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I'm Not a Monster

BBC Radio 5 Live

Seeking to separate fact from fiction, the multi award-winning series returns to investigate the divisive story of Shamima Begum. When three London school girls went missing in 2015, they generated global headlines and the media storm that ensued continues to this day. Back then, investigative journalist Josh Baker was filming at a mosque in the girls' neighbourhood as their families came to seek help; their daughters were on the way to Syria to join the Islamic State group. But it was too late, and they disappeared inside the so-called caliphate. For four years, their fate remained a mystery - with only occasional glimpses and sometimes conflicting reports of what they were doing with the terror group being made public. Only one of the girls emerged from the ashes of the so called caliphate - Shamima Begum. The new series will take listeners inside Josh's attempts to figure out what really happened, unearthing new information about one of the most talked about stories of our time. He ... more


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Latest Episodes

What do you want to know about The Shamima Begum Story and the making of the podcast? Join us on Tuesday the 12th of September in London, as Josh answers your questions about the series, share more about how it was made and some extra things we’ve le... more

a month ago

What happened to the girl Shamima Begum says convinced her to join the Islamic State group? Less than 24 hours before this episode was published ,we got the answer. Reporter: Josh Baker Written and produced by: Josh Baker, Sara Obeidat and Joe Kent C... more

6 months ago

Episode 10 will be available on Wednesday March 22nd

6 months ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 8.5k ratings
  • Listen to this one

    Best podcast. Full of insights. Compelling to listen.

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    Australia18 days ago
  • Amazing docu series

    Great journalism

    Apple Podcasts
    France20 days ago
  • Boring

    I listened because it was well reviewed in The Times, what a completely overblown snore fest. ‘Let’s go to the taxi office a billion years later and talk to absolutely no one who knows anything in a reeeeealy slow and enquiring voice while uncovering zero information’. I can only surmise that the presenter is on retainer and they needed to use up the budget. Save your time for almost any other podcast out there.

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    Offs hut
    Spain21 days ago
  • I find the journalist biased and very judgemental, journalism is about providing facts, not about stating unfounded opinions. Human beings respond to trauma in different ways, a journalist does not have the necessary training or knowledge to make an assessment on someone's reaction to a situation, particularly in an environment that I doubt any of us would ever understand.

    Marta Duarte
    a month ago
  • Beautifully Balanced

    This was a wonderfully researched series. Keeps you debating it after the series ends.

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    ecosse in boulder
    United Statesa month ago

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