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The Guardian Long Read - audio versions of our regular long reads published online and in the newspaper Monday through Friday. The long reads are long form articles on a wide variety of topics from global politics to the big cultural debates of our time. For the print version go to - http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-long-read

The Guardian Long Read - audio versions of our regular long reads published online and in the newspaper Monday through Friday. The long reads are long form articles on a wide variety of topics from global politics to the big cultural debates of our time. For the print version go to - http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-long-read
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The Guardian Long Read - audio versions of our regular long reads published online and in the newspaper Monday through Friday. The long reads are long form articles on a wide variety of topics from global politics to the big cultural debates of our time. For the print version go to - http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-long-read

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Episodes

Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships

12/10/2018
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Some compare it to snooker, others to figure skating. But for those who have given their lives to competitive ploughing, it’s more than a sport, it’s a way of life. Written by Sophie Elmhirst and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration:00:33:09

Organised crime in the UK is bigger than ever before. Can the police catch up?

12/10/2018
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Faced with new threats from international gangsters, the boss of the National Crime Agency, Lynne Owens, thinks UK policing needs a radical reboot. Written by Alex Perry and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration:00:31:30

The making of an opioid epidemic

12/3/2018
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When high doses of painkillers led to widespread addiction, it was called one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine. But this was no accident. Written by Chris McGreal and read by Lucy Scott

Duration:00:27:51

Terrorists, cultists – or champions of Iranian democracy? The wild wild story of the MEK

11/30/2018
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They fought for the Iranian revolution – and then for Saddam Hussein. The US and UK once condemned them. But now their opposition to Tehran has made them favourites of Trump White House hardliners. Written by Arron Merat and read by Lucy Scott

Duration:00:44:32

The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference?

11/26/2018
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Decades after it became part of the fabric of our lives, a worldwide revolt against plastic is under way. Written by Stephen Buranyi and read by Lucy Scott

Duration:00:39:13

The paranoid fantasy behind Brexit

11/23/2018
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In the dark imagination of English reactionaries, Britain is always a defeated nation – and the EU is the imaginary invader Written by Fintan O'Toole and read by Lucy Scott

Duration:00:31:07

‘A wall built to keep people out’: the cruel, bureaucratic maze of children’s services

11/21/2018
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In a system cut to the bone, gaining access to the support we had been promised for our daughter’s special educational needs was an exhausting, soul-sapping battle. Written by Jake Anderson and read by Alice Arnold

Duration:00:33:03

Inside the booming business of background music

11/19/2018
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Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise. Written by Jake Hulyer and read by Alice Arnold

Duration:00:29:16

About time: why western philosophy can only teach us so much

11/7/2018
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By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, which is always the first step to greater understanding. Written by Julian Baggini and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration:00:21:41

Dulwich Hamlet: the improbable tale of a tiny football club that lost its home – and won it back

11/7/2018
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After they were locked out of their own stadium, an unlikely band of supporters came together to save the club. Written by Tom Lamont and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration:00:46:03

Tommy Robinson and the far right’s new playbook

11/5/2018
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The former EDL leader is one of a new breed of entrepreneurial activists who are bringing extremist myths into the mainstream – while also claiming they are being silenced. Written by Daniel Trilling and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration:00:38:32

Shrinking the world: why we can't resist model villages

11/2/2018
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In these baffling times, the only way to gain control of our environment is to miniaturise it. Written by Simon Garfield and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration:00:27:29

One man’s (very polite) fight against media Islamophobia

11/1/2018
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For three years, Miqdaad Versi has waged a quixotic – and always scrupulously courteous – campaign against the endless errors and distortions in news about British Muslims. But can a thousand polite complaints make a difference? Written by Samanth Subramanian and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration:00:37:21

Could populism actually be good for democracy?

11/1/2018
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A wave of populist revolts has led many to lose faith in the wisdom of people power. But such eruptions are essential to the vitality of modern politics. Written by James Miller and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration:00:30:24

Will Nissan stay once Britain leaves? How one factory explains the Brexit business dilemma

10/25/2018
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In the 1980s, Thatcher’s government sold Britain as ‘a gateway to Europe’. Nissan came to Sunderland and thrived – but now its future is uncertain. Written by David Conn and read by Lucy Scott

Duration:00:31:55

The myth of the she-devil: why we judge female criminals more harshly

10/25/2018
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A man who kills is a murderer, but a woman guilty of violent crime becomes a proxy for all that is evil. Helena Kennedy, who once represented Myra Hindley, asks why. Read by Lucy Scott

Duration:00:32:34

The death of consensus: how conflict came back to politics

10/15/2018
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New Labour’s ‘third way’ promised to end the clash between left and right. But did the fantasy of politics without strife create our age of anger? Written by Andy Beckett and read by Ruth Barnes

Duration:00:37:36

How Robyn transformed pop

10/12/2018
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After almost a decade away, Robyn is about to release a new album. Laura Snapes examines her seismic cultural impact. Read by Ruth Barnes.

Duration:00:38:44

‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team

10/8/2018
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Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Big Short, reveals how Trump’s bungled presidential transition set the template for his time in the White House. Written by Michael Lewis and read by Christopher Ragland

Duration:00:28:25

The business of voluntourism: do western do-gooders actually do harm?

10/8/2018
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A holiday helping out in an orphanage can be a rewarding experience. But voluntourism supports a system that is breaking up families. Written by Tina Rosenberg and read by Christopher Ragland

Duration:00:38:17