The Guardian's Audio Long Reads

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2024-04-17

  From the archive: Did Brazil’s evangelical superstar have her husband killed?

We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2021: Flordelis grew up in a Rio favela, but rose to fame after adopting more than 50 children, be...
  The Guardian author
2024-04-15

  Rage, waste and corruption: how Covid changed politics

Four years on from the start of the pandemic, the drama may have subsided but the lingering effects go on. Are we suffering from political long Covid? By David Runciman. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
  The Guardian author
2024-04-12

  Disappearing tongues: the endangered language crisis

Linguistic diversity on Earth is far more profound and fundamental than previously imagined. But it’s also crumbling fast. By Ross Perlin. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
  The Guardian author
2024-04-10

  From the archive: The mystery of the Gatwick drone

We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2020: A drone sighting caused the airport to close for two days in 2018, but despite a lengthy pol...
  The Guardian author
2024-04-08

  ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’: Love in the sickle cell capital of the world

The prevalence of sickle cell disease is changing how Nigerians date, marry and plan their lives. And as genetic testing becomes more common, prospective parents across the world will face similar questions. By Krithika Varagur. Help support our indepe...
  The Guardian author
2024-04-05

  Radioactive waste, baby bottles and Spam: the deep ocean has become a dumping ground

The ocean’s depths are not some remote alien realm, but are in fact intimately entangled with every other part of the planet. We should treat them that way. By James Bradley. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
  The Guardian author
2024-04-03

  From the archive – Out of thin air: the mystery of the man who fell from the sky

We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors This week, from 2021: In 2019, the body of a man fell from a passenger plane into a garden in south London. Who was...
  The Guardian author
2024-04-01

  200 cats, 200 dogs, one lab: the secrets of the pet food industry

Pet food is a £120bn industry, with vast resources spent on working out how best to nourish and delight our beloved charges. But how do we know if we’re getting it right? By Vivian Ho. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longread...
  The Guardian author
2024-03-29

  Power grab: the hidden costs of Ireland’s datacentre boom

Datacentres are part of Ireland’s vision of itself as a tech hub. There are now more than 80, using vast amounts of electricity. Have we entrusted our memories to a system that might destroy them? By Jessica Traynor. Help support our independent journa...
  The Guardian author
2024-03-27

  From the archive: ‘Is anybody in there?’ Life on the inside as a locked-in patient

We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2020: Jake Haendel spent months trapped in his body, silent and unmoving but fully conscious. Most...
  The Guardian author