The audio long read

The audio long read

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Audio versions of the Guardian's long reads


Is the world really better than ever? – podcast  

The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good – and only our pessimism is holding us back • Read the text version here

Where global warming gets real: inside Nasa’s mission to the north pole – podcast  

For 10 years, Nasa has been flying over the ice caps to chart their retreat. This data is an invaluable record of climate change. But does anyone care? • Read the text version here

The real cost of regeneration – podcast  

When private developers move in, the first eviction is accountability – then tenants’ complaints procedures and safety. Zoe Williams reveals the truth about for-profit council estates • Read the text version here

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world  

It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? • Read the text version here

When life is a fate worse than death – podcast  

Why are so many doctors opposed to assisted death? As a practising physician, Haider Javed Warraich has witnessed both sides of this gruelling battleground • Read the text version here

How climate change scepticism turned into something more dangerous – podcast  

Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth? By David Runciman • Read the text version here

Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster – podcast  

After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor • Read the text version here

The age of banter – podcast  

It used to be just a word – now it is a way of life. But is it time to get off the banter bus? By Archie Bland • Read the text version here

Being Donald Trump: the life of an impersonator – podcast  

John Di Domenico has been playing Donald Trump longer than anyone else – except Trump himself • Read the text version here

Is the big business of scientific publishing bad for science? – podcast  

It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell • Read the text version here

How the MoD’s plan to privatise military housing ended in disaster – podcast  

In 1996, the Ministry of Defence decided to sell off its housing stock. The financier Guy Hands bought it up in a deal that would make his investors billions – and have catastrophic consequences for both the military and the taxpayer • Read the text version here

How Nicholas Serota’s Tate changed Britain – podcast  

Over three decades, he transformed a nation’s attitude to art. But is his revolution now in danger of being reversed? • Read the text version here

'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

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