The audio long read

The audio long read

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Audio versions of the Guardian's long reads


Why time management is ruining our lives – podcast  

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed

The big gamble: the dangerous world of British betting shops – podcast  

Bookmakers have become a fixture of the British high street. But the savage murder of a lone employee at a London betting shop has revealed the risks that their workers face

Latin America’s Schindler: a forgotten hero of the 20th century – podcast  

Under General Pinochet’s rule of terror in Chile, one man saved thousands of people from the dictator’s brutal secret police. How did Roberto Kozak do it – and escape death?

Remembrance of tastes past: Syria’s disappearing food culture – podcast  

For Syrians in exile, food is more than a means of sustenance. It is a reminder of the rich and diverse culture being destroyed by civil war

Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy – podcast  

For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right – and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph

Inside Italy’s ultras: the dangerous fans who control the game – podcast  

When a key figure in a powerful ‘ultra’ group killed himself in July, police suspected the mafia was using the ultras to get into the game

Death row: the lawyer who keeps losing – podcast  

A single attorney has had more clients sentenced to death in federal court than any other defence lawyer in America. He’s part of a deeply flawed system that is about to get worse

The hygge conspiracy – podcast  

This year’s most overhyped trend is a wholesome Danish concept of cosiness, used to sell everything from fluffy socks to vegan shepherd’s pie. But the version we’re buying is a British invention – and the real thing is less cuddly than it seems

Life with migraines: ‘It feels like a creature is pushing itself through my skull’ – podcast  

When I was 26, I started suffering from dizziness, brain fog, fatigue and chronic pain. I’d had migraines since childhood, but these felt different

The shocking murder of Spain’s most flamboyant politician – podcast  

The brazen killing of Isabel Carrasco scandalised the nation. But when police began to investigate, they uncovered an even darker story of power, corruption and betrayal.

How the education gap is tearing politics apart – podcast  

In the year of Trump and Brexit, education has become the greatest divide of all – splitting voters into two increasingly hostile camps. But don’t assume this is simply a clash between the ignorant and the enlightened

The ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe’s new far right – podcast  

Across the continent, rightwing populist parties have seized control of the political conversation. How have they done it? By stealing the language, causes and voters of the traditional left

Still ticking: The improbable survival of the luxury watch business – podcast  

In an increasingly digital world, people are still willing to spend huge amounts on analogue timepieces. The question is, why?

A lynching in Georgia: the living memorial to America’s history of racist violence – podcast  

There are still no national monuments to the thousands of black Americans killed during a century of lynchings. But for 12 years, activists in Georgia have been re-enacting the infamous 1946 murders of two black men and their wives.

Revenge of the tabloids – podcast  

Rocked by the phone-hacking scandal and haemorrhaging readers, the rightwing tabloids seemed to be yesterday’s news. But now, in Theresa May’s Brexit Britain, they look more powerful than ever

The cult of the expert and how it collapsed - podcast  

Led by a class of omnipotent central bankers, experts have gained extraordinary political power. Will a populist backlash shatter their technocratic dream?

Is China’s gaokao the world’s toughest school exam? – podcast  

Chinese children must endure years of stress and impossible expectations preparing for their final school exam. The students who do best can look forward to glittering careers and even good marriage prospects. But for the less successful, the system is brutal

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster – podcast  

We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?

The man who brought you Brexit - podcast  

Britain’s vote to leave the EU was the grand finale of a 25-year campaign by a lonely sect of true believers. Daniel Hannan wrote the script

Liquid assets: how the business of bottled water went mad – podcast  

How did a substance that falls from the air, springs from the earth and comes out of your tap become a hyperactive multibillion-dollar business?

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