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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

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


'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene. By Alex Blasdel

6/20/2017
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Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on Written by Alex Blasdel and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration: 00:38:43


A shock to the system: how Corbyn changed the rules of British politics. By Gary Younge

6/20/2017
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Everyone thought the election was a foregone conclusion. They had no idea what was really going on Written by Gary Younge and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration: 00:31:01


Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for?

6/13/2017
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Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it? Written by Adam Greenfield and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration: 00:21:11


‘Kill them, kill them, kill them’: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britain’s grey squirrels

6/13/2017
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The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species? Written by Patrick Barkham and read by Andrew McGregor

Duration: 00:36:41


Robot hearts: medicine’s new frontier. By Thomas Morris

6/6/2017
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From bovine valves to electrical motors and 3-D printed hearts, cardiologists are forging ahead with technologies once dismissed as “crazy ideas” Written by Thomas Morris and read by Lucy Scott

Duration: 00:34:37


Operation Car Wash: Is this the biggest corruption scandal in history? By Jonathan Watts

6/6/2017
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What began as an investigation into money laundering quickly turned into something much greater, uncovering a vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeering Written by Jonathan Watts and read by Lucy Scott

Duration: 00:38:50


Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace. By Nathan Thrall

5/30/2017
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The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo Written by Nathan Thrall and read by Alice Arnold

Duration: 00:29:25


Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in. By Andy Beckett

5/30/2017
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The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not fast enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea or does it speak to our troubled times? Written by Andy Beckett and read by Alice Arnold

Duration: 00:44:53

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