The audio long read

The audio long read

How the media contributed to the migrant crisis

Disaster reporting plays to set ideas about people from ‘over there’. Help support our independent journalism at...

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Speed kills: are police chases out of control?

The public expects cops to pursue the bad guys. But a shocking tally of deaths has exposed how often these chases put...

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From ball pits to water slides: the designer who changed children’s playgrounds for ever

Eric McMillan revolutionised playground design in the 1970s. Why has the spirit of experimental play that he...

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Dying the Christian Science way: the horror of my father’s last days

The anti-medical dogma of Christian Science led my father to an agonising death. Now the church itself is in decline...

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Enslaved on a British cannabis farm: ‘The plants were more valuable than my life’

Minh was 16 when he was kidnapped, raped and trafficked to the UK, and then locked up and forced to grow cannabis....

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Boar wars: how wild hogs are trashing European cities

They have become a menace in European cities. In Barcelona, where wild boar are jostling tourists and raiding rubbish...

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How Britain can help you get away with stealing millions: a five-step guide

Dirty money needs laundering if it’s to be of any use – and the UK is the best place in the world to do it. By Oliver...

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‘State capture’: the corruption investigation that has shaken South Africa

Gavin Watson was a hero of the struggle against apartheid. But this once-powerful businessman is now caught up in a...

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The rise and fall of French cuisine

French food was the envy of the world – before it became trapped by its own history. Can a new school of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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? •...

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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...

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The price of plenty: how beef changed America – podcast

Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry – and created the model for...

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‘Socialism for the rich’: the evils of bad economics – podcast

The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality – and gave the...

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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...

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‘A zombie party’: the deepening crisis of conservatism – podcast

The traditional right is clinging on to power – but its ideas are dead in the water • Read the text version here....

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