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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

Keyboard warrior: the British hacker fighting for his life. By Simon Parkin

9/21/2017
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Lauri Love is charged with masterminding a 2013 attack by Anonymous on US government websites. Will Britain allow him to spend the rest of his days in an American prison? Written by Simon Parkin and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration: 00:38:00


The first social media suicide. By Rana Dasgupta

9/5/2017
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In May of last year, a teenager in a dreary suburb of Paris live-streamed her own suicide – and acquired a morbid kind of digital celebrity Written by Rana Dasgupta and read by Ruth Barnes

Duration: 00:34:07


The last Nazi hunters. By Linda Kinstler

9/5/2017
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Since 1958, a small department of Germany’s government has sought to bring members of the Third Reich to trial. A handful of prosecutors are still tracking down Nazis, but the world’s biggest cold-case investigation will soon be shut down. Written by Linda Kinstler and read by Ruth Barnes

Duration: 00:33:35


Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world. By Stephen Metcalf

8/29/2017
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The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human Written by Stephen Metcalf and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration: 00:29:26


The school beneath the wave: the unimaginable tragedy of Japan’s tsunami

8/29/2017
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In 2011 a tsunami engulfed Japan’s north-east coast. More than 18,000 people were killed. Six years later, in one community, survivors are still tormented by a catastrophic split-second decision. Written by Richard Lloyd Parry and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration: 00:32:38


Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice? By Bernhard Warner

8/22/2017
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More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing? Written by Bernhard Warner and read by Alice Arnold

Duration: 00:33:06


Why we fell for clean eating. By Bee Wilson

8/22/2017
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The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it. Written by Bee Wilson and read by Alice Arnold

Duration: 00:40:39


What is a black professor in America allowed to say? By Steve Kolovich

8/10/2017
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Tommy J Curry thought forcing a public discussion about race and violence was part of his job. It turned out that people didn’t want to hear it. Written by Steve Kolowich and read by Kelly Burke

Duration: 00:42:59


Unlearning the myth of American innocence. By Suzy Hansen

8/10/2017
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When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does Written by Suzy Hansen and read by Kelly Burke

Duration: 00:36:58


Is the world really better than ever? By OIiver Burkeman

8/8/2017
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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 Written by Oliver Burkeman and read by Christopher Ragland

Duration: 00:34:51


Where global warming gets real: inside Nasa’s mission to the north pole. By Avi Steinberg

8/8/2017
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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? Written by Avi Steinberg and read by Christopher Ragland

Duration: 00:40:29


The real cost of regeneration. By Zoe Williams

8/1/2017
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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 Written and read by Zoe Williams

Duration: 00:32:24


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

7/27/2017
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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? By Nikil Saval

Duration: 00:36:33


When life is a fate worse than death

7/27/2017
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Why are so many doctors opposed to assisted death? As a practising physician, Haider Javed Warraich has witnessed both sides of this gruelling battleground

Duration: 00:25:37


How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous

7/17/2017
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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? Written by David Runciman and read by Ruth Barnes.

Duration: 00:33:29


Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

7/17/2017
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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. Written by Naomi Klein and read by Ruth Barnes

Duration: 00:29:28


The age of banter

7/10/2017
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It used to be just a word – now it is a way of life. But is it time to get off the banter bus? Written and read by Archie Bland

Duration: 00:41:17


Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

7/3/2017
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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. Written by Stephen Buranyi and read by Christopher Ragland

Duration: 00:35:16


How the MoD’s plan to privatise military housing ended in disaster. By Holly Watt

6/27/2017
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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

Duration: 00:36:44


How Nicholas Serota’s Tate changed Britain. By Charlotte Higgins

6/27/2017
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Over three decades, he transformed a nation’s attitude to art. But is his revolution now in danger of being reversed? Written by Charlotte Higgins and read by Alice Arnold

Duration: 00:44:08

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