Caliphate’s unhealthy supply reveals the risks of the podcasting gold rush

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The New York InstancesCaliphate podcast was a success — till it wasn’t. The 2018 present, which chronicled the radicalization of a person who joined the Islamic State, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, received a Peabody, and was extensively considered a feat of narrative nonfiction storytelling. The Instances’ head of movie, TV, and audio, Sam Dolnick, described the present as a “cinematic expertise” that “completely lends itself to TV” and got here with “lots of curiosity from Hollywood.”

Right now, nonetheless, these days appear distant. The Instances appended a prolonged and apologetic editor’s be aware to the present’s touchdown pages after doubts concerning the central character’s story surfaced. The Instances reassigned the present’s star reporter and host, Rukmini Callimachi, and dropped a…

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