The audio long read

The audio long read

'I just needed to find my family': the scandal of Chile's stolen children – podcast

At two months old, Maria Diemar was flown to Sweden to be adopted. Years later, she tracked down her birth mother,...

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From the archive: 'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new...

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Brazilian butt lift: behind the world's most dangerous cosmetic surgery – podcast

The BBL is the fastest growing cosmetic surgery in the world, despite the mounting number of deaths resulting from...

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Penthouses and poor doors: how Europe's 'biggest regeneration project' fell flat

Few places have seen such turbocharged luxury development as Nine Elms on the London riverside. So why are prices...

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From the archives: The race to build the world’s first sex robot

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new...

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‘A managerial Mephistopheles’: inside the mind of Jeff Bezos

The Amazon founder’s relentless quest for ‘customer ecstasy’ made him one of the world’s...

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One drug dealer, two corrupt cops and a risky FBI sting

Davon Mayer was a smalltime dealer in west Baltimore who made an illicit deal with local police. When they turned on...

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From the archive: PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new...

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How the long fight for slavery reparations is slowly being won

In a suburb of Chicago, the world’s first government-funded slavery reparations programme is beginning. Robin...

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'Our souls are dead': how I survived a Chinese 're-education' camp for Uighurs

After 10 years living in France, I returned to China to sign some papers and I was locked up. For the next two years,...

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From the archives: The booming business of nation branding

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new...

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The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’

Dina Nayeri was just a child when she fled Iran as an asylum seeker. But as she settled into life in the US and then...

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The joys of being an absolute beginner ... for life

The phrase ‘adult beginner’ can sound patronising. It implies you are learning something you should have...

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From the archive: Why did two parents murder their adopted child?

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new...

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How Julia Donaldson conquered the world, one rhyme at a time

She published her first book in her 40s and became the biggest selling author of the past decade in any genre –...

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Super cubes: inside the (surprisingly) big business of packaged ice

Britain’s leading ice company makes five billion cubes a year, filling everything from cocktail glasses to ice...

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From the archive: Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new...

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Trump's defeat and the death throes of the Civil War

How Republicans applied old school racism to new demographics, and lost. By Gary Younge. Help support our independent...

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'Singing and dancing to their deaths': football’s forgotten tragedy

In 1971, an Old Firm derby at Ibrox ended with the death of 66 fans as they celebrated a late goal. John Hodgman...

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From the archives: Total recall: the people who never forget

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new...

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