The audio long read

The audio long read

'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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From the archives – Karachi vice: inside the city torn apart by killings, extortion and terrorism

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

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My four miscarriages: why is losing a pregnancy so shrouded in mystery?

After losing four pregnancies, Jennie Agg set out to unravel the science of miscarriage. Then, a few months in, she...

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How a small Spanish town became one of Europe's worst Covid-19 hotspots

In the northern region of La Rioja, one medieval town has suffered a particularly deadly outbreak. And in such a...

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From the archives: The clean, green and slightly bonkers world of CBeebies

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 Hong Kong caught fire: the story of a radical uprising

Hong Kong used to be seen as cautious, pragmatic and materialistic. But in the past year, an increasingly bold...

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The power of crowds

Even before the pandemic, mass gatherings were under threat from draconian laws and corporate seizure of public...

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From the archive: One lawyer’s crusade to defend extreme pornography

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

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What black America means to Europe

Many have attempted to claim that ‘things are better here’ for black people than in the US. This ignores...

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The man in the iron lung

When he was six, Paul Alexander contracted polio and was paralysed for life. Today he is 74, and one of the last...

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From the archives: The gangsters on England's doorstep

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

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Extremist cops: how US law enforcement is failing to police itself

For decades, anti-government and white supremacist groups have been attempting to recruit police officers – and the...

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Bad ancestors: does the climate crisis violate the rights of those yet to be born?

Our environmental vandalism has made urgent the question of ethical responsibilities across decades and centuries. By...

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From the archive: Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily?

For the next few weeks we will be raiding the Audio Long Reads archives to bring you some classic pieces from years...

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Cholera and coronavirus: why we must not repeat the same mistakes

Cholera has largely been beaten in the west, but it still kills tens of thousands of people in poorer countries every...

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'The way we get through this is together': the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus

Amid this unfolding disaster, we have seen countless acts of kindness and solidarity. It’s this spirit of generosity...

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From the archives: Gary Younge: Farewell to America

For the next couple of months we will be raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces...

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Can computers ever replace the classroom?

With millions of children shut out of schools worldwide, tech evangelists claim now is the time for AI education. But...

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The sound of icebergs melting: my journey into the Antarctic

Not long after Antarctica recorded some its highest-ever temperatures, I joined a group of scientists studying how...

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