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The audio long read

The contested legacy of the anti-fascist International Brigades

In the 1930s, thousands of men and women around the world enlisted to fight fascism in Spain. Many survivors went on...

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From the archive: Political correctness and how the right invented a phantom enemy

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

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'I have been quiet for 50 years': standing up against sexual abuse at Celtic Boys Club

Many of the perpetrators have been jailed for their crimes. Now a number of survivors and their families claim that...

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China’s memory manipulators

The country’s rulers do not just suppress history, they recreate it to serve the present. They know that, in a...

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From the archives: An American drugs bust in west Africa

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

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Behind China’s ‘pork miracle’: how technology is transforming rural hog farming

As Chinese demand for pork grows and grows, traditional small-scale farms are being replaced by vast, AI-assisted...

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How Syria's disinformation wars destroyed the co-founder of the White Helmets

In November 2019, James Le Mesurier, the British co-founder of the Syrian rescue group, fell to his death in...

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From the archive: The hygge conspiracy

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

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Facts v feelings: how to stop our emotions misleading us

The pandemic has shown how a lack of solid statistics can be dangerous. But even with the firmest of evidence, we...

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How maverick rewilders are trying to turn back the tide of extinction

A handful of radical nature lovers are secretly breeding endangered species and releasing them into the wild. Many...

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From the archives: The fall of Jersey: how a tax haven goes bust

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

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The fatal hike that became a Nazi propaganda coup

In 1936, a school group from south London went on a hike in the Black Forest. Despite the heroic rescue attempts of...

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‘Machines set loose to slaughter’: the dangerous rise of military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical...

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From the archives: The lawyer who takes the cases no one wants

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

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Confessions of a killer policeman

In a state bloodied by decades of armed rebellion, Thounaojam Herojit became one of India’s most deadly police...

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Inside the airline industry's meltdown

Coronavirus has hit few sectors harder than air travel, wiping out tens of thousands of jobs and uncountable billions...

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From the archives: The prison where murderers play for Manchester United

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

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How one man spent 34 years in prison after setting fire to a pair of curtains

David Blagdon’s long-term detention has been described as ‘barbaric’. Whatever his disastrous...

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The disruption con: why big tech’s favourite buzzword is nonsense

How one magic word became a way of justifying Silicon Valley’s unconstrained power. By Adrian Daub. Help...

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From the archives: Time, gentlemen: when will the last all-male clubs admit women?

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

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