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Caliphate

The New York Times

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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After three years in ISIS captivity, a young Yazidi girl returns to her family. Rukmini is there to witness it. The last episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, June 21st. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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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. The next episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, April 26. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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Chapter Ten: One Year Later

Jun 21st32:34

What does the future hold for the ISIS returnee who confessed to murder? And what does he believe now?

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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. The last episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, June 21st. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official. The last episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, June 14th. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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Chapter Seven: Mosul

May 31st34:41

What did ISIS leave behind as their hold on Mosul crumbled? The next episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, June 7th. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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Chapter Six: Paper Trail

May 24th43:11

“Something was off.” Rukmini’s doubt fuels a quest to uncover the truth. The next episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, May 31st. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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Chapter Five: The Heart

May 17th21:03

The recruit carried out the killing. Then he questioned everything. The next episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, May 24th. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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Chapter Four: Us vs. Them

May 10th25:23

A new recruit proves his worth and gets invited to a secret meeting. The next episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, May 17th. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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ISIS turns fantasy into reality for a new recruit. The next episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, May 10th. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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Chapter Two: Recruitment

Apr 26th32:05

Who is it that ISIS appeals to, and how? Rukmini speaks with a former ISIS member about how and why he joined the fold. The next episode of “Caliphate” will publish on Thursday, May 3rd. New York Times subscribers can listen to that episode now at nytimes.com/caliphate.

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Prologue: The Mission

Apr 19th6:28

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?”

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