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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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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
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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
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31:56 | Sep 20th

AI and brain-scanning technology could soon make it possible to reliably detect when people are lying. But do we really want to know? By Amit Katwala. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">thegua...Show More

27:11 | Sep 16th

Social media was supposed to liberate us, but for many people it has proved addictive, punishing and toxic. What keeps us hooked? By Richard Seymour. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguar...Show More

25:10 | Sep 13th

People often complain that English is deteriorating under the influence of new technology, adolescent fads and loose grammar. Why does this nonsensical belief persist? By David Shariatmadari. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https:...Show More

38:32 | Sep 9th

Thanks to his clever use of social media, he was dubbed the first prime minister of the Instagram age – but after four years in power, cracks in his image have started to show. By Ashifa Kassam. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="htt...Show More

33:47 | Sep 6th

The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there any way out of this trap? By Stephen Buranyi. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longrea...Show More

40:38 | Sep 2nd

Fairtrade changed the way we shop. But major companies have started to abandon it and set up their own in-house imitations – threatening the very idea of fair trade. By Samanth Subramanian. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://...Show More

40:36 | Aug 30th

They hate Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. They no longer trust the BBC. They love civil servants, legal experts and James O’Brien. And now, consumed by the battle against Brexit, hardcore remainers are no longer the moderates. By Daniel Cohen. Help ...Show More

20:37 | Aug 26th

Disaster reporting plays to set ideas about people from ‘over there’. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadpod</a>

52:48 | Aug 23rd

The public expects cops to pursue the bad guys. But a shocking tally of deaths has exposed how often these chases put the public at risk. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/lon...Show More

24:42 | Aug 19th

Eric McMillan revolutionised playground design in the 1970s. Why has the spirit of experimental play that he championed been lost?. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadp...Show More

38:12 | Aug 16th

The anti-medical dogma of Christian Science led my father to an agonising death. Now the church itself is in decline – and it can’t happen fast enough. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">thegu...Show More

33:25 | Aug 12th

Minh was 16 when he was kidnapped, raped and trafficked to the UK, and then locked up and forced to grow cannabis. But when the police found him, he was treated like a criminal rather than a victim. By Annie Kelly. Help support our independent journa...Show More

40:02 | Aug 9th

They have become a menace in European cities. In Barcelona, where wild boar are jostling tourists and raiding rubbish bins, the fightback has begun. By Bernhard Warner. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/l...Show More

28:19 | Aug 5th

Dirty money needs laundering if it’s to be of any use – and the UK is the best place in the world to do it. By Oliver Bullough. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadpod</...Show More

41:24 | Aug 2nd

Gavin Watson was a hero of the struggle against apartheid. But this once-powerful businessman is now caught up in a sweeping inquiry that goes to the heart of how a nation is run. By Mark Gevisser. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="...Show More

32:34 | Jul 29th

French food was the envy of the world – before it became trapped by its own history. Can a new school of traditionalists revive its glories? By Wendell Steavenson. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longre...Show More

39:59 | Jul 26th

After decades of rightwing dominance, a transatlantic movement of leftwing economists is building a practical alternative to neoliberalism. By Andy Beckett. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">...Show More

1:01:58 | Jul 19th

How the Italian mafia makes millions by exploiting migrants. By Tobias Jones and Ayo Awokoya. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadpod</a>

39:26 | Jul 12th

From Loadsamoney and ‘Basildon man’ to Towie and Brexit – Essex has long been held up as both the authentic England and the crudest, stupidest symbol of Englishness • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="htt...Show More

33:17 | Jul 8th

It is sold as a force that can help us cope with the ravages of capitalism, but with its inward focus, mindful meditation may be the enemy of activism • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.thegu...Show More

39:57 | Jul 5th

As the capture and conviction of Mexico’s notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesn’t mean taking down the organisation • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/long...Show More

27:13 | Jun 28th

It is the one medicine we reach for whenever our babies are feverish or in pain. What’s the secret of its success? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian....Show More

29:25 | Jun 21st

When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard – by becoming a taekwondo champion • Read the text version here. Help support our independent j...Show More

32:33 | Jun 17th

Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry – and created the model for modern agribusiness • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longread...Show More

26:21 | Jun 14th

The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality – and gave the false impression that this outcome was not only inevitable, but good • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journa...Show More

37:46 | Jun 10th

Human activity has transformed the Earth – but scientists are divided about whether this is really a turning point in geological history • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lon...Show More

37:37 | Jun 7th

The traditional right is clinging on to power – but its ideas are dead in the water • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadpod</a>

34:05 | Jun 3rd

The former Ukip leader forged an alliance with the Five Star Movement just as they bulldozed Italian politics using a tightly controlled digital operation. And now he’s putting their techniques to work in Britain • Read the text version here. Help su...Show More

29:42 | May 31st

She was fired by Emmerdale, injected some much-needed grit into Coronation Street and struck gold with Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley. Now Sally Wainwright is going international • Read the text version here. Help support our independent jour...Show More

33:48 | May 27th

Three decades ago, Olof Palme was assassinated on Stockholm’s busiest street. The killer has never been found. Could the discovery of new evidence finally close the case? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a hre...Show More

27:16 | May 24th

In 2001, a smugglers’ yacht washed up in the Azores and disgorged its contents. The island of São Miguel was quickly flooded with high-grade cocaine – and nearly 20 years on, it is still feeling the effects • Read the text version here. Help support ...Show More

35:13 | May 20th

Is engagement with current affairs key to being a good citizen? Or could an endless torrent of notifications be harming democracy as well as our wellbeing? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www....Show More

36:22 | May 17th

Amid the convulsions in the years following the Arab Spring, Peter Hessler went to the ancient city of Amarna, site of another short-lived attempt to remake a nation • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="ht...Show More

35:51 | May 13th

For decades, many psychiatrists believed depression was a uniquely western phenomenon. But in the last few years, a new movement has turned this thinking on its head • Warning: this article contains discussion of suicide • Read the text version here....Show More

43:03 | May 10th

The ‘wolf pack’ case inspired widespread anger and protests against sexual assault laws in Spain. But the anti-feminist backlash that followed has helped propel the far right to its biggest gains since Franco. • Warning: this episode contains strong ...Show More

38:32 | May 6th

For a century, the humble paper towel has dominated public toilets. But a new generation of hand dryers has sparked a war for loo supremacy • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/...Show More

26:01 | May 3rd

In my career, I have investigated many of the UK’s worst disasters. Few cases were as harrowing as the sinking of the Marchioness in 1989, which left scores dead and almost impossible to identify • Warning: this piece contains graphic descriptions of...Show More

47:38 | Apr 26th

After her son was born prematurely, Tahmima Anam thought the worst was behind her. But when he was allowed to come home two months later, a new problem emerged: he refused to eat • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism a...Show More

27:35 | Apr 22nd

Smartphones and the internet gave the Uighurs a sense of their own identity – but now the Chinese state is using technology to strip them of it Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.co...Show More

43:22 | Apr 19th

Calamities such as Fyre festival have tarnished the booming business of YouTube and Instagram stars. Now the industry’s top tastemakers have a new plan: keeping it real Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="h...Show More

21:52 | Apr 15th

The spectre of superintelligent machines doing us harm is not just science fiction, technologists say – so how can we ensure AI remains ‘friendly’ to its makers? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https:...Show More

23:25 | Apr 12th

Millions of us now have virtual assistants, in our homes and our pockets. Even children’s toys are getting smart. But when we talk to them, who is listening? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://ww...Show More

37:40 | Apr 8th

China’s leaders have championed milk as the emblem of a modern, affluent society – but their radical plan to triple the nation’s consumption will have a huge environmental cost • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at ...Show More

39:01 | Apr 5th

After decades of hostility, a shared hatred of Iran – and a mutual fondness for Trump – is bringing Israel’s secret links with Gulf kingdoms out into the open • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://w...Show More

26:35 | Apr 3rd

The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal was suppressed for years – while we should have been driving electric cars • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadpod...Show More

34:52 | Apr 1st

What happens when a forklift goes through your Picasso? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadpod</a>

28:15 | Mar 25th

Decades of studying primates has convinced me that animal politics are not so different from our own – and even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at <a ...Show More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadpod</a>

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://www.theguardian.com/longreadpod">theguardian.com/longreadpod</a>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30:13 | Jan 21st

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

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

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

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

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

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

31:51 | Dec 31st, 2018

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

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

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

49:50 | Dec 24th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

48:55 | May 25th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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29:25 | Apr 16th, 2018

How a homeless child grew up to become the most inventive chef in history • Read the text version here
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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40:45 | Feb 9th, 2018

How a late-blossoming classics don became Britain’s most beloved intellectual Read the text version here
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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33:47 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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