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The Guardian's Audio Long Reads

The Guardian's Audio Long Reads

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 the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more.

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The new left economics: how a network of thinkers is transforming capitalism

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-07-26
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Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?

How the Italian mafia makes millions by exploiting migrants. By Tobias Jones and Ayo Awokoya. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-07-19
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The invention of Essex: how a county became a caricature

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. By Tim Burrows. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-07-12
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The mindfulness conspiracy

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-07-08
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El Chapo: what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-07-05
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Why parents are addicted to Calpol

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-06-28
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'I wouldn't be the refugee, I'd be the girl who kicked ass': how taekwondo made me

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 journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-06-21
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The price of plenty: how beef changed America

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-06-17
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?Socialism for the rich?: the evils of bad economics

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 journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-06-14
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The Anthropocene epoch: have we entered a new phase of planetary history?

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-06-10
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?A zombie party?: the deepening crisis of conservatism

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-06-07
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Building the Brexit party: how Nigel Farage copied Italy's digital populists

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 support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-06-03
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From The Archers to HBO: how Sally Wainwright conquered TV

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 journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-31
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Who killed the prime minister? The unsolved murder that still haunts Sweden

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-27
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Blow up: how half a tonne of cocaine transformed the life of an island

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 our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-24
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How the news took over reality

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-20
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Into the pharaoh's chamber: how I fell in love with ancient Egypt

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-17
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Busting the myth that depression doesn't affect people in poor countries

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. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-13
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The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spain?s feminists and the far right

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 language and descriptions of sexual abuse. ? Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-10
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Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-06
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How to identify a body: the Marchioness disaster and my life in forensic pathology

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 dead bodies ? Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-05-03
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?For five years we dreaded every meal?: my infant son?s struggle with food

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 at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-26
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China?s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-22
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?It?s genuine, you know??: why the online influencer industry is going ?authentic?

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-19
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Can we stop AI outsmarting humanity?

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-15
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Smart talking: are our devices threatening our privacy?

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-12
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Can the world quench China?s bottomless thirst for milk?

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-08
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Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-05
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Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-03
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How to move a masterpiece: the secret business of shipping priceless artworks

What happens when a forklift goes through your Picasso? ? Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-04-01
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What animals can teach us about politics

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-03-25
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How violent American vigilantes at the border led to Trump?s wall

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-03-22
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The Aldi effect: how one discount supermarket transformed the way Britain shops

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-03-18
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Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-03-15
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Spain?s Watergate: inside the corruption scandal that changed a nation

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 the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-03-11
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How the world got hooked on palm oil

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-03-08
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How the US has hidden its empire

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-03-04
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How a Slovakian neo-Nazi got elected

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-03-01
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The battle for the future of Stonehenge

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-02-25
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The class pay gap: why it pays to be privileged

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 theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-02-22
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Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich

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
2019-02-18
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The Money Saving Expert: how Martin Lewis became the most trusted man in Britain

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
2019-02-15
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White gold: the unstoppable rise of alternative milks

How wellness upstarts spoiled milk?s healthy reputation ? and built a billion-dollar industry from juicing oats and nuts ? Read the text version here
2019-02-11
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How a deluge of money nearly broke the Premier League

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
2019-02-08
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Rwanda?s Khashoggi: who killed the exiled spy chief?

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
2019-02-04
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Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?

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
2019-02-01
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When the ice melts: the catastrophe of vanishing glaciers

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
2019-01-28
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?We the people?: the battle to define populism

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
2019-01-25
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Protein mania: the rich world?s new diet obsession

Why we can?t get enough when we already eat too much ? Read the text version here
2019-01-21
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Why exercise alone won?t save us

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
2019-01-18
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