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The Guardian's Audio Long Reads podcasts are a selection of the  Guardian’s long read articles which are published in the paper and online. It gives you the opportunity to get on with your day whilst listening to some of the finest journalism the Gua...Show More

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The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets – podcast

40:13 | Oct 30th, 2017

Expert interrogators know torture doesn’t work – but until now, nobody could prove it. By analysing hundreds of top-secret interviews with terror suspects, two British scientists have revolutionised the art of extracting the truth • Read the text ver...Show More

The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics – podcast

25:58 | Oct 23rd, 2017

In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences – or even host their own fake ones • Read the text version here

How violent American vigilantes at the border led to Trump’s wall – podcast

41:28 | Mar 22nd

From the 80s onwards, the borderlands were rife with paramilitary cruelty and racism. But the president’s rhetoric has thrown fuel on the fire • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.c...Show More

The Aldi effect: how one discount supermarket transformed the way Britain shops – podcast

44:40 | Mar 18th

When Aldi arrived in Britain, Tesco and Sainsbury’s were sure they had nothing to worry about. Three decades later, they know better • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longrea...Show More

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth – podcast

32:10 | Mar 15th

After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to human health – and to culture itself Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguard...Show More

Spain’s Watergate: inside the corruption scandal that changed a nation – podcast

42:31 | Mar 11th

The Gürtel case began with one Madrid mogul. Over the next decade, it grew into the biggest corruption investigation in Spain’s recent history, sweeping up hundreds of corrupt politicians and businessmen – and shattering its political system • Read t...Show More

How the world got hooked on palm oil – podcast

34:44 | Mar 8th

It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Is it too late to break the habit? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at...Show More

How the US has hidden its empire – podcast

24:58 | Mar 4th

The United States likes to think of itself as a republic, but it holds territories all over the world – the map you always see doesn’t tell the whole story Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.th...Show More

How a Slovakian neo-Nazi got elected – podcast

51:01 | Mar 1st

In 2013, the far-right politician Marian Kotleba won a shock victory in regional elections. Four years later, he was voted out in a landslide. But now he’s running for president Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <...Show More

The battle for the future of Stonehenge – podcast

35:25 | Feb 25th

Britain’s favourite monument is stuck in the middle of a bad-tempered row over road traffic Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://gu.com/longreadpod">gu.com/longreadpod</a>

The class pay gap: why it pays to be privileged – podcast

23:21 | Feb 22nd

Within Britain’s elite occupations, the advantages of class are still mistaken for talent Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://gu.com/longreadpod">gu.com/longreadpod</a>

Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich – podcast

25:05 | Feb 18th

An extreme concentration of wealth in a city where even the air is for sale has produced a new breed of needle-like tower • Read the text version here

The Money Saving Expert: how Martin Lewis became the most trusted man in Britain – podcast

33:14 | Feb 15th

He has built a multimillion pound empire, and is driven to help people attain ‘financial justice’. But in an age of predatory capitalism and rampant inequality, can one man’s modest suggestions really make a difference? • Read the text version here

White gold: the unstoppable rise of alternative milks – podcast

32:41 | Feb 11th

How wellness upstarts spoiled milk’s healthy reputation – and built a billion-dollar industry from juicing oats and nuts • Read the text version here

How a deluge of money nearly broke the Premier League – podcast

27:42 | Feb 8th

It’s the world’s most lucrative football league. But a civil war over all that money almost toppled it • Read the text version here

Rwanda’s Khashoggi: who killed the exiled spy chief? – podcast

40:19 | Feb 4th

Dissident Patrick Karegeya had fled to South Africa, but was murdered in a well-planned attack. Now an inquest into his death threatens to bring unwelcome attention to Rwanda’s feted leader • Read the text version here

Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far? – podcast

36:14 | Feb 1st

Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the world’s euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequences • Read the text version here

When the ice melts: the catastrophe of vanishing glaciers – podcast

28:10 | Jan 28th

As global temperatures rise, shrivelling glaciers and thawing permafrost threaten yet more climate disruption. How should we confront what is happening to our world? • Read the text version here

‘We the people’: the battle to define populism – podcast

40:59 | Jan 25th

The noisy dispute over the meaning of populism is more than just an academic squabble – it’s a crucial argument about what we expect from democracy • Read the text version here

Protein mania: the rich world’s new diet obsession – podcast

30:13 | Jan 21st

Why we can’t get enough when we already eat too much • Read the text version here

Why exercise alone won’t save us – podcast

24:41 | Jan 18th

Sedentary lifestyles are killing us – we need to build activity into our everyday lives, not just leave it for the gym • Read the text version here

Inside China's audacious global propaganda campaign – podcast

45:31 | Jan 14th

Beijing is buying up media outlets and training scores of foreign journalists to ‘tell China’s story well’ – as part of a worldwide propaganda campaign of astonishing scope and ambition • Read the text version here

'A torrent of ghastly revelations': what military service taught me about America – podcast

27:47 | Jan 11th

Training on a base in California, and later serving in Afghanistan, made me confront the reality of American empire, and the injustice that pervades society at home • Read the text version here

How the murders of two elderly Jewish women shook France – podcast

47:09 | Jan 7th

Two killings in Paris, one year apart, have inflamed the bitter French debate over antisemitism, race and religion • Read the text version here

Forever prisoners: were a father and son wrongly ensnared by America’s war on terror? – podcast

44:54 | Jan 4th

Saifullah Paracha, the oldest prisoner in Guantánamo Bay, will probably die in detention without ever being charged. His son is currently in a US prison. Both have been in custody for almost 15 years, accused of aiding al-Qaida. But did they? • Read ...Show More

Invasion of the ‘frankenbees’: the danger of building a better bee – podcast

31:51 | Dec 31st, 2018

Beekeepers are sounding the alarm about the latest developments in genetically modified pollinators • Read the text version here

Discover the Familiar: The plastic backlash – podcast

40:11 | Dec 28th, 2018

Decades after it became part of the fabric of our lives, a worldwide revolt against plastic is under way • Read the text version here

Discover the Familiar: Yes, bacon really is killing us - podcast

37:57 | Dec 26th, 2018

Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? • Read the text version here

Discover the Familiar: The Spectacular Power of Big Lens - podcast

49:50 | Dec 24th, 2018

How one giant company will dominate the way the whole world sees. Read the text version here

How the ‘rugby rape trial’ divided Ireland – podcast

42:31 | Dec 21st, 2018

After a trial that dominated the news, the accused were all found not guilty. But the case had tapped into a deeper rage that has not died down • Read the text version here

Bowel movement: the push to change the way you poo – podcast

28:58 | Dec 17th, 2018

Are you sitting comfortably? Many people are not – and they insist that the way we’ve been going to the toilet is all wrong • Read the text version here

Why we stopped trusting elites – podcast

36:14 | Dec 14th, 2018

The credibility of establishment figures has been demolished by technological change and political upheavals. But it’s too late to turn back the clock • Read the text version here

Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships – podcast

33:09 | Dec 10th, 2018

Some compare it to snooker, others to figure skating. But for those who have given their lives to competitive ploughing, it’s more than a sport, it’s a way of life • Read the text version here

Organised crime in the UK is bigger than ever before. Can the police catch up? – podcast

31:31 | Dec 7th, 2018

Faced with new threats from international gangsters, the boss of the National Crime Agency, Lynne Owens, thinks UK policing needs a radical reboot • Read the text version here

The making of an opioid epidemic – podcast

27:51 | Dec 3rd, 2018

When high doses of painkillers led to widespread addiction, it was called one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine. But this was no accident • Read the text version here

Terrorists, cultists – or champions of Iranian democracy? The wild wild story of the MEK – podcast

44:32 | Nov 30th, 2018

They fought for the Iranian revolution – and then for Saddam Hussein. The US and UK once condemned them. But now their opposition to Tehran has made them favourites of Trump White House hardliners • Read the text version here

The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? – podcast

39:07 | Nov 26th, 2018

Decades after it became part of the fabric of our lives, a worldwide revolt against plastic is under way • Read the text version here

The paranoid fantasy behind Brexit – podcast

31:03 | Nov 23rd, 2018

In the dark imagination of English reactionaries, Britain is always a defeated nation – and the EU is the imaginary invader • Read the text version here

Inside the booming business of background music – podcast

29:16 | Nov 19th, 2018

Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise • Read the text version here

‘A wall built to keep people out’: the cruel, bureaucratic maze of children’s services – podcast

33:14 | Nov 16th, 2018

In a system cut to the bone, gaining access to the support we had been promised for our daughter’s special educational needs was an exhausting, soul-sapping battle • Read the text version here

About time: why western philosophy can only teach us so much – podcast

21:42 | Nov 12th, 2018

By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, which is always the first step to greater understanding Read the text version

Dulwich Hamlet: the improbable tale of a tiny football club that lost its home to developers, and won it back – podcast

46:03 | Nov 9th, 2018

After they were locked out of their own stadium, an unlikely band of supporters came together to save the club Read the text version

Tommy Robinson and the far right’s new playbook – podcast

38:44 | Nov 5th, 2018

The former EDL leader is one of a new breed of entrepreneurial activists who are bringing extremist myths into the mainstream – while also claiming they are being silenced • Read the text version here

Shrinking the world: why we can't resist model villages – podcast

28:09 | Nov 2nd, 2018

In these baffling times, the only way to gain control of our environment is to miniaturise it Read the text version

Could populism actually be good for democracy? – podcast

31:47 | Oct 29th, 2018

A wave of populist revolts has led many to lose faith in the wisdom of people power. But such eruptions are essential to the vitality of modern politics • Read the text version here

One man’s (very polite) fight against media Islamophobia – podcast

38:02 | Oct 26th, 2018

For three years, Miqdaad Versi has waged a quixotic – and always scrupulously courteous – campaign against the endless errors and distortions in news about British Muslims. But can a thousand polite complaints make a difference? • Read the text versi...Show More

The myth of the she-devil: why we judge female criminals more harshly – podcast

32:40 | Oct 22nd, 2018

A man who kills is a murderer, but a woman guilty of violent crime becomes a proxy for all that is evil. Helena Kennedy, who once represented Myra Hindley, asks why • Read the text version here

Will Nissan stay once Britain leaves? How one factory explains the Brexit business dilemma – podcast

32:02 | Oct 19th, 2018

In the 1980s, Thatcher’s government sold Britain as ‘a gateway to Europe’. Nissan came to Sunderland and thrived – but now its future is uncertain • Read the text version here

The death of consensus: how conflict came back to politics – podcast

37:43 | Oct 15th, 2018

New Labour’s ‘third way’ promised to end the clash between left and right. But did the fantasy of politics without strife create our age of anger? • Read the text version here

How Robyn transformed pop – podcast

38:50 | Oct 12th, 2018

After almost a decade away, Robyn is about to release a new album. Laura Snapes examines her seismic cultural impact Read the text version here

‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team – podcast

28:24 | Oct 8th, 2018

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Big Short, reveals how Trump’s bungled presidential transition set the template for his time in the White House • Read the text version here

The business of voluntourism: do western do-gooders actually do harm? – podcast

38:24 | Oct 5th, 2018

A holiday helping out in an orphanage can be a rewarding experience. But voluntourism supports a system that is breaking up families • Read the text version here

Finally, a cure for insomnia? – podcast

34:49 | Oct 1st, 2018

We are living through an epidemic of sleeplessness, but the medical establishment has largely ignored the problem. Can a radical new therapy help you get some sleep? Read the text version here

A giant crawling brain: the jaw-dropping world of termites – podcast

32:59 | Sep 28th, 2018

At least half of termite studies used to be about how to kill them. But science is discovering their extraordinary usefulness Read the text version here

The real Goldfinger: the London banker who broke the world – podcast

29:06 | Sep 24th, 2018

The true story of how the City of London invented offshore banking – and set the rich free Read the text version here

‘Human impulses run riot’: China’s shocking pace of change – podcast

26:32 | Sep 21st, 2018

Thirty years ago, politics was paramount. Now, only money counts. China’s leading novelist examines a nation that has transformed in a single lifetime Read the text version here

Is compassion fatigue inevitable in an age of 24-hour news? – podcast

31:02 | Sep 17th, 2018

We have never been more aware of the appalling events that occur around the world every day. But in the face of so much horror, is there a danger that we become numb to the headlines – and does it matter if we do? Read the text version here

The end of Atlanticism: has Trump killed the ideology that won the cold war? – podcast

33:51 | Sep 14th, 2018

The foreign policy establishment has been lamenting its death for half a century. But Atlanticism has long been a convenient myth Read the text version here

How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves – podcast

30:40 | Sep 10th, 2018

Abandoned as a child, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja survived alone in the wild for 15 years. But living with people proved to be even more difficult Read the text version here

The only way to end the class divide: the case for abolishing private schools – podcast

23:05 | Sep 7th, 2018

The gap between state and private education is reinforcing privilege and harming the prospects of another generation. The only solution is integration Read the text version here

Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth – podcast

33:49 | Sep 3rd, 2018

From vaccines to climate change to genocide, a new age of denialism is upon us. Why have we failed to understand it? • Read the text version here

How TripAdvisor changed travel – podcast

39:55 | Aug 31st, 2018

The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter • Read the text version here

BDS: how a controversial non-violent movement has transformed the Israeli-Palestinian debate – podcast

1:10:59 | Aug 24th, 2018

Israel sees the international boycott campaign as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Palestinians regard it as their last resort • Read the text version here

How Matteo Salvini pulled Italy to the far right – podcast

33:51 | Aug 20th, 2018

After years on the fringes of Italian politics, the populist leader of the Lega has stoked anti-immigrant panic and barged into power • Read the text version here

‘My death is not my own’: the limits of legal euthanasia – podcast

25:12 | Aug 17th, 2018

Henk Blanken knows Parkinson’s disease might one day take him past the point at which he wants to carry on. Dutch law says it is legal for a doctor to help him die when the time comes – but there’s no guarantee that will happen • Read the text versio...Show More

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet – podcast

34:02 | Aug 13th, 2018

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? • Read the text version here

The free speech panic: how the right concocted a crisis – podcast

37:00 | Aug 10th, 2018

Snowflake students have become the target of a new rightwing crusade. But exaggerated claims of censorship reveal a deeper anxiety at the core of modern conservatism • Read the text version here

How to Spend It: the shopping list for the 1% – podcast

35:24 | Aug 6th, 2018

In an age of astonishing wealth, nothing reveals the lives of the ultra-rich like the FT’s unashamedly ostentatious luxury magazine • Read the text version here

The ugly scandal that cancelled the Nobel prize – podcast

30:17 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Sweden’s literary elite has been thrown into disarray by allegations of sexual harassment and corruption • Read the text version here

Nevis: how the world’s most secretive offshore haven refuses to clean up – podcast

35:23 | Jul 30th, 2018

The years since 2008 have seen a global crackdown on offshore finance. Yet a few places have doubled down on offering secrecy to the super-rich. Among these, one tiny Caribbean island might be the worst offender • Read the text version here

The bitter conflict over Poland’s communist history – podcast

41:28 | Jul 27th, 2018

Many Poles remember Soviet soldiers saving them from Nazi occupation. But a growing number are rejecting that narrative, and the monuments that come with it Read the text version here

‘We believed we could remake ourselves any way we liked’: how the 1990s shaped #MeToo – podcast

35:26 | Jul 23rd, 2018

While promising liberation and endless possibility, the culture of the decade drove us relentlessly in pursuit of perfection • Read the text version here

‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people – podcast

35:44 | Jul 20th, 2018

When the people of Flint, Michigan, complained that their tap water smelled bad and made children sick, it took officials 18 months to accept there was a problem • Read the text version here

The age of patriarchy: how an unfashionable idea became a rallying cry for feminism today – podcast

34:31 | Jul 16th, 2018

A term that was derided and abandoned a decade ago has come roaring back to life • Read the text version here

Why we may never know if British troops committed war crimes in Iraq – podcast

42:03 | Jul 13th, 2018

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team was set up by the government to investigate claims of the abuse of civilians. After its collapse, some fear the truth will never come out • Read the text version here

The radical lessons of a year reporting on knife crime – podcast

42:27 | Jul 6th, 2018

At the end of our award-winning series Beyond the Blade, it’s clear that fixing the problem will require political will and a dramatic new approach. But our politicians are still reacting to tabloid headlines instead of facts • Read the text version ...Show More

How to spot a perfect fake: the world’s top art forgery detective – podcast

43:59 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Forgeries have got so good – and so costly – that Sotheby’s has brought in its own in-house fraud-busting expert • Read text version here

How the resurgence of white supremacy in US sparked free speech war

42:54 | Jun 29th, 2018

With neo-Nazis marching in American cities, the national faith in absolute free expression is breaking down – even inside the organisation sworn to defend it, the ACLU • Read the text version here

Five myths about the refugee crisis – podcast

28:52 | Jun 25th, 2018

The cameras have gone – but the suffering endures. Daniel Trilling deconstructs the beliefs that still shape policy and public opinion • Read the text version here

How Britain let Russia hide its dirty money – podcast

31:17 | Jun 22nd, 2018

For decades, politicians have welcomed the super-rich with open arms. Now they’re finally having second thoughts. But is it too late? • Read the text version here

When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity? – podcast

32:04 | Jun 15th, 2018

After the abolition of slavery, Britain paid millions in compensation – but every penny of it went to slave owners, and nothing to those they enslaved. We must stop overlooking the brutality of British history • Read the text version here

Has wine gone bad? – podcast

37:22 | Jun 11th, 2018

‘Natural wine’ advocates say everything about the modern industry is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong – and have triggered the biggest split in the wine world for a generation • Read the text version here

How to topple a dictator: the rebel plot that freed the Gambia – podcast

36:13 | Jun 8th, 2018

After 22 years, Yahya Jammeh seemed unassailable. His brutal and reckless rule was finally ended by a small but courageous resistance • Read the text version here

How #MeToo revealed the central rift within feminism today – podcast

26:11 | Jun 4th, 2018

It’s not a generational divide, but rather a split between two competing visions of feminism – social and individualist • Read the text version here

Why Silicon Valley can’t fix itself – podcast

37:47 | Jun 1st, 2018

Tech insiders have finally started admitting their mistakes – but the solutions they are offering could just help the big players get even more powerful Read the text version here

The spectacular power of Big Lens – podcast

48:55 | May 25th, 2018

How one giant company will dominate the way the whole world sees • Read the text version here

Why we should bulldoze the business school – podcast

22:56 | May 21st, 2018

There are 13,000 business schools on Earth. That’s 13,000 too many. And I should know – I’ve taught in them for 20 years • Read the text version here

From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars – podcast

36:20 | May 18th, 2018

Nina Gold’s role is invisible, and yet her taste has shaped much of what we watch on film and TV • Read the text version here

Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram – podcast

28:42 | May 14th, 2018

Their hero is Jordan Belfort, their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles. But what are these self-styled traders really selling? • Read the text version here

The rise of Russia’s neo-Nazi football hooligans – podcast

32:16 | May 11th, 2018

For the past two decades the Russian state has encouraged groups of violent far-right fans. As the World Cup approaches, it is struggling to tame them • Read the text version here

How babies learn, and why robots can’t compete – podcast

27:26 | May 7th, 2018

If we could understand how the infant mind develops, it might help every child reach their full potential. But seeing them as learning machines is not the answer • Read the text version here

Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis, and points the way out – podcast

27:55 | May 4th, 2018

The Communist Manifesto foresaw the predatory and polarised global capitalism of the 21st century. But Marx and Engels also showed us that we have the power to create a better world • Read the text version here

How to get rich quick in Silicon Valley – podcast

32:23 | Apr 30th, 2018

Corey Pein took his half-baked startup idea to America’s hottest billionaire factory – and found a wasteland of techie hustlers and con men • Read the text version here

How much is an hour worth? The war over the minimum wage – podcast

41:31 | Apr 27th, 2018

Some economists say it should be raised. Others say it’s already too high. But what if both sides are missing the point? Read the text version here

The murder that shook Iceland – podcast

32:27 | Apr 20th, 2018

In a country with one of the lowest murder rates in the world, the killing of a 20-year-old woman upended the nation’s sense of itself Read the text version here

Homaro Cantu, the genius chef who wanted to change the world – podcast

29:25 | Apr 16th, 2018

How a homeless child grew up to become the most inventive chef in history • Read the text version here

Two minutes to midnight: did the US miss its chance to stop North Korea’s nuclear programme? – podcast

34:06 | Apr 13th, 2018

An unprecedented US mission to Pyongyang in 1999 promised to defuse Kim’s nuclear threat. But it all came to nothing – and then the hawks took power • Read the text version here

Why I’m suing over my dream internship – podcast

29:36 | Apr 6th, 2018

It’s time to end a system that excludes the less privileged from the arts, media and politics • Read the text version here

Perfect prams for perfect parents: the rise of the bougie buggy – podcast

26:48 | Mar 30th, 2018

How the rise of the luxury pram capitalised on the status anxiety of a new generation of parents • Read the text version here

Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand – podcast

38:00 | Mar 26th, 2018

How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies – written by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father – inspired the likes of Peter Thiel to buy up property across the Pacific • Read the text version here

How many murders can a police informer get away with? – podcast

38:35 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Last year Northern Irish paramilitary Gary Haggarty pleaded guilty to hundreds of violent crimes, including many killings – while working for the British state • Read the text version here

The male glance: how we fail to take women’s stories seriously – podcast

27:43 | Mar 19th, 2018

Male art is epic, universal, and profoundly meaningful. Women’s creations are domestic, emotional and trivial. How did we learn to misread stories so badly? • Read the text version here

Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? – podcast

31:32 | Mar 16th, 2018

For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will it spell the end for dictionaries? • Read the text version here

Yes, bacon really is killing us – podcast

36:47 | Mar 12th, 2018

Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? • Read the text version here

The fascist movement that has brought Mussolini back to the mainstream – podcast

38:18 | Mar 9th, 2018

Italy’s CasaPound has been essential to the normalisation of fascism again in the country of its birth • Read the text version here

‘I could hear things, and I could feel terrible pain’: when anaesthesia fails – podcast

30:53 | Mar 5th, 2018

Anaesthesia remains a mysterious and inexact science – and thousands of patients still wake up on the operating table every year. • Read the text version here

The brutal world of sheep fighting: the illegal sport beloved by Algeria’s 'lost generation' – podcast

38:48 | Mar 2nd, 2018

For millions of Algerians, life has been shaped by years of conflict, unemployment and state repression. Sheep fighting offers an arena where young men can escape the constant supervision of the state. • Read the text version here

The fight for the right to be a Muslim in America – podcast

52:23 | Feb 26th, 2018

A bitter legal row over a mosque in an affluent New Jersey town shows the new face of Islamophobia in the age of Trump Read the text version here

Searching for an Alzheimer’s cure while my father slips away – podcast

31:29 | Feb 23rd, 2018

At the beginning, we hunted frantically for any medical breakthrough that might hint at a cure. Then hope gave way to the unbearable truth Read the text version here

Talk is cheap: the myth of the focus group – podcast

26:43 | Feb 19th, 2018

Focus groups make us feel our views matter – but no one with power cares what we think Read the text version here

Murder in Hampstead: did a secret trial put the wrong man in jail? – podcast

26:04 | Feb 16th, 2018

New evidence shows that an MI6 informant convicted of a notorious murder may be innocent, but due to a gagging order, his case cannot be heard • Read the text version here

The cult of Mary Beard – podcast

40:45 | Feb 9th, 2018

How a late-blossoming classics don became Britain’s most beloved intellectual Read the text version here

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs – podcast

33:01 | Feb 5th, 2018

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative • Read the text version here

The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry – podcast

32:40 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer • Read the text version here

How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak – podcast

34:50 | Jan 29th, 2018

Millions are robbed of the power of speech by illness, injury or lifelong conditions. Can the creation of bespoke digital voices transform their ability to communicate? • Read the text version here

The YouTube star who fought back against revenge porn and won – podcast

42:13 | Jan 26th, 2018

Four years after her ex posted explicit videos filmed without her consent, Chrissy Chambers talks about the gruelling legal battle that nearly destroyed her • Read the text version here

How I let drinking take over my life – podcast

25:07 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Five years after his last taste of alcohol, William Leith tries to understand its powerful magic • Read the text version here

How the sandwich consumed Britain – podcast

37:30 | Jan 19th, 2018

The world-beating British sandwich industry is worth £8bn a year. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast – and now it’s coming for dinner • Read the text version here

‘A tale of decay’: the Houses of Parliament are falling down – podcast

31:43 | Jan 15th, 2018

As politicians dither over repairs, the risk of fire, flood or a deluge of sewage only increases. But fixing the Palace of Westminster might change British politics for good – which is the last thing many of its residents want • Read the text version...Show More

‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off – podcast

27:05 | Jan 9th, 2018

Scientists have identified 2 million species of living things. No one knows how many more are out there, and tens of thousands may be vanishing before we have even had a chance to encounter them • Read the text version here

Manchester City’s plan for global domination – podcast

33:22 | Jan 5th, 2018

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the businessmen behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever • Read the text version here

‘We believe you harmed your child’: the war over shaken baby convictions – podcast

43:12 | Dec 29th, 2017

Expert witnesses who claim parents have been wrongly accused have been vilified and struck off. But the science is anything but certain. What happens to the truth when experts can’t agree? • Read the text version here

From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over – podcast

25:33 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Vacuous management-speak is easily laughed off – but is there a real cost to talking rubbish? • Read the text version here

After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing – podcast

57:11 | Dec 15th, 2017

In the dying days of the battle of Mosul, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad followed Iraqi soldiers during the last push against Isis. But following their victory, a new wave of savagery was unleashed • Read the text version here

A mission for journalism in a time of crisis – podcast

43:18 | Dec 8th, 2017

In a turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles, writes Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner • Read the text version here

How Trump walked into Putin’s web – podcast

39:19 | Dec 4th, 2017

The inside story of how a former British spy was hired to investigate Russia’s influence on Trump – and uncovered explosive evidence that Moscow had been cultivating Trump for years • Read the text version here

How Britain did Gaddafi’s dirty work – podcast

37:33 | Dec 1st, 2017

Secret papers show how far MI6 went to please Libya’s ruthless intelligence agents – including helping to kidnap the dictator’s enemies • Read the text version here

How to sell a country: the booming business of nation branding – podcast

40:40 | Nov 24th, 2017

These days, every place in the world wants to market its unique identity – and an industry has sprung up to help put them on the map • Read the text version here

How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war – podcast

36:38 | Nov 20th, 2017

The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new • Read the text version here

The wilderness years: how Labour’s left survived to conquer – podcast

41:54 | Nov 17th, 2017

Corbyn, Abbott and McDonnell were long dismissed as irrelevant radicals. But their formative years on the margins were more important than anyone realised. By Andy Beckett • Read the text version here

Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech? – podcast

42:12 | Nov 13th, 2017

For decades, tech companies promised to make the world better. As that dream falls apart, disillusioned insiders are trying to take back control • Read the text version here

‘Reality shrivels. This is your life now’: 88 days trapped in bed to save a pregnancy – podcast

34:30 | Nov 10th, 2017

Months before she was due to give birth, disaster struck for Katherine Heiny. Doctors ordered her to lie on her side in bed and not move – and gave her a 1% chance of carrying her baby to term • Read the text version here

The war against Pope Francis – podcast

33:12 | Nov 6th, 2017

His modesty and humility have made him a popular figure around the world. But inside the church, his reforms have infuriated conservatives and sparked a revolt • Read the text version here

Orbiting Jupiter: my week with Emmanuel Macron – podcast

37:39 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Is France’s new president a political miracle, or a mirage that is already fading away? • Read the text version here

Why can’t we cure the common cold? – podcast

32:29 | Oct 27th, 2017

After thousands of years of failure, some scientists believe a breakthrough might finally be in sight • Read the text version here

We should have seen Trump coming – podcast

23:16 | Oct 20th, 2017

Obama’s rise felt like a new chapter in American history. But the original sin of white supremacy was not so easily erased • Read the text version here

Why do we feel so guilty all the time? – podcast

23:58 | Oct 16th, 2017

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt • Read the text version here

The father who went undercover to find his son’s killers – podcast

42:57 | Oct 13th, 2017

After police failed to solve his son’s murder, Francisco Holgado infiltrated the local criminal underworld in pursuit of those responsible. He became a national hero – but at what cost? • Read the text version here

The inside story of Labour’s election shock – podcast

36:06 | Oct 9th, 2017

When a snap election was called, a divided Labour sprang into action to defy predictions of a wipeout and upturn the political consensus. The key players reveal how it all happened • Read the text version here

This island is not for sale: how Eigg fought back – podcast

29:02 | Oct 6th, 2017

Small islands have always been objects of desire for a certain kind of man ambitious to rule his own tiny nation. One Hebridean isle asserted its independence, but can its way of life survive? • Read the text version here

Facebook’s war on free will – podcast

33:47 | Oct 2nd, 2017

How technology is making our minds redundant • Read the text version here

How a tax haven is leading the race to privatise space – podcast

38:36 | Sep 29th, 2017

Luxembourg has shown how far a tiny country can go by serving the needs of global capitalism. Now it has set its sights on outer space • Read the text version here

How science found a way to help coma patients communicate – podcast

21:31 | Sep 25th, 2017

After suffering serious brain injuries, Scott Routley spent 12 years in a vegetative state. But his family were convinced that he was still aware – could a pioneering ‘mind-reading’ technique prove them right? • Read the text version here

Keyboard warrior: the British hacker fighting for his life – podcast

38:00 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Lauri Love is charged with masterminding a 2013 attack by Anonymous on US government websites. Will Britain allow him to spend the rest of his days in an American prison? • Read the text version here

Trojan horse: the real story behind the fake 'Islamic plot' to take over schools – podcast

56:39 | Sep 18th, 2017

In 2014, documents alleging a conspiracy to Islamise Birmingham schools were leaked to the media, sparking a national scandal. The papers were debunked, but the story remains as divisive as ever. What really happened? • Read the text version here

The last Nazi hunters – podcast

33:35 | Sep 11th, 2017

Since 1958, a small department of Germany’s government has sought to bring members of the Third Reich to trial. A handful of prosecutors are still tracking down Nazis, but the world’s biggest cold-case investigation will soon be shut down • Read the ...Show More

The first social media suicide – podcast

34:07 | Sep 8th, 2017

In May of last year, a teenager in a dreary suburb of Paris live-streamed her own suicide – and acquired a morbid kind of digital celebrity • Read the text version here

Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world – podcast

29:26 | Sep 4th, 2017

The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human • Read the text version here

The school beneath the wave: the unimaginable tragedy of Japan’s tsunami – podcast

32:38 | Sep 1st, 2017

In 2011 a tsunami engulfed Japan’s north-east coast. More than 18,000 people were killed. Six years later, in one community, survivors are still tormented by a catastrophic split-second decision • Read the text version here

Why we fell for clean eating – podcast

40:39 | Aug 28th, 2017

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it • Read the text version here

Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice? – podcast

33:06 | Aug 25th, 2017

More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing? • Read the text version here

What is a black professor in America allowed to say? – podcast

42:59 | Aug 21st, 2017

Tommy J Curry thought forcing a public discussion about race and violence was part of his job. It turned out that people didn’t want to hear it • Read the text version here

Unlearning the myth of American innocence – podcast

36:58 | Aug 18th, 2017

When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does • Read the text version here

Is the world really better than ever? – podcast

34:52 | Aug 14th, 2017

The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good – and only our pessimism is holding us back • Read the text version here

Where global warming gets real: inside Nasa’s mission to the north pole – podcast

40:29 | Aug 11th, 2017

For 10 years, Nasa has been flying over the ice caps to chart their retreat. This data is an invaluable record of climate change. But does anyone care? • Read the text version here

The real cost of regeneration – podcast

32:24 | Aug 4th, 2017

When private developers move in, the first eviction is accountability – then tenants’ complaints procedures and safety. Zoe Williams reveals the truth about for-profit council estates • Read the text version here

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

36:33 | Jul 31st, 2017

It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? • Read the text version here

When life is a fate worse than death – podcast

25:37 | Jul 28th, 2017

Why are so many doctors opposed to assisted death? As a practising physician, Haider Javed Warraich has witnessed both sides of this gruelling battleground • Read the text version here

How climate change scepticism turned into something more dangerous – podcast

33:29 | Jul 24th, 2017

Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth? • Read the text version here

Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster – podcast

29:28 | Jul 21st, 2017

After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor • Read the text version here

The age of banter – podcast

41:17 | Jul 14th, 2017

It used to be just a word – now it is a way of life. But is it time to get off the banter bus? By Archie Bland • Read the text version here

Being Donald Trump: the life of an impersonator – podcast

35:17 | Jul 10th, 2017

John Di Domenico has been playing Donald Trump longer than anyone else – except Trump himself • Read the text version here

Is the big business of scientific publishing bad for science? – podcast

44:51 | Jul 7th, 2017

It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell • Read the text version here

How the MoD’s plan to privatise military housing ended in disaster – podcast

36:44 | Jul 3rd, 2017

In 1996, the Ministry of Defence decided to sell off its housing stock. The financier Guy Hands bought it up in a deal that would make his investors billions – and have catastrophic consequences for both the military and the taxpayer • Read the text ...Show More

How Nicholas Serota’s Tate changed Britain – podcast

44:08 | Jun 30th, 2017

Over three decades, he transformed a nation’s attitude to art. But is his revolution now in danger of being reversed? • Read the text version here

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene – podcast

38:43 | Jun 26th, 2017

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on • Read the text version here

A shock to the system: how Corbyn changed the rules of British politics – podcast

31:01 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Everyone thought the election was a foregone conclusion. They had no idea what was really going on • Read the text version here

Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for? – podcast

21:11 | Jun 19th, 2017

Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it? • Read the text version here

‘Kill them, kill them, kill them’: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britain’s grey squirrels – podcast

36:41 | Jun 16th, 2017

The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species? • Read the text version here

Operation Car Wash: Is this the biggest corruption scandal in history? – podcast

38:51 | Jun 12th, 2017

What began as an investigation into money laundering in Brazil quickly turned into something much greater, uncovering a vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeering • Read the text version here

Robot hearts: medicine’s new frontier - podcast

34:37 | Jun 9th, 2017

From bovine valves to electrical motors and 3-D printed hearts, cardiologists are forging ahead with technologies once dismissed as ‘crazy ideas’ • Read the text version here

Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in – podcast

44:53 | Jun 5th, 2017

The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not fast enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea, or does it speak to our troubled times? • Read the text version here

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace - podcast

29:25 | Jun 2nd, 2017

The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo • Read the text version here

'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race' – podcast

30:59 | May 31st, 2017

For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it – at the heart of respectable society • Read the text version here

Grammar schools: back to the bad old days of inequality – podcast

28:02 | May 22nd, 2017

Theresa May wants to bring back selective schools, but what about the kids who fail the 11-plus? A secondary modern pupil remembers the inept teachers, classroom riots and useless qualifications of the two-tier education system • Read the text versio...Show More

Bish-bash-bosh: how Phyllida Barlow conquered the art world at 73 – podcast

32:09 | May 19th, 2017

After overlooking her for decades, the art world has woken up to Phyllida Barlow’s audacious, gargantuan sculptures. Now she is representing Britain at the Venice Biennale – but why did it take so long for her to be “discovered”? • Read the text vers...Show More

Where oil rigs go to die – podcast

1:06:00 | May 12th, 2017

When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breaker’s yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business • Read the text v...Show More

How rich hippies and developers went to war over Instagram’s favourite beach – podcast

29:39 | May 10th, 2017

With its Mayan ruins and moonlight raves, Tulum has become Mexico’s hippest holiday destination. But a spate of violent evictions reveals a darker side • Read the text version here

The race to build the world’s first sex robot – podcast

38:39 | May 5th, 2017

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no • Read the text version here

Confessions of a reluctant gentrifier – podcast

33:42 | May 1st, 2017

When a white academic moved to one of the most diverse districts of Chicago, her parents worried for her safety. But as pet-groomers replaced local shops, she realised the area’s original residents had more to fear than she did • Read the text versio...Show More

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism – podcast

33:35 | Apr 28th, 2017

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar • Read the te...Show More

The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist – podcast

30:07 | Apr 24th, 2017

In recent years, references to such attacks have become inescapable. But this lazy term obscures the real nature of the threat against us • Read the text version here

Kidnapped, tortured and thrown in jail: my 70 days in Sudan – podcast

33:16 | Apr 21st, 2017

Twelve years after reporting on the conflict in Darfur, film-maker Phil Cox returned. But this time, the Sudanese government put a price on his head • Read the text version here

The struggle to be British: my life as a second-class citizen – podcast

28:24 | Apr 17th, 2017

After arriving in Britain as a child, I fought hard to feel like I belonged. Now it feels that the status of migrants like me is permanently up for review • Read the text version here

Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years – podcast

29:56 | Apr 10th, 2017

At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story • Read the text version here

The inside story of the Tory election scandal – podcast

46:17 | Apr 7th, 2017

The unexpected Conservative election victory of 2015 transformed British politics. Now an unprecedented Electoral Commission investigation has raised the question of whether it was even a fair fight • Read the text version here

Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp? – podcast

35:15 | Apr 3rd, 2017

When Britain handed over control to China in 1997, Hong Kong was a beacon of freewheeling prosperity – but in recent years Beijing’s grip has tightened. Is there any hope for the city’s radical pro-democracy movement? • Read the text version

Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option – podcast

32:17 | Mar 31st, 2017

The true impact of activism may not be felt for a generation. That alone is reason to fight, rather than surrender to despair • Read the text version here

Going underground: inside the world of the mole-catchers – podcast

31:25 | Mar 27th, 2017

A bitter battle is raging within the mole-catching community over the kindest way to carry out their deadly work • Read the text version

Can we trust the Rorschach test? – podcast

34:47 | Mar 24th, 2017

To its critics, it is dangerous pseudoscience. To its supporters, it offers unique insights. What is the future of this controversial psychological test? Read the text version

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death – podcast

44:59 | Mar 20th, 2017

She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan. Read the text ver...Show More

How technology gets us hooked – podcast

27:13 | Mar 14th, 2017

From a young age, humans love to press buttons that light up and make a noise. The thrill of positive feedback lies at the heart of addiction to gambling, games and social media • Read the text version

Patagonia and The North Face: saving the world one puffer jacket at a time – podcast

37:47 | Mar 10th, 2017

The retail giants are not only competing to sell outdoor gear – they are rivals in the contest to sell the thrill of the wilderness to the urban masses • Read the text version

PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain – podcast

38:15 | Mar 6th, 2017

Oxford University graduates in philosophy, politics and economics make up an astonishing proportion of Britain’s elite. But has it produced an out-of-touch ruling class? • Read the text version

Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin – podcast

38:33 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin? Read the text version

The hi-tech war on science fraud – podcast

38:06 | Feb 27th, 2017

The problem of fake data may go far deeper than scientists admit. Now a team of researchers has a controversial plan to root out the perpetrators • Read the text version

Total recall: the people who never forget – podcast

43:26 | Feb 24th, 2017

An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory

Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime – podcast

36:22 | Feb 21st, 2017

After more than a decade of being fetishised and then written off, grime now dominates British pop culture. To understand why, you need to understand the man who created it Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime

The man who could make Marine Le Pen president of France - podcast

36:14 | Feb 17th, 2017

Florian Philippot is the strategist behind the rebranding of the extreme right Front National as a populist, anti-elite movement. But don’t mistake him for a moderate

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer – podcast

21:16 | Feb 13th, 2017

For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking?

The spy who couldn’t spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled – podcast

35:00 | Feb 10th, 2017

Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets

How statistics lost their power, and why we should fear what comes next - podcast

39:23 | Feb 6th, 2017

The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril

Who killed the great British curry house? – podcast

42:11 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Why has Britain turned its back on its favourite food – and shut out the people needed to cook it?

‘Is this what the west is really like?’ How it felt to leave China for Britain – podcast

36:29 | Jan 30th, 2017

Desperate to find somewhere she could live and work as she wished, Xiaolu Guo moved from Beijing to London in 2002. But from the weather to the language and the people, nothing was as she expected

Among the ghosts of Cambodia’s killing fields: on the set of Angelina Jolie’s new film – podcast

32:02 | Jan 27th, 2017

Can the Hollywood star’s Khmer-language film – with an all-Cambodian cast and crew – help a nation to confront the horrors of its past?

The neo-Nazi murder trial revealing Germany's darkest secrets – podcast

41:00 | Jan 23rd, 2017

The only known survivor of a far-right group accused of a series of racist killings is now on trial. But the case has put the nation itself in the dock

Fifa: the video game that changed football – podcast

33:30 | Jan 20th, 2017

Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What’s the secret of its success?

Alan Yentob: the last impresario – podcast

44:43 | Jan 16th, 2017

For decades, Alan Yentob was the dominant creative force at the BBC – behind everything from Adam Curtis to Strictly Come Dancing. He was a towering figure in British culture – so why did many applaud his very public slide from power?

Why time management is ruining our lives – podcast

32:04 | Jan 13th, 2017

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed

The big gamble: the dangerous world of British betting shops – podcast

58:02 | Jan 6th, 2017

Bookmakers have become a fixture of the British high street. But the savage murder of a lone employee at a London betting shop has revealed the risks that their workers face

Latin America’s Schindler: a forgotten hero of the 20th century – podcast

36:20 | Dec 30th, 2016

Under General Pinochet’s rule of terror in Chile, one man saved thousands of people from the dictator’s brutal secret police. How did Roberto Kozak do it – and escape death?

Remembrance of tastes past: Syria’s disappearing food culture – podcast

31:11 | Dec 23rd, 2016

For Syrians in exile, food is more than a means of sustenance. It is a reminder of the rich and diverse culture being destroyed by civil war

Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy – podcast

35:21 | Dec 19th, 2016

For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right – and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph

Inside Italy’s ultras: the dangerous fans who control the game – podcast

33:23 | Dec 16th, 2016

When a key figure in a powerful ‘ultra’ group killed himself in July, police suspected the mafia was using the ultras to get into the game

Death row: the lawyer who keeps losing – podcast

44:17 | Dec 13th, 2016

A single attorney has had more clients sentenced to death in federal court than any other defence lawyer in America. He’s part of a deeply flawed system that is about to get worse

The hygge conspiracy – podcast

40:22 | Dec 9th, 2016

This year’s most overhyped trend is a wholesome Danish concept of cosiness, used to sell everything from fluffy socks to vegan shepherd’s pie. But the version we’re buying is a British invention – and the real thing is less cuddly than it seems

Life with migraines: ‘It feels like a creature is pushing itself through my skull’ – podcast

28:56 | Dec 5th, 2016

When I was 26, I started suffering from dizziness, brain fog, fatigue and chronic pain. I’d had migraines since childhood, but these felt different

The shocking murder of Spain’s most flamboyant politician – podcast

37:44 | Dec 2nd, 2016

The brazen killing of Isabel Carrasco scandalised the nation. But when police began to investigate, they uncovered an even darker story of power, corruption and betrayal.

How the education gap is tearing politics apart – podcast

28:44 | Nov 29th, 2016

In the year of Trump and Brexit, education has become the greatest divide of all – splitting voters into two increasingly hostile camps. But don’t assume this is simply a clash between the ignorant and the enlightened

The ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe’s new far right – podcast

41:45 | Nov 25th, 2016

Across the continent, rightwing populist parties have seized control of the political conversation. How have they done it? By stealing the language, causes and voters of the traditional left

Still ticking: The improbable survival of the luxury watch business – podcast

37:08 | Nov 21st, 2016

In an increasingly digital world, people are still willing to spend huge amounts on analogue timepieces. The question is, why?

A lynching in Georgia: the living memorial to America’s history of racist violence – podcast

40:26 | Nov 18th, 2016

There are still no national monuments to the thousands of black Americans killed during a century of lynchings. But for 12 years, activists in Georgia have been re-enacting the infamous 1946 murders of two black men and their wives.

Revenge of the tabloids – podcast

47:59 | Nov 14th, 2016

Rocked by the phone-hacking scandal and haemorrhaging readers, the rightwing tabloids seemed to be yesterday’s news. But now, in Theresa May’s Brexit Britain, they look more powerful than ever

The cult of the expert and how it collapsed - podcast

35:22 | Nov 11th, 2016

Led by a class of omnipotent central bankers, experts have gained extraordinary political power. Will a populist backlash shatter their technocratic dream?

Is China’s gaokao the world’s toughest school exam? – podcast

32:58 | Nov 4th, 2016

Chinese children must endure years of stress and impossible expectations preparing for their final school exam. The students who do best can look forward to glittering careers and even good marriage prospects. But for the less successful, the system ...Show More

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster – podcast

32:36 | Oct 31st, 2016

We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?

The man who brought you Brexit - podcast

40:48 | Oct 28th, 2016

Britain’s vote to leave the EU was the grand finale of a 25-year campaign by a lonely sect of true believers. Daniel Hannan wrote the script

Liquid assets: how the business of bottled water went mad – podcast

36:44 | Oct 24th, 2016

How did a substance that falls from the air, springs from the earth and comes out of your tap become a hyperactive multibillion-dollar business?

Who murdered Giulio Regeni? – Audio Long Reads podcast

37:59 | Oct 21st, 2016

When the battered body of a Cambridge PhD student was found outside Cairo, Egyptian police claimed he had been hit by a car. Then they said he was the victim of a robbery. Then they blamed a conspiracy against Egypt. But in a digital age, it’s harder...Show More

What the cleaner saw: secrets of strangers' apartments – podcast

24:02 | Oct 17th, 2016

When I took a job cleaning New York apartments, I had no idea what I would find out about my clients

Man v rat: could the long war soon be over? – podcast

36:31 | Oct 14th, 2016

Rats spread disease, decimate crops and very occasionally eat people alive. For centuries, we have struggled to find an effective way of controlling their numbers. Until now…

The race to save a dying language – podcast

29:19 | Oct 3rd, 2016

The discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013 amazed linguists. But as the number of users dwindles, can it survive the twin threats of globalisation and a rift in the community?

Fear of the light: why we need darkness - podcast

29:01 | Sep 30th, 2016

Light pollution conceals true darkness from 80% of Europe and North America. What do we lose when we can no longer see the stars?

Truth, beauty and annihilation: my quest for chess mastery – podcast

25:24 | Sep 26th, 2016

When I hit a slump in middle age, I set out on a quest to see if playing better chess would make me a better person. I was unprepared for the pain of defeat

Does the left have a future? – podcast

31:44 | Sep 23rd, 2016

All over the west, the left is in crisis. It cannot find answers to three urgent problems: the disruptive force of globalisation, the rise of populist nationalism, and the decline of traditional work

How the ‘Great Paradox’ of American politics holds the secret to Trump’s success – podcast

36:42 | Sep 19th, 2016

In the heartland of the American right, people harmed by polluting industries have instead come to hate the government whose environmental regulations protect them. Now they’re voting for Donald Trump

Welcome to demokrasi: how Erdoğan got more popular than ever – Audio Long Reads podcast

37:20 | Sep 16th, 2016

After a decade in power, Turkey’s ruler presides over a new form of democracy that the west neither likes nor understands: an authoritarian regime that exalts the will of the majority

The perils of being your own doctor – podcast

31:42 | Sep 12th, 2016

When an experienced physician became convinced he had ALS, none of the specialists he consulted could persuade him he was perfectly healthy

Notorious Victoria: the first woman to run for president – podcast

29:57 | Sep 9th, 2016

More than a century before Hillary Clinton, ‘Notorious Victoria’ Woodhull made a bid for the White House – a pioneering protest for which she was called ‘Mrs Satan’ and sent to jail

The dark history of Donald Trump's rightwing revolt – podcast

40:11 | Sep 2nd, 2016

The Republican intellectual establishment is united against Trump – but his message of cultural and racial resentment has deep roots in the American right

How did one of the worst paedophiles in history get away with his crimes? – podcast

37:55 | Aug 15th, 2016

For more than 40 years, William James Vahey drugged and abused hundreds of pupils at international schools around the world. A Guardian investigation reveals that, despite numerous opportunities to stop him, nothing was done

The Very Quiet Foreign Girls poetry group - podcast

27:43 | Aug 5th, 2016

When Kate Clanchy began teaching the children of refugees, she sought out those silenced by trauma and loss. Their weekly sessions released a torrent of untold stories

Magic out of mould: inside the world’s wildest restaurant – podcast

39:00 | Jul 29th, 2016

In an age when chefs are regularly compared to artists and philosophers, Magnus Nilsson is among the world’s most renowned. But is the simple act of cooking ever worthy of such veneration?

How technology disrupted the truth – podcast

37:26 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

How remain failed: the inside story of a doomed campaign – podcast

42:55 | Jul 15th, 2016

They promised it would be an easy victory. But they had no idea what was about to hit them

Is this the world’s most radical mayor? – podcast

30:28 | Jul 11th, 2016

When Ada Colau was elected mayor of Barcelona, she became a figurehead of the new leftwing politics sweeping Spain. The question she now faces is a vital one for the left across Europe – can she really put her ideas into practice?

Brexit: a disaster decades in the making – podcast

31:16 | Jul 8th, 2016

On the day after the EU referendum, many Britons woke up feeling that the country had changed overnight. But the forces that brought us here have been gathering for a very long time

The fall: how diving became football’s worst crime – podcast

30:31 | Jul 4th, 2016

In a game with many forms of foul play, the dive now inspires a particular moralistic outrage

Europhobia: a very British problem – podcast

27:35 | Jul 1st, 2016

Last month’s vote was about more than whether Britain stays in the EU. Behind the present turmoil lurks a desperate need to find our national identity

Welcome to the age of Trump

35:50 | Jun 24th, 2016

Whether he wins the US presidency or not, his rise reveals a growing attraction to political demagogues – and points to a wider crisis of democracy

A radical approach to gun crime: paying people not to kill each other

46:20 | Jun 20th, 2016

Richmond, California had a murder rate 11 times higher than New York City. A controversial scheme cut the number of victims in half – but not everyone is happy

The foul reign of the biological clock

31:59 | Jun 17th, 2016

It seems like the concept of the biological clock has been with us for ever. In fact, the metaphor was invented in the late 1970s. And it has been used to reinforce sexist ideas ever since

The retired cops investigating unsolved murders in one of America’s most violent cities

37:50 | Jun 13th, 2016

A former murder capital of the US, Camden, New Jersey has created its first cold case squad. Can solving old killings help restore an embattled community’s trust in law and order?

How Uber conquered London

44:01 | Jun 10th, 2016

To understand how the $60bn company is taking over the world, you need to stop thinking about cars

The gangsters on England's doorstep

42:35 | Jun 6th, 2016

In the bleak flatlands of East Anglia, migrant workers are controlled by criminal gangs, and some are forced to commit crimes to pay off their debts. This is what happens when cheap labour is our only priority

How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

32:43 | Jun 3rd, 2016

Long before Edward Snowden went public, John Crane was a top Pentagon official fighting to protect NSA whistleblowers. Instead their lives were ruined – and so was his

The inside story of Facebook’s biggest setback

38:13 | May 30th, 2016

The social network had a grand plan to connect millions of Indians to the internet. Here’s how it all went wrong

‘That thing gnawing away at all of us’: Calais and the shantytown on its doorstep

32:57 | May 27th, 2016

Once a centre of industry as well as a prosperous port, the city is now synonymous with the misery of migrants, and its residents are not enjoying their notoriety

Tudormania: Why can’t we get over it?

29:33 | May 23rd, 2016

Our fixation with the sexy powerplays of the Tudor court shows no signs of fading. What is it about this 16th-century dynasty that still obsesses us?

The shelter that gives wine to alcoholics

37:59 | May 16th, 2016

Giving free booze to homeless alcoholics sounds crazy. But it may be the key to helping them live a stable life

The clean, green and slightly bonkers world of CBeebies

25:51 | May 13th, 2016

CBeebies isn’t just a channel, it’s a culture – and as a new parent you have little choice but to surrender to it

Offshore in central London: the curious case of 29 Harley Street

31:56 | May 6th, 2016

On a central London street renowned for high-class healthcare sits a property that houses 2,159 companies. Why has this prestigious address been used so many times as a centre for elaborate international fraud?

The lawyer who takes the cases no one wants

37:38 | May 3rd, 2016

It has never been easy to win as an immigration lawyer – but now the government is trying to make it impossible

How Boots went rogue

43:43 | Apr 29th, 2016

Britain’s biggest pharmacy used to be a family business, dedicated to serving society. Now, many of the company’s own staff believe that its relentless drive for profit is putting the public at risk

Ugg: the look that refused to die

32:56 | Apr 25th, 2016

How an ostentatiously ugly Australian boot defied fashion’s laws of gravity

The sugar conspiracy

43:49 | Apr 22nd, 2016

In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

The aggressive, outrageous, infuriating (and ingenious) rise of BrewDog

40:39 | Apr 15th, 2016

Once known more for its stunts than its beers, the ‘punk’ Scottish brewer is now the UK’s fastest-growing drinks company. You have a problem with that?

‘Fitbit for your period’: the rise of fertility tracking

35:42 | Apr 11th, 2016

Investors are pouring money into apps that allow women to track their fertility. Can tech companies use data to change the world of women’s reproductive health?

The missing: what have they done with our sons?

41:19 | Apr 8th, 2016

To lose a child in war is a nightmare. But when your quest to find them is met with lies, it’s a nightmare that never ends. Lily Hyde travels with the Ukrainian mothers seeking their sons

Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco

30:54 | Apr 4th, 2016

Alejandro Nieto was killed by police in the neighbourhood where he spent his whole life. Did he die because a few white newcomers saw him as a menacing outsider?

Welcome to the land that no country wants

37:07 | Apr 1st, 2016

In 2014, an American dad claimed a tiny parcel of African land to make his daughter a princess. But Jack Shenker had got there first – and learned that states and borders are volatile and delicate things

Cancer cons, phoney accidents and fake deaths: meet the internet hoax buster

36:05 | Mar 28th, 2016

After Taryn Wright exposed an elaborate fake tragedy on Facebook, she found herself leading a squad of online detectives – but on the internet, it doesn’t take long for a crowd to become a mob

My uncle and heroin: ‘What surprises me most – you have no teeth’

43:57 | Mar 25th, 2016

When her uncle turned up in a shelter in New York, Sarah Resnick experienced first-hand the devastation that can be caused by heroin. She also discovered, in spite of alarmist headlines about the new “heroin scourge”, how little is known about how to...Show More

What should we do about paedophiles?

34:58 | Mar 21st, 2016

They have committed unspeakable crimes that demand harsh punishment. But most will eventually be set free. Are we prepared to support efforts to rehabilitate them?