The audio long read

The audio long read

From the archives: Who killed the 20th century’s greatest spy?

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

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‘We could see this tsunami of people coming’: inside the secret world of intensive care

Even within a hospital, the ICU can feel like another world. But critical care goes far beyond simply keeping people...

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‘Knowing it could kill you isn’t a deterrent’: the deadly trade in diet pills

DNP is an industrial chemical used in making explosives. If swallowed, it can cause a horrible death – and yet...

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From the archives: Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

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

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Bild, Merkel and the culture wars: the inside story of Germany’s biggest tabloid- podcast

The newspaper Bild has long poured vitriol on the country’s left-wingers and ‘do gooders’. But now...

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'It’s a place where they try to destroy you': why concentration camps are still with us

Mass internment camps did not begin or end with the Nazis – today they are everywhere from China to Europe to...

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'It’s a place where they try to destroy you': why concentration camps are still with us

Mass internment camps did not begin or end with the Nazis – today they are everywhere from China to Europe to...

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From the archives – Ceausescu’s children: life in a Romanian orphanage

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions...

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'Mama Boko Haram': one woman's extraordinary mission to rescue 'her boys' from terrorism

Aisha Wakil knew many of Boko Haram’s fighters as children. Now she uses those ties to broker peace deals,...

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How Nespresso's coffee revolution got ground down

Nestlé’s sleek, chic capsule system changed the way we drink coffee. But in an age when everyone’s a...

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From the archives: The man who was caged in a zoo

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions...

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How Hindu supremacists are tearing India apart

For seven decades, India has been held together by its constitution, which promises equality to all. But Narendra...

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What's wrong with WhatsApp

As social media has become more inhospitable, the appeal of private online groups has grown. But they hold their own...

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From the archives: The man who sleeps in Hitler’s bed

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

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'A chain of stupidity': the Skripal case and the decline of Russia's spy agencies

The unmasking of the Salisbury poisoning suspects by a new digital journalism outfit was an embarrassment for Putin...

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Party and protest: the radical history of gay liberation, Stonewall and Pride

A police raid on a gay bar in New York led to the birth of the Pride movement half a century ago – but the...

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From the archives: Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people?

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions...

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'You have to take action': one hospital cleaner’s journey through the pandemic

After years of outsourcing, many essential staff work for the NHS without receiving its benefits. In one London...

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'You have to take action': one hospital cleaner’s journey through the pandemic

After years of outsourcing, many essential staff work for the NHS without receiving its benefits. In one London...

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The end of tourism?

The pandemic has devastated global tourism, and many will say ‘good riddance’ to overcrowded cities and...

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