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www.ny­times.com/caliphate This is the New York Times’s first se­ri­alised au­dio doc­u­men­tary — a tense, grip­ping, dar­ing and deep ex­am­i­na­tion of the war on ter­ror, and who it is Amer­ica is ‘re­ally’ fight­ing. Pre­sented by Times for­eign cor­re­spon­dent Ruk­mini Cal­li­machi, Caliphate tack­les the bot­tom-line ques­tions about the de­struc­tive, di­vi­sive bat­tle against ter­ror­ism that seems both un­winnable and un­stop­pable.

With de­cep­tively sim­ple ques­tions at its heart — How does some­one be­come rad­i­calised? What is the ap­peal of Is­lamic State? Why would any­one leave home and pledge al­le­giance to them? — Caliphate is beau­ti­fully pro­duced and ab­sorb­ing from the first minute. Some of this is hard to bear — vi­o­lent scenes and ugly lan­guage — but as a deep-down anal­y­sis of how we got to this point, and what re­ally hap­pens within Isil, this is un­beat­able, and nec­es­sary. There are 12 episodes, get started; pod­cast­ing at its very best.

www.theringer.com/the-re­watch­ables We all have films we can watch again and again (for me, it’s Bad Teacher, with Cameron Diaz, and Miss Con­ge­nial­ity with San­dra

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