The audio long read

The audio long read

United States

Audio versions of the Guardian's long reads


'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene – podcast  

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on • Read the text version here

A shock to the system: how Corbyn changed the rules of British politics – podcast  

Everyone thought the election was a foregone conclusion. They had no idea what was really going on • Read the text version here

Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for? – podcast  

Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it? • Read the text version here

‘Kill them, kill them, kill them’: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britain’s grey squirrels – podcast  

The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species? • Read the text version here

Operation Car Wash: Is this the biggest corruption scandal in history? – podcast  

What began as an investigation into money laundering in Brazil quickly turned into something much greater, uncovering a vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeering • Read the text version here

Robot hearts: medicine’s new frontier - podcast  

From bovine valves to electrical motors and 3-D printed hearts, cardiologists are forging ahead with technologies once dismissed as ‘crazy ideas’ • Read the text version here

Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in – podcast  

The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not fast enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea, or does it speak to our troubled times? • Read the text version here

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace - podcast  

The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo • Read the text version here

'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race' – podcast  

For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it – at the heart of respectable society • Read the text version here

Grammar schools: back to the bad old days of inequality – podcast  

Theresa May wants to bring back selective schools, but what about the kids who fail the 11-plus? A secondary modern pupil remembers the inept teachers, classroom riots and useless qualifications of the two-tier education system • Read the text version here

Bish-bash-bosh: how Phyllida Barlow conquered the art world at 73 – podcast  

After overlooking her for decades, the art world has woken up to Phyllida Barlow’s audacious, gargantuan sculptures. Now she is representing Britain at the Venice Biennale – but why did it take so long for her to be “discovered”? • Read the text version here

Where oil rigs go to die – podcast  

When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breaker’s yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business • Read the text version

How rich hippies and developers went to war over Instagram’s favourite beach – podcast  

With its Mayan ruins and moonlight raves, Tulum has become Mexico’s hippest holiday destination. But a spate of violent evictions reveals a darker side • Read the text version here

The race to build the world’s first sex robot – podcast  

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no • Read the text version here

Confessions of a reluctant gentrifier – podcast  

When a white academic moved to one of the most diverse districts of Chicago, her parents worried for her safety. But as pet-groomers replaced local shops, she realised the area’s original residents had more to fear than she did • Read the text version here

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism – podcast  

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar • Read the text version here

The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist – podcast  

In recent years, references to such attacks have become inescapable. But this lazy term obscures the real nature of the threat against us • Read the text version here

Kidnapped, tortured and thrown in jail: my 70 days in Sudan – podcast  

Twelve years after reporting on the conflict in Darfur, film-maker Phil Cox returned. But this time, the Sudanese government put a price on his head • Read the text version here

The struggle to be British: my life as a second-class citizen – podcast  

After arriving in Britain as a child, I fought hard to feel like I belonged. Now it feels that the status of migrants like me is permanently up for review • Read the text version here

Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years – podcast  

At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story • Read the text version here

Video player is in betaClose