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From the archive: Five myths about the refugee crisis

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past,...

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How Putin’s invasion returned Nato to the centre stage

For the first time in years, its role has become a topic of furious debate. But what do we talk...

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A day in the life of (almost) every vending machine in the world

What’s behind the indestructible appeal of the robotic snack?. Help support our independent...

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From the archive: The retired cops investigating unsolved murders in one of America’s most violent cities

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past,...

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‘A disaster waiting to happen’: who was really responsible for the fire at Moria refugee camp?

Days after fire destroyed the overcrowded camp, six inmates were charged with arson. Greece is...

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The lost Jews of Nigeria

Until the 1990s, there were almost no Jews in Nigeria. Now thousands have enthusiastically taken...

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From the archive: Has wine gone bad?

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past,...

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Shrinking the Gap: how the clothing brand lost its way

Gap’s clothes defined an era, but the brand has been steadily declining for years. Can a...

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‘A nursery of the Commons’: how the Oxford Union created today’s ruling political class

At the Oxford university debating society in the 80s, a generation of aspiring politicians honed...

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From the archive: why we stopped trusting elites

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past,...

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The queen of crime-solving

Forensic scientist Angela Gallop has helped to crack many of the UK’s most notorious murder...

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‘The casino beckons’: my journey inside the cryptosphere

Not all cryptocurrency investors fit the cliches. Many are people looking to somehow claw their...

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From the archive: Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past,...

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How we lost our sensory connection with food – and how to restore it

To eat in the modern world is often to eat in a state of profound sensory disengagement. It...

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How to stop China and the US going to war

Armed conflict between the world’s two superpowers, while not yet inevitable, has become a...

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From the archive: Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past,...

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How south London became a talent factory for Black British footballers

From the playing fields of Lewisham and Bromley to the Premier League, south London’s...

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Hustle and hype: the truth about the influencer economy

More and more young people are enticed by the glittering promises of a career as an influencer...

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

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past,...

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The long, disorienting search to diagnose my mystery illness

I sought knowledge of my malfunctioning body wherever I could. But every test just left me deeper...

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