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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 Guardian has to offer: in-depth writing from around t… read more

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

January 21st, 2019

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

January 18th, 2019

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

January 14th, 2019

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

January 11th, 2019

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

January 7th, 2019

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

January 4th, 2019

Saifullah Paracha, the oldest prisoner in Guantánamo Bay, will probably die in detention without ever being charged. His son is currently in a US …

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

December 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

December 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

December 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

December 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

December 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

December 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

December 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 …

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

December 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

December 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 • …

The making of an opioid epidemic – podcast

December 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

November 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 …

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

November 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

November 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

November 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

November 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, …

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

November 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

November 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

November 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

November 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

October 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 …

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

October 26th, 2018

For three years, Miqdaad Versi has waged a quixotic – and always scrupulously courteous – campaign against the endless errors and distortions in …

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

October 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 …

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

October 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 • …

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

October 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? • …

How Robyn transformed pop – podcast

October 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

October 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

October 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 …

Finally, a cure for insomnia? – podcast

October 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

September 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 …

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

September 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

September 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 …

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

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

September 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 …

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

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

September 7th, 2018

The gap between state and private education is reinforcing privilege and harming the prospects of another generation. The only solution is …

Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth – podcast

September 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

August 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 …

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

August 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

August 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 …

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

August 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 …

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

August 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

August 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

August 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 …

The ugly scandal that cancelled the Nobel prize – podcast

August 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

July 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 bitter conflict over Poland’s communist history – podcast

July 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 …

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

July 23rd, 2018

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

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

July 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

July 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

July 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 …

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

July 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. …

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

July 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

June 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 …

Five myths about the refugee crisis – podcast

June 25th, 2018

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

How Britain let Russia hide its dirty money – podcast

June 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 …

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

June 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 …

Has wine gone bad? – podcast

June 11th, 2018

‘Natural wine’ advocates say everything about the modern industry is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong – and have triggered the …

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

June 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 …

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

June 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

June 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 …

The spectacular power of Big Lens – podcast

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

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 …

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

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

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

How to get rich quick in Silicon Valley – podcast

April 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

April 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

April 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 …

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

April 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

April 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

April 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

March 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

March 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 …

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

March 23rd, 2018

Last year Northern Irish paramilitary Gary Haggarty pleaded guilty to hundreds of violent crimes, including many killings – while working for the …

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

March 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 …

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

March 16th, 2018

For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will …

Yes, bacon really is killing us – podcast

March 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

March 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

March 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

March 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 …

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

February 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

February 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

February 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

February 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

February 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

February 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 diabolical genius of the baby advice industry – podcast

February 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 …

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

January 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

January 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

January 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

January 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

January 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 …
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