The audio long read

The audio long read

How the killing of an abusive father by his daughters fuelled Russia's culture wars

The notorious case of three teenage sisters inspired a campaign for change – and a backlash from the patriarchy. By...

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Was the Millennium Dome really so bad? The inside story of a (not so) total disaster

Even before it opened, the Dome had become a byword for failure. But two decades on, it could be time for a...

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Golden Dawn: the rise and fall of Greece’s neo-Nazis

A decade ago, violent racists exploited a national crisis and entered mainstream politics in Greece. The party has...

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Why we need worst-case thinking to prevent pandemics

Threats to humanity, and how we address them, define our time. Why are we still so complacent about facing up to...

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What Noma did next: how the ‘New Nordic’ is reshaping the food world

In our time of climate crisis and inequality, as top chefs dream less of Michelin stars and more of changing the...

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Question time: my life as a quiz obsessive

I’ve taken part in quizzes all my life: in schools, in pubs and on TV shows, from India to the US. But the biggest...

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The end of farming?

For decades, the way we farm has been degrading land and destroying wildlife. Now there’s a revolution coming – but...

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Inside the mind of Dominic Cummings

He is now the country’s de facto project manager, but what does he actually believe? In a bid to find out, I read...

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How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket

It’s cheap, attractive and convenient, and we eat it every day – it’s difficult not to. But is ultra-processed food...

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Tampon wars: the battle to overthrow the Tampax empire

For decades, one company has ruled the world of tampons. But a new wave of brands has emerged, selling themselves as...

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History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future

Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also...

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Magic moments: the indestructible appeal of easy listening radio

In the age of streaming and limitless choice, Magic Radio pulls in millions of listeners. What is it that keeps...

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What I have learned from my suicidal patients

A GP has minutes to try to convince a person that life is worth living. It’s a challenge that brings rare rewards. By...

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False witness: why is the US still using hypnosis to convict criminals?

For decades, US law enforcement has used ‘forensic hypnosis’ to help solve crimes – yet despite growing evidence that...

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Kudos, leaderboards, QOMs: how fitness app Strava became a religion

The Strava app offers community, training data and motivation to millions of athletes. Even runners who dislike tech...

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The weird magic of eiderdown

In Iceland, the harvesting of these precious feathers has created a peculiar bond between human and duck. What can...

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A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel

What links an eccentric Oxford classics don, billionaire US evangelicals, and a tiny, missing fragment of an ancient...

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The Zaghari-Ratcliffes' ordeal: British arrogance, secret arms deals and Whitehall infighting

While his wife suffers in an Iranian jail, Richard Ratcliffe fights on for her release. But he fears she cannot cope...

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Bring up the bodies: the retired couple who find drowning victims

Gene and Sandy Ralston are a married couple in their 70s, who also happen to be among North America’s leading experts...

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How the US helped create El Salvador’s bloody gang war

The story of El Salvador’s gang problem is a study in shortsighted thinking – and Donald Trump’s policies threaten to...

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