The Project features interviews with everyone from cancer survivors to viral internet stars, often touching on serious topics like illness, crime and death.
But we don’t think the show has ever featured a more raw – potentially distressing – segment than their interview with New York Times journalist Rukmini Callimachi.
Callimachi, creator of the podcast Caliphate, had reported from the Iraq city of Mosul when it was held by terrorist organisation Islamic State. But the award-winning foreign correspondent didn’t just report on the events, she spoke to IS’ members. And some of the insights she gained about the organisation are truly disturbing.
In a moment that seemingly left The Project audience stunned, Callimachi explained to host Hamish Macdonald how the IS recruits are taught to kill.
“It’s pretty gruesome. What is interesting about it, is ISIS recognises that it’s not easy to kill,” she began.
“ISIS recognises that in the end, this is perhaps the greatest human taboo.”
So, as Callimachi explained, the IS leaders would gradually work their new members up to murdering people in cold blood with a series of sinister steps.