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Audio versions of the Guardian's long reads
||Big Pharma’s worst nightmare||Jamie Love has spent years battling global drug companies, unshakable in his belief that even the world’s poorest people should have access to life-saving medicines. Is it time that our own government listened to him?||5 2 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Katie Mitchell, British theatre’s queen in exile||Her champions regard Katie Mitchell as Britain’s greatest living stage director – but her critics see a vandal smashing up the classics. After staging her most ambitious work in Europe, can she make a triumphant return home?||1 2 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder||This week, the inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko will deliver its findings. The former Russian spy was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a f||29 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Therapy wars: the revenge of Freud||Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?||25 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNo diet, no detox: how to relearn the art of eating||Our relationship with food has become disordered and obsessive. As the new year brings diet madness, it needn’t be such a struggle to learn good eating habits||22 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat science doesn’t know about the menopause||It is a critical stage of life for half the population, yet women struggling with symptoms are confronted with conflicting advice. Why is so little understood about the menopause?||18 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Machiavelli of Maryland||Military strategist, classical scholar, cattle rancher – and an adviser to presidents, prime ministers, and the Dalai Lama. Just who is Edward Luttwak? And why do very powerful people pay vast sums for his advice?||15 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||The fall of Jersey: how a tax haven goes bust - Podcast||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? Click here for the text version||11 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||The devil and José Mourinho - Podcast||José Mourinho’s whole career seems to be one long revenge plot. Despite his great success, his various reigns have all ended in spectacular discord. So where does he go from here? Click here for the text version||8 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||The scheme to transform a remote island into the new Dubai - Podcast||In recent years, the market for passports and citizenship has become massive. One of the poorest nations in the world tried to cash in. Was this an ingenious way to raise money or simply a case of a country selling its soul? Click here for the text versio||4 1 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||The day Israel saw Shoah – Podcast||On a June day in 1986, an audience gathered in Jerusalem for the country’s first screening of Claude Lanzmann’s epic Holocaust documentary. The story of that day, never before told, is the story of how the Shoah continues to reverberate through Israel||22 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Why South African students turned on their parents’ generation – Podcast||When a black South African student threw a bucket of excrement over a statue of Cecil Rhodes, it kicked off a protest movement that is shattering the way the country sees its past For the text version, click here||14 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The transgender woman fighting for the right to see her son - Podcast||Since Pasha, a former military sniper, began gender reassignment, most of her family has abandoned her. Mark Gevisser reports on the consequences of Russia’s new climate of intoleranceFor the text version, click here||7 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How Isis crippled al-Qaida - Podcast||The inside story of the coup that has brought the world’s most feared terrorist network to the brink of collapseClick here for the text version||4 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The incredible plan to make money grow on trees - Podcast||One of the most cutting-edge projects to tackle climate change is being pioneered in one of the most remote, undeveloped countries on earth. Does it have any hope of succeeding? Click here for text version||27 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inside the Bank of England - Podcast||Since the crash, it has become more powerful than ever, but has the Bank got any better at spotting trouble? Larry Elliott and Jill Treanor are granted extraordinary access to this secretive institutionFor the text version, click here||23 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Karachi vice: inside the city torn apart by killings, extortion and terrorism - Podcast||Amid the mayhem that has turned some areas into no-go zones, reporters risk their lives to make sense of a crime wave that is virtually an insurgencyFor the text version, click here||20 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The deviousness of dementia - Podcast||When memory disappears, something more than memory gets lost. This is how a world begins to unravel – and how caregivers unwittingly become part of the chaosFor the text version, click here||16 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants - Podcast||As debate rages about whether to introduce a sugar tax, this is the story of how Mexico defied its own powerful fizzy drinks industry to impose a tax on sodaFor the text version, click here||13 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Putin’s closest ally: and his biggest liability - Podcast||Chechen leader and Instagram king Ramzan Kadyrov is vulgar, vicious and very rich. Is he out of control, or just the kind of blunt instrument the Russian president likes to have around?Click here for the text version||6 11 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The death and life of the great British pub||Across the country, pubs are being shuttered at an alarming rate – scooped up by developers and ransacked for profit – changing the face of neighbourhoods and turning our beloved locals into estate agents, betting shops, and luxury flats. This is the||30 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||‘They were torturing to kill’: inside Syria’s death machine - Podcast||Caesar, the Syrian military photographer who smuggled shocking evidence of torture out of Assad’s dungeons, tells his story for the first timeClick here for text version||26 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Extreme altruism: should you care for strangers at the expense of your family? - Podcast||The world is full of needless suffering. How should each of us respond? Should we live as moral a life as possible, even giving away most of our earnings? A new movement argues that we are not doing enough to help those in needClick here for text version||23 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marxism Today: the forgotten visionaries whose ideas could save Labour - Podcast||The best guide to politics in 2015 is a magazine that published its final issue more than two decades agoClick here for text version||19 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||One lawyer’s crusade to defend extreme pornography - Podcast||Myles Jackman is on a mission to change Britain’s obscenity laws. For him, it’s more than a job, it’s a moral callingThis podcast contains strong language and graphic depictions of a sexual natureClick here for the text version||16 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||China’s funeral revolutionaries - Podcast||Inspired by Silicon Valley, two entrepreneurs set out to disrupt China’s seedy funeral industry. Could they succeed in the face of decades of corruption and bureaucracy? By Jonathan KaimanClick here for text version||14 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The genius of The Great British Bake Off - Podcast||How it became something much larger than television – a global cultural phenomenon and the perfect show for Britain nowClick here for the text version||7 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Who killed the 20th century’s greatest spy? - Podcast||When Ashraf Marwan fell to his death from the balcony of a London flat, he took his secrets with him. Was he working for Egypt or Israel? And did the revelation of his identity lead to his murder?Click here for text version||2 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Martin Chulov on why Isis fights - audio long read||Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East. Click here for a text version||28 9 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Timothy Snyder on why Hitler's world may not be so far away - audio||Misunderstanding the Holocaust has made us too certain we are ethically superior to the Europeans of the 1940s. Faced with a new catastrophe – such as devastating climate change – could we become mass killers again? Click here for text version||24 9 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
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