Episodes
Even before it opened, the Dome had become a byword for failure. But two decades on, it could be time for a reassessment. By Imogen West-Knights. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/30/20
A decade ago, violent racists exploited a national crisis and entered mainstream politics in Greece. The party has since been caught up in the biggest trial of Nazis since Nuremberg, and is now crumbling – but its success remains a warning. By Daniel Trilling. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/27/20
Threats to humanity, and how we address them, define our time. Why are we still so complacent about facing up to existential risk? By Toby Ord. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/23/20
In our time of climate crisis and inequality, as top chefs dream less of Michelin stars and more of changing the world, the New Nordic movement is reaching beyond haute cuisine into classrooms, supermarkets and parliaments. By Kieran Morris. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/20/20
I’ve taken part in quizzes all my life: in schools, in pubs and on TV shows, from India to the US. But the biggest secret is that curiosity, not knowledge, is the key to success. By Samanth Subramanian. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/16/20
For decades, the way we farm has been degrading land and destroying wildlife. Now there’s a revolution coming – but is it going to create more problems than it solves? By Christopher de Bellaigue. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/13/20
He is now the country’s de facto project manager, but what does he actually believe? In a bid to find out, I read (almost) everything Cummings has written in the last decade. By Stefan Collini. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/09/20
It’s cheap, attractive and convenient, and we eat it every day – it’s difficult not to. But is ultra-processed food making us ill and driving the global obesity crisis? By Bee Wilson. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/06/20
For decades, one company has ruled the world of tampons. But a new wave of brands has emerged, selling themselves as more ethical, more feminist and more ecological. By Sophie Elmhirst. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 03/02/20
Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis? By Laura Spinney. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 02/28/20
In the age of streaming and limitless choice, Magic Radio pulls in millions of listeners. What is it that keeps people coming back? By Simon Akam. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 02/21/20
A GP has minutes to try to convince a person that life is worth living. It’s a challenge that brings rare rewards. By Gavin Francis. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 02/21/20
For decades, US law enforcement has used ‘forensic hypnosis’ to help solve crimes – yet despite growing evidence that it is junk science, this method is still being used to send people to death row. By Ariel Ramchandani. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 02/17/20
The Strava app offers community, training data and motivation to millions of athletes. Even runners who dislike tech can’t bear to be without it. By Rose George. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 02/14/20
In Iceland, the harvesting of these precious feathers has created a peculiar bond between human and duck. What can this unique relationship teach us? By Edward Posnett. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 02/10/20
What links an eccentric Oxford classics don, billionaire US evangelicals, and a tiny, missing fragment of an ancient manuscript? Charlotte Higgins unravels a multimillion-dollar riddle. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 02/07/20
While his wife suffers in an Iranian jail, Richard Ratcliffe fights on for her release. But he fears she cannot cope for much longer. By Patrick Wintour. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 02/03/20
Gene and Sandy Ralston are a married couple in their 70s, who also happen to be among North America’s leading experts at searching for the dead. By Doug Horner. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 01/31/20
The story of El Salvador’s gang problem is a study in shortsighted thinking – and Donald Trump’s policies threaten to make a bad situation even worse. By William Wheeler. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 01/27/20
The US believed the American way of life was humankind’s ultimate destiny. But unrestrained greed has led to an era of injustice and division. By Andrew Bacevich. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 01/24/20
From the ‘KonMari method’ to Apple’s barely there design philosophy, we are forever being urged to declutter and simplify our lives. But does minimalism really make us any happier? By Kyle Chayka. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 01/20/20
The office-space startup took a tumble when investors tired of its messianic CEO and lack of profits. But why were its backers – the House of Saud among them – so keen to pour billions into it in the first place? By Matthew Zeitlin. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 01/17/20
Hundreds of ski resorts now stand abandoned across the Alps. But some scientists believe they have found a way to keep snow on the ground – and that it could help vulnerable communities all over the world. By Simon Parkin. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 01/13/20
In our self-obsessed age, the anonymous, mysterious cave art of our ancient ancestors is exhilarating. By Barbara Ehrenreich. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 01/10/20
In an era of bewildering upheaval, how will the past decade be remembered? By Andy Beckett. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
Published 01/06/20