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 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

Ten: One Year Later
Jun 21, 2018 • 32 min
What does the future hold for the ISIS returnee who confessed to murder? And what does he believe now?
Nine: Prisoners, Part One
Jun 14, 2018 • 26 min
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.
Nine: Prisoners, Part Two
Jun 14, 2018 • 26 min
After three years in ISIS captivity, a young Yazidi girl returns to her family. Rukmini is there to witness it.
Eight: The Briefcase
Jun 7, 2018 • 34 min
We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official.
Seven: Mosul
May 31, 2018 • 34 min
What did ISIS leave behind as their hold on Mosul crumbled?
Six: Paper Trail
May 24, 2018 • 43 min
“Something was off.” Rukmini’s doubt fuels a quest to uncover the truth.
Five: The Heart
May 17, 2018 • 21 min
The recruit carried out the killing. Then he questioned everything.
Four: Us vs. Them
May 10, 2018 • 25 min
A new recruit proves his worth and gets invited to a secret meeting.
Three: The Arrival
May 3, 2018 • 23 min
ISIS turns fantasy into reality for a new recruit.
Two: Recruitment
Apr 26, 2018 • 32 min
Who is it that ISIS appeals to, and how? Rukmini speaks with a former ISIS member about how and why he joined the fold.
One: The Reporter
Apr 19, 2018 • 23 min
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
Apr 19, 2018 • 6 min
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?”