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The Guardian's Audio Long Reads

The Guardian's Audio Long Reads

The Audio Long Reads podcast is a selection of the  Guardian?s long reads, giving you the opportunity to get on with your day while listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer, including in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more

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Kudos, leaderboards, QOMs: how fitness app Strava became a religion

The Strava app offers community, training data and motivation to millions of athletes. Even runners who dislike tech can?t bear to be without it. By Rose George. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-02-14
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The weird magic of eiderdown

In Iceland, the harvesting of these precious feathers has created a peculiar bond between human and duck. What can this unique relationship teach us? By Edward Posnett. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-02-10
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A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel

What links an eccentric Oxford classics don, billionaire US evangelicals, and a tiny, missing fragment of an ancient manuscript? Charlotte Higgins unravels a multimillion-dollar riddle. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-02-07
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The Zaghari-Ratcliffes' ordeal: British arrogance, secret arms deals and Whitehall infighting

While his wife suffers in an Iranian jail, Richard Ratcliffe fights on for her release. But he fears she cannot cope for much longer. By Patrick Wintour. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-02-03
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Bring up the bodies: the retired couple who find drowning victims

Gene and Sandy Ralston are a married couple in their 70s, who also happen to be among North America?s leading experts at searching for the dead. By Doug Horner. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-31
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How the US helped create El Salvador?s bloody gang war

The story of El Salvador?s gang problem is a study in shortsighted thinking ? and Donald Trump?s policies threaten to make a bad situation even worse. By William Wheeler. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-27
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Freedom without constraints: how the US squandered its cold war victory

The US believed the American way of life was humankind?s ultimate destiny. But unrestrained greed has led to an era of injustice and division. By Andrew Bacevich. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-24
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The empty promises of Marie Kondo and the craze for minimalism

From the ?KonMari method? to Apple?s barely there design philosophy, we are forever being urged to declutter and simplify our lives. But does minimalism really make us any happier? By Kyle Chayka. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-20
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Why WeWork went wrong

The office-space startup took a tumble when investors tired of its messianic CEO and lack of profits. But why were its backers ? the House of Saud among them ? so keen to pour billions into it in the first place? By Matthew Zeitlin. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-17
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Snow machines and fleece blankets: inside the ski industry?s battle with climate change

Hundreds of ski resorts now stand abandoned across the Alps. But some scientists believe they have found a way to keep snow on the ground ? and that it could help vulnerable communities all over the world. By Simon Parkin. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-13
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?Humans were not centre stage?: how ancient cave art puts us in our place

In our self-obsessed age, the anonymous, mysterious cave art of our ancient ancestors is exhilarating. By Barbara Ehrenreich. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-10
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The age of perpetual crisis: how the 2010s disrupted everything but resolved nothing

In an era of bewildering upheaval, how will the past decade be remembered? By Andy Beckett. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-06
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The making of a bedsit Nazi: who was the man who killed Jo Cox?

Three years after the MP?s murder, many questions remain unanswered. By Kester Aspden. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2020-01-03
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Best audio long reads of 2019: 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. By Nicola Davison. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-30
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Best audio long reads of 2019: 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. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-27
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Best audio long reads of 2019: Hand dryers v paper towels

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. By Samanth Subramanian. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-23
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?I've seen death in this city, but nothing as sad as this?: how a ferry disaster exposed the corruption devastating Iraq

As protests against a rotten system continue, the families of 128 drowned civilians await justice. By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-20
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People v mosquitos: what to do about our biggest killer

These tiny pests adapt so successfully to changing conditions that they have become humankind?s deadliest predator. We might soon be able to eradicate them ? but should we? By Timothy Winegard. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-16
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How the right?s radical thinktanks reshaped the Conservative party

In the wake of the Brexit vote, ultra free market thinktanks have gained exceptional access to the heart of Boris Johnson?s government. By Felicity Lawrence, Rob Evans and David Pegg. Additional reporting by Caelainn Barr and Pamela Duncan. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-11
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The great American tax haven: why the super-rich love South Dakota

It?s known for being the home of Mount Rushmore ? and not much else. But thanks to its relish for deregulation, the state is fast becoming the most profitable place for the mega-wealthy to park their billions. By Oliver Bullough. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-09
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How our home delivery habit reshaped the world

The great trick of online retail has been to get us to shop more and think less about how our purchases reach our homes. By Samanth Subramanian. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-06
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How big tech is dragging us towards the next financial crash

Like the big banks, big tech uses its lobbying muscle to avoid regulation, and thinks it should play by different rules. And like the banks, it could be about to wreak financial havoc on us all. By Rana Foroohar. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-12-02
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Who is the real Dice Man? The elusive writer behind the disturbing cult novel

A search for the mysterious author of a counterculture classic led to someone else entirely. Or did it? By Emmanuel Carrère. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-11-29
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'A dizzying maze': how the UK immigration system is geared to reject

Navigating the roadblocks into Britain gets ever more difficult and expensive, as government hostility leaks into every transaction. By Maya Goodfellow. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-11-25
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?Intimate terrorism?: how an abusive relationship led a young woman to kill her partner

Fri Martin?s whole life was controlled by her violent partner until she stabbed him to death. Now her lawyers are challenging her murder conviction. By Sophie Elmhirst. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-11-22
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How liberalism became ?the god that failed? in eastern Europe

After communism fell, the promises of western liberalism to transform central and eastern Europe were never fully realised ? and now we are seeing the backlash. By Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-11-18
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Why do people hate vegans?

It has left the beige-tinted margins and become social media?s most glamorous look. But why does veganism still provoke so much anger? By George Reynolds. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-11-15
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'A body drifted past the window': surviving the Ladbroke Grove train crash

On 5 October 1999, two trains collided at speed in west London, killing both drivers and 29 passengers. Barrister Greg Treverton-Jones, who survived the crash and worked on the harrowing inquiry, pieced together what went wrong. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
2019-11-11
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The real David Attenborough

He is the most beloved figure in Britain, and, at 93, a global superstar. His films long shied away from discussing humanity?s impact on the planet. Now they are sounding the alarm ? but is it too late? By Patrick Barkham. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod