The audio long read

The audio long read

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Audio versions of the Guardian's long reads


Going underground: inside the world of the mole-catchers – podcast  

A bitter battle is raging within the mole-catching community over the kindest way to carry out their deadly work • Read the text version

Can we trust the Rorschach test? – podcast  

To its critics, it is dangerous pseudoscience. To its supporters, it offers unique insights. What is the future of this controversial psychological test? Read the text version

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death – podcast  

She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan. Read the text version

How technology gets us hooked – podcast  

From a young age, humans love to press buttons that light up and make a noise. The thrill of positive feedback lies at the heart of addiction to gambling, games and social media • Read the text version

Patagonia and The North Face: saving the world one puffer jacket at a time – podcast  

The retail giants are not only competing to sell outdoor gear – they are rivals in the contest to sell the thrill of the wilderness to the urban masses

PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain – podcast  

Oxford University graduates in philosophy, politics and economics make up an astonishing proportion of Britain’s elite. But has it produced an out-of-touch ruling class? • Read the text version

Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin – podcast  

Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin? Read the text version

The hi-tech war on science fraud – podcast  

The problem of fake data may go far deeper than scientists admit. Now a team of researchers has a controversial plan to root out the perpetrators

Total recall: the people who never forget – podcast  

An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory

Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime – podcast  

After more than a decade of being fetishised and then written off, grime now dominates British pop culture. To understand why, you need to understand the man who created it Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime

The man who could make Marine Le Pen president of France - podcast  

Florian Philippot is the strategist behind the rebranding of the extreme right Front National as a populist, anti-elite movement. But don’t mistake him for a moderate

The man who could make Marine Le Pen president of France - podcast  

Florian Philippot is the strategist behind the rebranding of the extreme right Front National as a populist, anti-elite movement. But don’t mistake him for a moderate

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer – podcast  

For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking?

The spy who couldn’t spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled – podcast  

Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets

How statistics lost their power, and why we should fear what comes next - podcast  

The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril

Who killed the great British curry house? – podcast  

Why has Britain turned its back on its favourite food – and shut out the people needed to cook it?

‘Is this what the west is really like?’ How it felt to leave China for Britain – podcast  

Desperate to find somewhere she could live and work as she wished, Xiaolu Guo moved from Beijing to London in 2002. But from the weather to the language and the people, nothing was as she expected

Among the ghosts of Cambodia’s killing fields: on the set of Angelina Jolie’s new film – podcast  

Can the Hollywood star’s Khmer-language film – with an all-Cambodian cast and crew – help a nation to confront the horrors of its past?

The neo-Nazi murder trial revealing Germany's darkest secrets – podcast  

The only known survivor of a far-right group accused of a series of racist killings is now on trial. But the case has put the nation itself in the dock

Fifa: the video game that changed football – podcast  

Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What’s the secret of its success?

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