The audio long read

The audio long read

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Audio versions of the Guardian's long reads


Who murdered Giulio Regeni? – podcast  

When the battered body of a Cambridge PhD student was found outside Cairo, Egyptian police claimed he had been hit by a car. Then they said he was the victim of a robbery. Then they blamed a conspiracy against Egypt. But in a digital age, it’s harder than ever to get away with murder

What the cleaner saw: secrets of strangers' apartments – podcast  

When I took a job cleaning New York apartments, I had no idea what I would find out about my clients

Man v rat: could the long war soon be over? – podcast  

Rats spread disease, decimate crops and very occasionally eat people alive. For centuries, we have struggled to find an effective way of controlling their numbers. Until now…

The race to save a dying language – podcast  

The discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013 amazed linguists. But as the number of users dwindles, can it survive the twin threats of globalisation and a rift in the community?

Fear of the light: why we need darkness - podcast  

Light pollution conceals true darkness from 80% of Europe and North America. What do we lose when we can no longer see the stars?

Truth, beauty and annihilation: my quest for chess mastery – podcast  

When I hit a slump in middle age, I set out on a quest to see if playing better chess would make me a better person. I was unprepared for the pain of defeat

Does the left have a future? – podcast  

All over the west, the left is in crisis. It cannot find answers to three urgent problems: the disruptive force of globalisation, the rise of populist nationalism, and the decline of traditional work

How the ‘Great Paradox’ of American politics holds the secret to Trump’s success – podcast  

In the heartland of the American right, people harmed by polluting industries have instead come to hate the government whose environmental regulations protect them. Now they’re voting for Donald Trump

Welcome to demokrasi: how Erdoğan got more popular than ever – podcast  

After a decade in power, Turkey’s ruler presides over a new form of democracy that the west neither likes nor understands: an authoritarian regime that exalts the will of the majority

The perils of being your own doctor – podcast  

When an experienced physician became convinced he had ALS, none of the specialists he consulted could persuade him he was perfectly healthy

Notorious Victoria: the first woman to run for president – podcast  

More than a century before Hillary Clinton, ‘Notorious Victoria’ Woodhull made a bid for the White House – a pioneering protest for which she was called ‘Mrs Satan’ and sent to jail

The dark history of Donald Trump's rightwing revolt – podcast  

The Republican intellectual establishment is united against Trump – but his message of cultural and racial resentment has deep roots in the American right

How did one of the worst paedophiles in history get away with his crimes? – podcast  

For more than 40 years, William James Vahey drugged and abused hundreds of pupils at international schools around the world. A Guardian investigation reveals that, despite numerous opportunities to stop him, nothing was done

The Very Quiet Foreign Girls poetry group - podcast  

When Kate Clanchy began teaching the children of refugees, she sought out those silenced by trauma and loss. Their weekly sessions released a torrent of untold stories

Magic out of mould: inside the world’s wildest restaurant – podcast  

In an age when chefs are regularly compared to artists and philosophers, Magnus Nilsson is among the world’s most renowned. But is the simple act of cooking ever worthy of such veneration?

How technology disrupted the truth – podcast  

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

How remain failed: the inside story of a doomed campaign - audio long read  

They promised it would be an easy victory. But they had no idea what was about to hit them

Is this the world’s most radical mayor? - audio long read  

When Ada Colau was elected mayor of Barcelona, she became a figurehead of the new leftwing politics sweeping Spain. The question she now faces is a vital one for the left across Europe – can she really put her ideas into practice?

Brexit: a disaster decades in the making - audio long read  

On the day after the EU referendum, many Britons woke up feeling that the country had changed overnight. But the forces that brought us here have been gathering for a very long time

The fall: how diving became football’s worst crime  

In a game with many forms of foul play, the dive now inspires a particular moralistic outrage

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