rukmini Callimachi gives an impervious profile on ISIS that as been missing in most Western propaganda-filled dialogue in the...Read full review »
elliecreasey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/14/19
Awsome job! This is an amazingly detailed and thorough podcast and it keeps you interested throughout the whole thing. Loved all the chapters, keep up the good work!
Cecilia Celvin via Apple Podcasts · Finland · 06/14/19
Definitely found the podcast to be interesting and a good listen. Thanks.
Ggffhjjngfff via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/11/19
Really good series and really well produced. I was given a real deep insight in a frightning world which now seems more frightning....not of the terror threat but what people can get away with, hurting, killing and kidnapping people - and still is a canadian isis fighter walking around in...Read full review »
The Copenhagener via Apple Podcasts · Denmark · 06/10/19
A well-researched and interesting podcast. Can I say it was a joy to listen to? Because despite the dark waters, it was a joy to listen to. I've been reccing this left and right to my friends.
shipperslist via Apple Podcasts · Finland · 06/07/19
This turned out to be chilling in the end. I was also very impressed with the quality of journalism. She never took anyone at their word and instead hunted down confirmation and corroboration of each interviewee.
JH383 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/07/19
Definitely a good recommendation to listen
GLDowling via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/05/19
This is courageous and in-depth journalism at its finest. I devoured this podcast in two days and feel it may prove challenging to find one of equal substance.
Jitterbug510 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/04/19
The type of journalistic integrity we need more of!
Kittybo57 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/04/19
I learned so much about the group via journalism that goes to the ends of the earth to bring us insight and knowledge. Highly recommend.
Raj_in_charge via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 06/03/19
This is an absolutely amazing podcast. I can't believe the ways people try to recruit ISIS members.
Bookshelves91 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/02/19
This is everything a podcast should be. Thoughtful, well-researched, offering unique insights and top quality production.
s-k-w via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/30/19
It probably is! A must listen podcast and kudos to the reporters.
nayan_ss via Apple Podcasts · India · 05/29/19
I really enjoyed listening to this podcast. I learned so much and enjoyed hearing such a thoughtful perspective. I hope we can expect to hear more/some updates in the future!
emueller23 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/19
I had to MAKE myself stop listening since there were only 12 episodes. I limited myself to an episode a day and it was a highlight of the day every time. The show and the reporting was extremely interesting and thorough and sincere and it gave such an honest glimpse into an organization that has...Read full review »
joel of the south via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/22/19
Excellent podcast! I was addicted by the first episode.
JaquelineWhite via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/21/19
I listen 2 podcast all the time at work, I could not stop listening, the reporter 4 the times, I 4 get her name, but wow, she had me so mesmerized, Mabey the best I have ever heard!!!
nerckle via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/18/19
Fascinating, well produced, perfection
ddddddnnnnndndn via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/17/19
Really well done investigation
Somebody 1343378$:) via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/16/19
The New York Times folks.....
Aw2real via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/14/19
This is a substantial piece of journalism. So glad I dedicated the time to listen. In the world of 24 hour news sound bites, we need more pieces like this.
Bruz713 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/14/19
This podcast is quite simply incredible.
Dee477843277 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/10/19
I’ve recently discovered podcasts and they really are a “throwback” to what used to be known as oral history. Oral history is riveting and let’s be frank, it’s how most of history is written and translated down through generations. This podcast is the penultimate demonstration of the...Read full review »
Ezwriter622 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/19
This is honestly one of the hardest and subsequently easiest podcasts I’ve ever listened to. I found myself constantly rewinding to listen again to specific parts in order to make sure I was interpreting it correctly. Such a fascinating descent into the abyss of ideology and humanity that is...Read full review »
Turner Bitton via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/19
Incredible journalism about a very complex topic!
JZha123 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/19
Best podcast I have ever listened to.
ren calla via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/01/19
More than I wanted to know, but burying one’s head in the sand is not an option.
dirty rats via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/01/19
This podcast was very enlightening, it opened my eyes to both views and how the west needs to have an understanding of what ISIS is doing to people in order to prevent tragic occurrences.
123&& via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/01/19
I saw this podcast on a list of best podcasts and subscribed but it took me a while to start it. When I did, I started my binge. It is such a well done podcast. Amazing access to people and very good background research. I would definitely recommended third podcast.
Cooperlm via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/30/19
I enjoyed it so much I have listen to it 3 times now. I’m struggling to find anything as good as this.
George bevan via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/30/19
I listened a while after it was first released, and I must say, it’s not an easy listen, but I have never recommended a podcast more highly. Most commendable are Rukmini Callimachi’s ability to dig deeply and use all of her considerable NYT resources to paint a very poignant, shocking and...Read full review »
MeltedMel71 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/24/19
This is such an informative podcast. One of my favorites. Please upload a season 2!!!!
Sh101993 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/24/19
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
This is one of the best podcast series I have ever heard , the first time that I have ever binged though a podcast series
Rejomaximus via Apple Podcasts · United Arab Emirates · 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
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