The audio long read

The audio long read

Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels

For decades, the world of romantic fiction has been divided by a heated debate about racism and diversity. Is there...

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Flour power: meet the bread heads baking a better loaf

The days of the mass-produced pappy white British supermarket loaf may be numbered. Meet the bread heads...

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‘I’ve been here 50 years’: the EU citizens struggling for the right to stay in Britain

If they don’t secure the correct status, most EU nationals living in the UK post-Brexit will be classified as illegal...

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‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis

A surge in anxiety and stress is sweeping UK campuses. What is troubling students, and is it the universities’ job to...

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The girl in the box: the mysterious crime that shocked Germany

On 15 September 1981, 10-year-old Ursula Herrmann headed home by bike from her cousin’s house. She never arrived. So...

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Ship of horrors: life and death on the lawless high seas

From bullying and sexual assault to squalid living conditions and forced labour, working at sea can be a grim...

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The myth of Eurabia: how a far-right conspiracy theory went mainstream

Once an obscure idea confined to the darker corners of the internet, the anti-Islam ideology is now visible in the...

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Why can’t we agree on what’s true any more?

It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have...

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Dark crystals: the brutal reality behind a booming wellness craze

Demand for ‘healing’ crystals is soaring – but many are mined in deadly conditions in one of the world’s poorest...

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The cult of Columbine: how an obsession with school shooters led to a murder plot

How two lonely outsiders met online and discovered their passion – planning a massacre at a shopping mall. By Rachel...

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Inside the bizarre, bungled raid on North Korea's Madrid embassy

In February, a gang of armed men took a North Korean official hostage and demanded that he defect. When he refused,...

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Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman

How we became suckers for the hard labor of self-optimization. By Jia Tolentino. Help support our independent...

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The race to create a perfect lie detector, and the dangers of succeeding

AI and brain-scanning technology could soon make it possible to reliably detect when people are lying. But do we...

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The machine always wins: what drives our addiction to social media

Social media was supposed to liberate us, but for many people it has proved addictive, punishing and toxic. What...

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Why it’s time to stop worrying about the decline of the English language

People often complain that English is deteriorating under the influence of new technology, adolescent fads and loose...

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Justin Trudeau: the rise and fall of a political brand

Thanks to his clever use of social media, he was dubbed the first prime minister of the Instagram age – but after...

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The air conditioning trap: how cold air is heating the world

The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there...

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Is fair trade finished?

Fairtrade changed the way we shop. But major companies have started to abandon it and set up their own in-house...

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‘Loud, obsessive, tribal’: the radicalisation of remain

They hate Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. They no longer trust the BBC. They love civil servants, legal experts and...

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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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