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The Audio Long Reads podcast is a selection of the  Guardian’s long reads, giving you the opportunity to get on with your day while listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer, including in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more
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We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week: For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right – and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph. By Moira Weigel. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Many of the perpetrators have been jailed for their crimes. Now a number of survivors and their families claim that officials at Celtic knew about the sexual abuse and did nothing. By Henry McDonald. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
The country’s rulers do not just suppress history, they recreate it to serve the present. They know that, in a communist state, change often starts when the past is challenged. By Ian Johnson. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week: Using undercover agents, the DEA spent four years trying to bring down a cocaine trafficking gang in Liberia. Was the operation a triumph in the global war on drugs or a case of American overreach? By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
As Chinese demand for pork grows and grows, traditional small-scale farms are being replaced by vast, AI-assisted operations that feel more like smartphone factories than bucolic countryside havens. By Xiaowei Wang. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
In November 2019, James Le Mesurier, the British co-founder of the Syrian rescue group, fell to his death in Istanbul. What led an internationally celebrated humanitarian to take his own life? By Martin Chulov. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week: This year’s most overhyped trend is a wholesome Danish concept of cosiness, used to sell everything from fluffy socks to vegan shepherd’s pie. But the version we’re buying is a British invention – and the real thing is less cuddly than it seems. By Charlotte Higgins. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
The pandemic has shown how a lack of solid statistics can be dangerous. But even with the firmest of evidence, we often end up ignoring the facts we don’t like. By Tim Harford. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
A handful of radical nature lovers are secretly breeding endangered species and releasing them into the wild. Many are prepared to break the law and risk the fury of the scientific establishment to save the animals they love. By Patrick Barkham. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week’s article: Jersey bet its future on finance but since 2007 it has fallen on hard times and is heading for bankruptcy. Is the island’s perilous present Britain’s bleak future?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
In 1936, a school group from south London went on a hike in the Black Forest. Despite the heroic rescue attempts of German villagers, five boys died. Eighty years on, locals are still asking how it happened. By Kate Connolly. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt the advance of the killer robots? By Frank Pasquale. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week: It has never been easy to win as an immigration lawyer – but now the government is trying to make it impossible. By Aida Edemariam. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
In a state bloodied by decades of armed rebellion, Thounaojam Herojit became one of India’s most deadly police officers – killing more than a hundred people. Then, he became something rarer still: an executioner who wanted to tell the world about his crimes. By Raghu Karnad and Grace Jajo. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Coronavirus has hit few sectors harder than air travel, wiping out tens of thousands of jobs and uncountable billions in revenue. While most fleets were grounded, the industry was forced to reimagine its future. By Samanth Subramanian. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2015: Luzira was once the most notorious prison in Uganda. Now it’s home to what is surely the world’s most elaborate prison football league – and a model for the transformative power of the beautiful game. By David Goldblatt. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
David Blagdon’s long-term detention has been described as ‘barbaric’. Whatever his disastrous personal choices, the system failed him repeatedly. By Mark Olden. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
How one magic word became a way of justifying Silicon Valley’s unconstrained power. By Adrian Daub. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week’s article: The Garrick Club in London is preparing for a bitter struggle over whether to admit women members. How long can the British establishment fend off modernity? By Amelia Gentleman. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
The Iuventa ran hundreds of missions to save migrants from drowning off the coast of Libya. But after Europe cracked down on migration, its crew found themselves facing prosecution. By Daniel Trilling. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
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Sepehr Soleyman Fallah

If only the quality was as before....

Nov 9th
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little boxes

Oh the irony. this episode was interrupted by an advert... for Asda.

Sep 26th
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Top Clean

Thanks for the good "article" / episode on how we treat pets and animals. i like this in the wild.!. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AicEBRYFTeI https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SzIb10D_5Rw

Sep 19th
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Bruno Vieira Pereira

Fortunately, as a result of this pandemic, more and more people are recognising the vital role which those who work in ICU play and also, the importance of their job in order to save as many lives as possible.

Aug 18th
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Top Clean

I think the kids in cages deserve more attention, care and there parents. In the long-term view they can be like any normal person with care, if not they can be damaged for life, with a lifetime of suffering. https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/11/written-testimony-kids-cages-inhumane-treatment-border

Aug 7th
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Top Clean

During his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump vowed to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open – a move that starkly contrasts the plans of his predecessor. ... Since its opening 16 years ago, the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba has imprisoned nearly 800 people. It has been decried by critics on both sides of the aisle who say the prisoners – alleged terrorists and people with suspected ties to terrorist organizations – suffer from human rights violations within its walls. https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/02/13/guantanamos-ugly-taint-us-diplomacy Definition of gestapo: a secret-police organization employing underhanded and terrorist methods against persons suspected of disloyalty. See, e.g., the Trump/Barr activities in Poland - sorry in Portland. ... And the slavery is still here in the U.S. disguise as the profitable state, federal and private Prison's, where prisoners they work for less so they make outside free working people being a obsolete workforces. ... And yes perhaps one reason detainees are not being released is that over 70 percent of detainees are held in private, for-profit facilities⁠. Two of the largest of those, GEO Group and CoreCivic (Corrections Corporation of America). Despite their failure to provide safe conditions for detainees, the GEO earned $2.3 billion in 2018, mostly from U.S. government contracts, which is more than any other ICE contractor. AmeriKKKa and Canada have the most people incarceration in the world. https://allthatsinteresting.com/private-prisons-us-stats ... We see that Profit is the main game here. Then ask yourself how, during a global pandemic, in the worst economy since the Great Depression, with 45.5 million Americans filing for unemployment, the total net worth of U.S. billionaires has climbed from $2.9 trillion to $3.5 trillion. And a Trillion is freaking BIG.!. https://www.thecalculatorsite.com/images/articles/20170628-trillion-dollars-in 1 million seconds equal 11 and 1/2 days. 1 billion seconds equal 31 and 3/4 years. 1 trillion seconds equal 31,710 years. GOP is Greedy Oppressive Predators! But thanks for a good episode and podcast. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Aug 7th
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Joanna Linley

What a powerful and emotional story. How brave of Jenny to share what she's been through. Wishing you all the very best for the rest of your pregnancy.

Aug 3rd
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Lizzie Sherwood-Smith

Absolutely loved this, particularly about the screen posed to be providing a new level of safety for clients to disclose.

May 23rd
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Gabriel

Thank you again for this article. Also, as a fan of the long reads, it's nice to hear a new voice reading the articles. The voice of the orator is gentle and clear. However, without wanting to be at all offensive, and I want to state that I do really love the Irish accent, it is often quite confusing that he intonates the ends of each sentence upward, as one would at a question in other English accents. And it makes listening to the articles a bit more of a challenge.

Apr 25th
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Robert Mol

This time, I had to stop listening. Not because of the story - it's the voice. It sounds as if it's a computer voice. Couldn't listen to it, I'm very sorry.

Apr 17th
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Nonker

Who does the author work for? Could be Monsanto, or some coalition of agribusinesses nervous that profits associated with the chemicals and proprietary genetics used in industrial farming practices might decline. Much information goes mysteriously unmentioned here. While the growth in population means we will need more food, how it is grown is important. The piece pretends the choice is between industrial agriculture and “rewilding” and does not mention the significant dangers of industrial agricultural practices. Neonicotinoids are associated with the decline in honeybees, and without them, farming is in trouble. Similarly, no-till practices have major flood-protecting properties that will be more and more essential during climate change. Conventional farming erodes soil. What good is big ag if we doesn’t have enough soil to farm? And the article conveniently does not mention that the lower yields that happen when farmers switch to no-till and cover cropping are similar to those of industrial farming after a transition period of a two to three years - a transition that will require government support, but will be well worth it given the benefits of preserving healthy soil, reducing erosion and flooding and pollution, and keeping our valuable pollinators alive and healthy.

Apr 2nd
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W South

ugh ..not somewhere I'm sure I want to explore

Mar 10th
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Dianne

What a brilliant story about a wonderful couple. This must be one of my favourite podcasts I've heard on castbox to date. A refreshing escape from the harsh media spotlight of late.

Feb 28th
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James

Fantastic article/episode. Very special people.

Jan 31st
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Omid Shy

Interesting read

Jan 12th
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Ali Smith

,,.,

Dec 31st
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Lucie Rymer

this is stupid and sexist and not engaging

Dec 5th
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Sean Cody

I read this to test myself for any latent anti Islam prejudice. The author appears to suffer from an equal but opposite set of prejudices making for a long yet pointless read. Why is it so hard to hear both sides of the argument without obvious bias toward a personal conviction.

Oct 30th
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Willem van Gogh

Do you remember George Bush bringing "democracy" to the middle east and the big waver on a warship stating "mission accomplished"??

Oct 19th
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Richard Fisher

it is articles like this why I don't pay subscription to the Guardian. whilst I absolutely agree that there is this Islamic takeover trope in the Far Right, this author completely ignores the reality that for some muslims it is true! the Far Right didn't invent this idea of takeover by breeding and immigration, I've head imams telling their flock to do just this! Why can't you make the fair criticism of the FR and also make the fair criticism of that which some call 'Islamism'? you like to pretend that these imams and their followers don't exist, when you lose through omission like this all you do is add to the distrust and conspiracy theories of manipulation. it is backfiring, you help the FR with this islamophile apologetics.

Oct 13th
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