The audio long read

The audio long read

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Audio versions of the Guardian's long reads


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?

Alan Yentob: the last impresario – podcast  

For decades, Alan Yentob was the dominant creative force at the BBC – behind everything from Adam Curtis to Strictly Come Dancing. He was a towering figure in British culture – so why did many applaud his very public slide from power?

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.

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