Reviews
Informative, emotional and entertaining. A perfectly balanced podcast tackling a very difficult and relevant topic.
SJPP96 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/24/21
Tugged on all my emotions. Just brilliant.
grifters wife via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/24/21
And perfectly delivered. It sent me to the Frontline episode and high was kind of a Spoiler but gave me a different perspective.
PW from GR via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/21/21
I was so riveted by this story I couldn't stop listening. Every 5 minute break I had at work, I'd put it on. Highly recommend!!Read full review »
Ashleec1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/17/21
Don’t miss this one! I couldn’t stop listening to it. Very well done..
tgaugler via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/17/21
Truly gripped by this thorough, balanced and fascinating insight!
vivi w 1 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 11/16/21
I binged on this over 2 days. Great writing, well put together. Had me hooked. I wish all goodness & opportunity & healing for the children.
AmySue*** via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 11/13/21
This is one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to! Didn’t want it to end !
dawsab via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/11/21
I listen to a ton of podcasts - have devoured all the great serialized shows - and I have to say this is one of the best. Highly engaging and fascinating story. But more importantly the QUALITY of investigative journalism here is top notch. They go to incredible lengths to corroborate stories....Read full review »
Gobygsorgohome via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 11/09/21
I thoroughly enjoyed this pod cast. Started it on a morning walk and finished it in a day! The journalism is incredible. Thank you Josh and co for some excellent listening :-)
Student biology via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/20/21
This is just a brilliant podcast. Josh Baker tells an incredible story with delicacy and empathy. It puts a human face on the nightmarish reality of the ISIS caliphate. It seems barely believable that these things have been going in a short plane ride away while we all go about our daily lives....Read full review »
gliddofglood via Apple Podcasts · Switzerland · 10/17/21
This was a wonderful podcasts. Keep doing the good work!!!!👍
dianedoda via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/13/21
I listen to a lot of podcasts & this is one of the best! Highly recommend
Irish Girl 51% via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/09/21
It is journalism that you can be proud of
Sonrisa_Kate via Apple Podcasts · Russia · 10/03/21
This is a superb podcast. Most impressive tho is Josh. He is very dedicated to the truth but with the utmost respect to all involved. When I think of journalists, I think of their ridiculous questions such as 'how does that make you feel' when talking to the mother who's child was...Read full review »
LAtally16 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/01/21
Such an interesting and crazy story. Kept me thoroughly entertained and well produced. I’m happy the kids are home safe. ISIS is truly the worst. I really hope they get wiped out. Nothing but a complete menace to the world and causing havoc in the name of religion? Their logic makes no sense....Read full review »
AngryByrdKate via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/30/21
So engaging and such an unusual story, really worth listening, what an intersection of worlds this podcast covers.
libbyhanna via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 09/24/21
This is a well produced podcast featuring a delusional, pathological, deeply flawed woman. Sam is a deceptive fantasist from start to finish. Her narrative is ridiculous. I hope she never sees her children again. She played fast and loose with her life and the lives of her children. They deserve...Read full review »
ElizaJane17 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/19/21
This podcast is so gripping and gets you hooked straight away. I felt a world wind of emotions whilst listening to this podcast. Very well presented and put together. You won’t regret listening to this.
PIPMMK via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/16/21
Rarely do I find a investigative journalist or podcaster that is able to not insert quite a bit of bias, emotion or opinion into the story. Josh gave a thorough, fact based account of this story. He found the balance of being professional and objective and still maintaining humanity by the...Read full review »
SweetKellyBean via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/15/21
This was a very moving story well told. You brought out the humanity and the complexity of what happened to this family. Thank you.
dilyby56 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/11/21
This is pure investigative journalism at its best! Why aren’t programs like this made #1 before any reality rubbish! I doubt the BBC from time to time but this gives me hope. Well done to all involved!
Ctomo88 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/05/21
I’ve been listening to podcasts before they were popular This one is brilliant
kaydog6969 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 08/30/21
Excellent podcast. So interesting. A lovely voice to listen to as well. Highly recommend.
KimSes** via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/28/21
An incredible listen. So well done with so many insights from different people. Josh shared his findings in a kind and considerate way. Especially when dealing with the children. The story’s of the children were truly heartbreaking but showed the reality of the situation. Well done to all...Read full review »
SH192021 via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 08/26/21
This is the most extraordinary journalism from the BBC and Frontline. A horrific story told in a compelling way, with great sensitivity. Public service journalism at its best
ian Pocock via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/25/21
This story was recommended to me by a producer in Canada. The story of Sam and Mathew is unbelievable and extraordinary. Josh did a wonderful and thorough job telling us his investigative findings and sharing incredible interviews. Well done. Look into Dean Reed story, Josh and let me know your...Read full review »
Ramona Reed via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/20/21
So gripping I listened from start to finish without a break apart from eating and sleeping
ozzieingermany via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 08/08/21
Well written, produced, and presented podcast. Good sound quality and able to listen well in the car.
Yogaaddict via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/04/21
Great show with good pace and masterful storytelling
podpeggy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/01/21
First podcast I’ve ever listened to and I loved it!
kenny.97 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/28/21
It would be a gripping thriller if it weren’t so true. Scary that people such as those in Isis even exist
Fixo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/21
I feel for Sam. I think it’s easy to be embroiled in something you know is risky, likely not going to end well or be a positive outcome but do it anyway, because out if all your limited options you have to choose one. And then suffer for it. And be condemned, scrutinised and judged when really...Read full review »
etakm via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/22/21
Josh Baker is one of the best. This story is incredible, told with so much inside info from both sides, so much emotion. I learned so much.
Ang mr via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/15/21
This podcast is one of the best I’ve listened to, and I’ve heard my fair share of them. Josh Baker tells the story with emotion, and makes the story feel more intense. Very well written and told. Well done
fr0zenRYZNYZ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/11/21
I’m really impressed with the respectfull and thurough approuch of journalist josh and his team. I loved listening to it and have a lot of respect for the team aswell as for the people living in those tough situation. Lots of love for Matthew and his siblings. I hope they are continuing to do well.
Nickyv87 via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 07/09/21
Josh Baker -his professional tenacity and story telling ability - is the soul of the podcast, even though I’m pretty sure that wasn’t his intent, he was trying to get to the bottom of a mystery. Super gripping and thorough, I’ll be following whatever Baker tells me to from now on.
Xmike5000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/06/21
Josh presents and highlights a horrific story of how society norms can disintegrate when faced with particular situations Thankfully ISIS is no longer in control but decent society must always be vigilant against disingenuous psychopaths Josh’s excellent podcast reminds of this.
anniel54 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/03/21
Excellent and engaging podcast narrated by a caring and compassionate journalist. I was gripped throughout. Raced through it and wanted more.
Fire4hair via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/28/21
Man, this podcast was amazing. I have been listening to true crime podcasts for several years and had started to get a little bored with the same old storyline. This was an amazing tale! You don’t know whether to feel sorry for Sam or to despise her for her choices!I also love Josh’s delivery and...Read full review »
michelleb424 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/25/21
Harrowing, upsetting yet gripping and thought-provoking. Thinking and praying for the children of Syria who are being robbed of their childhood.
Sonia A. Singh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/25/21
As heartbreaking this is Josh put it in words amazing way. Keep doing what you do Josh it’s amazing.
LaylaMae2016 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/23/21
Wonderfully done! I totally recommend this podcast!
bubaluuuh via Apple Podcasts · Portugal · 06/21/21
Fabulously gripping true life story, I’m half way through and totally consumed. Great job Josh …
SoSo Wilks via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/16/21
Enthralling
BadgerA via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/12/21
Very well reported.
traderKarim via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/11/21
Good reporting, but the host seems strangely oblivious to how domestic violence would inform a woman’s “choices”.
jenmcleod via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/07/21
Such a great podcast! Very interesting, great reporting.
Kirstie Jo via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/06/21
Front line journalists like Josh are the gold standard in investigative reporting. Keep it up.
Ambar16 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/23/21
I binge listened to the whole thing in one night, then watched the movie on PBS. I was disappointed in the movie because the podcast was SO GOOD
Landfay via Apple Podcasts · Turkey · 05/17/21
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