The Guardian's Audio Long Reads

The Guardian's Audio Long Reads podcasts are a selection of the  Guardian’s long read articles which are published in the paper and online. It gives you the opportunity to get on with your day whilst listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer: in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-audio-long-read

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Bowel movement: the push to change the way you poo – podcast


Are you sitting comfortably? Many people are not – and they insist that the way we’ve been going to the toilet is all wrong • Read the text version here


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Why we stopped trusting elites – podcast


The credibility of establishment figures has been demolished by technological change and political upheavals. But it’s too late to turn back the clock • Read the text version here


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Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships – podcast


Some compare it to snooker, others to figure skating. But for those who have given their lives to competitive ploughing, it’s more than a sport, it’s a way of life • Read the text version here


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Organised crime in the UK is bigger than ever before. Can the police catch up? – podcast


Faced with new threats from international gangsters, the boss of the National Crime Agency, Lynne Owens, thinks UK policing needs a radical reboot • Read the text version here


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The making of an opioid epidemic – podcast


When high doses of painkillers led to widespread addiction, it was called one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine. But this was no accident • Read the text version here


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Terrorists, cultists – or champions of Iranian democracy? The wild wild story of the MEK – podcast


They fought for the Iranian revolution – and then for Saddam Hussein. The US and UK once condemned them. But now their opposition to Tehran has made them favourites of Trump White House hardliners • Read the text version here


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The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? – podcast


Decades after it became part of the fabric of our lives, a worldwide revolt against plastic is under way • Read the text version here


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The paranoid fantasy behind Brexit – podcast


In the dark imagination of English reactionaries, Britain is always a defeated nation – and the EU is the imaginary invader • Read the text version here


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Inside the booming business of background music – podcast


Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise • Read the text version here


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‘A wall built to keep people out’: the cruel, bureaucratic maze of children’s services – podcast


In a system cut to the bone, gaining access to the support we had been promised for our daughter’s special educational needs was an exhausting, soul-sapping battle • Read the text version here


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