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