The audio long read

The audio long read

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Audio versions of the Guardian's long reads


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.

How the education gap is tearing politics apart – podcast  

In the year of Trump and Brexit, education has become the greatest divide of all – splitting voters into two increasingly hostile camps. But don’t assume this is simply a clash between the ignorant and the enlightened

The ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe’s new far right – podcast  

Across the continent, rightwing populist parties have seized control of the political conversation. How have they done it? By stealing the language, causes and voters of the traditional left

Still ticking: The improbable survival of the luxury watch business – podcast  

In an increasingly digital world, people are still willing to spend huge amounts on analogue timepieces. The question is, why?

A lynching in Georgia: the living memorial to America’s history of racist violence – podcast  

There are still no national monuments to the thousands of black Americans killed during a century of lynchings. But for 12 years, activists in Georgia have been re-enacting the infamous 1946 murders of two black men and their wives.

Revenge of the tabloids – podcast  

Rocked by the phone-hacking scandal and haemorrhaging readers, the rightwing tabloids seemed to be yesterday’s news. But now, in Theresa May’s Brexit Britain, they look more powerful than ever

The cult of the expert and how it collapsed - podcast  

Led by a class of omnipotent central bankers, experts have gained extraordinary political power. Will a populist backlash shatter their technocratic dream?

Is China’s gaokao the world’s toughest school exam? – podcast  

Chinese children must endure years of stress and impossible expectations preparing for their final school exam. The students who do best can look forward to glittering careers and even good marriage prospects. But for the less successful, the system is brutal

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster – podcast  

We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?

The man who brought you Brexit - podcast  

Britain’s vote to leave the EU was the grand finale of a 25-year campaign by a lonely sect of true believers. Daniel Hannan wrote the script

Liquid assets: how the business of bottled water went mad – podcast  

How did a substance that falls from the air, springs from the earth and comes out of your tap become a hyperactive multibillion-dollar business?

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

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