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The Audio Long Read

The Audio Long Read 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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The tyranny of chairs: why we need better design

Most chairs aren’t designed to serve human bodies – but a better seat is possible. By Sara Hendren. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

28mins

7 Sep 2020

Rank #1

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Trump's useful thugs: how the Republican party offered a home to the Proud Boys – podcast

Early in Trump’s presidency, emboldened neo-Nazi and fascist groups came out into the open but were met with widespread revulsion. So the tactics of the far right changed, becoming more insidious – and much more successful. By Brendan O’Connor. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

30mins

8 Mar 2021

Rank #2

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The curse of 'white oil': electric vehicles' dirty secret

The race is on to find a steady source of lithium, a key component in rechargeable electric car batteries. But while the EU focuses on emissions, the lithium gold rush threatens environmental damage on an industrial scale. By Oliver Balch.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

32mins

11 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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From the archive: Political correctness and how the right invented a phantom enemy

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

39mins

25 Nov 2020

Rank #4

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From the archive: Why time management is ruining our lives

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 2016: All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed. By Oliver Burkeman. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

34mins

17 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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Penthouses and poor doors: how Europe's 'biggest regeneration project' fell flat

Few places have seen such turbocharged luxury development as Nine Elms on the London riverside. So why are prices tumbling, investors melting away and promises turning to dust? By Oliver Wainwright. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

27mins

19 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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From the archives: 88 days trapped in bed to save a pregnancy

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 2017: Months before she was due to give birth, disaster struck for Katherine Heiny. Doctors ordered her to lie on her side in bed and not move – and gave her a 1% chance of carrying her baby to term. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

36mins

10 Mar 2021

Rank #7

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Operation Condor: the cold war conspiracy that terrorised South America

During the 1970s and 80s, eight US-backed military dictatorships jointly plotted the cross-border kidnap, torture, rape and murder of hundreds of their political opponents. Now some of the perpetrators are finally facing justice. By Giles Tremlett. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

40mins

18 Sep 2020

Rank #8

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Brazilian butt lift: behind the world's most dangerous cosmetic surgery – podcast

The BBL is the fastest growing cosmetic surgery in the world, despite the mounting number of deaths resulting from the procedure. What is driving its astonishing rise? By Sophie Elmhirst. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

36mins

22 Feb 2021

Rank #9

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From the archive: PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain

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 2017: Oxford University graduates in philosophy, politics and economics make up an astonishing proportion of Britain’s elite. But has it produced an out-of-touch ruling class? By Andy Beckett. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod

41mins

10 Feb 2021

Rank #10