I'm Not a Monster

By BBC Radio 5 Live

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Subscribers: 378
Reviews: 3
Episodes: 31

 Jul 20, 2023

 Mar 21, 2023
Fascinating. It seems to be trying hard to be fair to Shamima, but she doesn't do herself any favours. Hasn't given me any reason to feel that she deserves repatriation to the UK. That said, it could have focused more on the fact that she was a CHILD when she ran off to join ISIS. Teenagers often do stupid things but she was only 15 when she left the UK.

 Aug 29, 2022

 Feb 11, 2021
This is fascinating. Seems well researched and decently reported but it really bugs me how Josh is constantly summarising from his OWN perspective, doesn't take into consideration the viewpoint/circumstances of the person he is discussing. Especially when they have literally just told him.

 Jan 18, 2021
Fascinating thriller


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 travels from Bethnal Green in East London to the depths of what was ISIS controlled Syria as he challenges Shamima Begum and investigates if the story she tells is true.

Series One - 'I'm Not A Monster: from BBC Panorama & FRONTLINE PBS'

The first series of I'm Not A Monster told the story of Sam Sally, an American mother who left behind a comfortable life and travelled to the heart of what the Islamic State group called its caliphate with her family. Her husband became an IS sniper and her 10 year-old son was forced to appear in an infamous propaganda video threatening President Trump. It's the BBC's most awarded podcast series to date, having received 16 nominations, winning 11 awards in 10 different international programme competitions including the Rose d 'Or for Best Audio series, three Golds and the Grand Jury Prize at the New York Festivals Radio Awards and Best Documentary Series at the Webbys and the inaugural Podcast Academy Awards (the Ambies) in 2021.

Episode Date
Series 2: The Court Decides
Feb 23, 2024
Series 2: Josh Baker Answers Listener Questions
Nov 29, 2023
Series 2. Our Live Show
Aug 08, 2023
Series 2: 10. The World’s Unwanted
Mar 22, 2023
Series 2: A Message From Josh
Mar 15, 2023
Series 2: 9. State of Mind
Mar 08, 2023
Series 2: 8. No Plan B
Mar 01, 2023
Series 2: 7. Trapped
Feb 22, 2023
Series 2. 6. Father Figure
Feb 15, 2023
Series 2: 5. Empty Paper
Feb 08, 2023
Series 2: 4. When You’re In Love
Feb 01, 2023
Series 2: 3. Double Agent?
Jan 25, 2023
Series 2: 2. The Point of No Return
Jan 18, 2023
Series 2: 1. It Felt Like a Dream
Jan 11, 2023
Introducing… The Shamima Begum Story
Jan 04, 2023
Coming soon... The Shamima Begum Story
Aug 31, 2022
Series 1: 13. Your questions answered
Jan 25, 2022
Series 1: 12. Those we leave behind
Jan 18, 2022
Series 1: 11. Epilogue - The wounds and the scars
Nov 16, 2021
Series 1: Update
Nov 13, 2021
Series 1: 10. It’s all behind me now
Feb 12, 2021
Series 1: 9. The rest be damned
Feb 01, 2021
Series 1: 8. I take my book back
Jan 25, 2021
Series 1: 7. On American soil
Jan 18, 2021
Series 1: 6. Now I’m calling the shots
Dec 28, 2020
Series 1: 5. We had a great life
Dec 21, 2020
Series 1: 4. She’s like my mother
Dec 14, 2020
Series 1: 3. My name is Yusef
Dec 07, 2020
Series 1: 2. Read between the lines
Nov 30, 2020
Series 1: 1. I love you, I miss you
Nov 23, 2020
Introducing... I’m Not A Monster
Nov 13, 2020