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Caliphate

13 episodes - English - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★★ - 12.4K 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

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Episodes

An Examination of 'Caliphate'

December 18, 2020 14:05 - 30 minutes - 27.8 MB

Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, discusses where “Caliphate” failed to meet Times standards. And Mark Mazzetti, an investigative correspondent for The Times, details new reporting that casts significant doubt on the claims of a central figure in the series. Editors' Note: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement.

Chapter Ten: One Year Later

June 21, 2018 14:34 - 33 minutes - 31.1 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. What does the future hold for the ISIS returnee who confessed to murder? And what does he believe now?

Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part One

June 14, 2018 19:45 - 28 minutes - 25.9 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. 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.

Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part Two

June 14, 2018 09:55 - 28 minutes - 25.8 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. After three years in ISIS captivity, a young Yazidi girl returns to her family. Rukmini is there to witness it.

Chapter Eight: The Briefcase

June 07, 2018 19:45 - 35 minutes - 32.7 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official.

Chapter Seven: Mosul

May 31, 2018 19:45 - 36 minutes - 33 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18. 2020]:  The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. What did ISIS leave behind as their hold on Mosul crumbled?

Chapter Six: Paper Trail

May 24, 2018 19:45 - 44 minutes - 40.8 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18. 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. “Something was off.” Rukmini’s doubt fuels a quest to uncover the truth.

Chapter Five: The Heart

May 17, 2018 19:45 - 22 minutes - 20.5 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. The recruit carried out the killing. Then he questioned everything.

Chapter Four: Us vs. Them

May 10, 2018 19:45 - 26 minutes - 24.5 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. A new recruit proves his worth and gets invited to a secret meeting.

Chapter Three: The Arrival

May 03, 2018 19:45 - 24 minutes - 22.4 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. ISIS turns fantasy into reality for a new recruit.

Chapter Two: Recruitment

April 26, 2018 19:45 - 33 minutes - 30.7 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. Who is it that ISIS appeals to, and how? Rukmini speaks with a former ISIS member about how and why he joined the fold.

Chapter One: The Reporter

April 19, 2018 05:05 - 25 minutes - 23 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. Rukmini describes the reality of being on the terrorism beat and why she brings trash bags with her to the frontlines of the war against ISIS.

Prologue: The Mission

April 19, 2018 05:00 - 7 minutes - 7.19 MB

Editors' Note [Dec. 18, 2020]: The Times has published an Editors’ Note concluding that episodes featuring a central character in “Caliphate” did not meet our standards for accuracy. Read the full statement. The war on terror has cost the U.S. billions and has been fought for nearly 20 years. Rukmini Callimachi, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, asks, “Who are we really fighting?”