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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.
 
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Seriously…
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A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With over 1,500 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One has the largest archive of documentaries available globally. These productions are radio stories about real life and contain documentaries dating as far back as 1954, right up to the present day. A wealth of life, ideas and experiences are on offer - but most importantly - stories. Winner of over 150 national and international awards since 2008, why not immerse yourself in a world o ...
 
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Short Cuts
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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
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Earshot - ABC RN
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Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.
 
December 31, 1999: The world braced for disaster as midnight approached. Then, nothing happened. The hysteria over the Y2K computer bug quickly became an afterthought; a punch-line. In Surviving Y2K, Dan Taberski takes you back to the turn of the millennium to meet the people for whom it was anything but a joke — computer coders, conspiracy theorists, survivalists, and true believers — as they each face their own version of the apocalypse. And Dan tells a new millennium story of his own, abo ...
 
We humans could have a bright future ahead of us that lasts billions of years. But we have to survive the next 200 years first. Join Josh Clark of Stuff You Should Know for a 10-episode deep dive that explores the future of humanity and finds dangers we have never encountered before lurking just ahead. And if we humans are alone in the universe, if we don't survive intelligent life dies out with us too.
 
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Making Obama
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Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. Season One of Making told the story of how Oprah built a media empire. Now, the story of how Chicago shaped the country's first African-American president.
 
Showcase, from PRX’s Radiotopia, features original podcast series of all stripes, from emerging and leading producers around the world.
 
The Kitchen Sisters Present… Stories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission. The episodes tell deeply layered stories, lush with interviews, field recordings and music. From powerhouse producers The Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls, The Sonic Memorial Project, Lost & Found Sound, Fugitive Waves and coming soon… The Keepers). "The Kitchen Sisters have done some of best radio stories ever broadcast ...
 
Every week, WNYC tells you about the best documentaries as they become available on screens of any size. Our hosts are Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, co-founders of the Pure Nonfiction podcast and the DOC NYC festival, the largest non-fiction film festival in the U.S. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, 2 Dope Queens, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and many more.
 
Newstalk features documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects, from the plight of the Malawi people to the Aurora Borealis, and everything in between.
 
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A Point of View
Weekly
 
A weekly reflection on a topical issue
 
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Scene on Radio
Monthly
 
Scene on Radio is a Peabody-nominated podcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society, exploring who we were and who we are. Recent many-part series include Seeing White, looking at the roots and meaning of white supremacy, and *MEN, *exploring the past and present of sexism and patriarchy. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) and is distributed by PRX.
 
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Latino USA
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Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation.
 
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74 Seconds
Monthly
 
74 Seconds tells the story of a July 2016 traffic stop that ended with the world watching a man die, live on their phones. This is the story of that man, Philando Castile, and the officer who is about to go on trial for his death, Jeronimo Yanez. Through comprehensive reporting, MPR News examines this intersection of race, policing, justice and safety in America. A lot can happen in 74 seconds.
 
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Something Was Wrong
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When Sara got engaged she thought she was marrying the Christian man of her dreams. Until one week before their wedding when she learned - something was wrong. Something Was Wrong is a docu-series podcast about the discovery, trauma and recovery of being engaged to a sociopath. Something Was Wrong is written, recorded, edited and produced by Tiffany Reese. (@LookieBoo) All music by Glad Rags. Hear their newest album, Wonder Under via iTunes. (@GladRagsMusic) Check out Sara’s personal blog, S ...
 
The Story is our podcast dedicated to our finest audio documentaries, investigations, and long form stories. Subscribe to the podcast to get new episodes in your feed.
 
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Pretend Radio
Monthly
 
Pretend Radio is a documentary-style podcast about real people pretending to be someone else. I interview con artists, snake oil salesmen, undercover FBI agents—pretty much anyone living a lie.
 
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Re:sound
Monthly
 
The most compelling and creative audio documentaries and features produced worldwide, curated by the Third Coast Festival's. Featuring audio treats such as producer profiles and more experimental work.
 
Newstalk features documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects, from the plight of the Malawi people to the Aurora Borealis, and everything in between.
 
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Sound Matters
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Bang & Olufsen presents Sound Matters: a series of podcasts looking at – and listening to – all the sounds of the world around us. Forthcoming instalments will investigate all kinds of sounds that happen in our noisy cosmos, how we listen to them, the stories we tell about them, and all the ideas, inventions, discoveries, possibilities and ideas that live in the realm of the audible. Written and produced by Tim Hinman and supported by Bang & Olufsen.
 
Documentaries. We all love them. They educate, manipulate and enlighten us to the world. A good documentary can get everyone talking, and on this podcast, bad documentaries can do that too. The Documenteers podcast features a guy named Bob Sham, and a revolving cast of enthusiasts, discussing a myriad of documentary topics. True crime, nature, sports, music, history, the classics and more. The hosts give heartfelt analysis that is never too serious. Sometimes real emotions actually occur. Do ...
 
The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.
 
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Us & Them
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We tell stories from the fault lines that separate Americans. Peabody Award-winning public radio producer Trey Kay listens to people on both sides of the divide.
 
An archive of all of The Australian's award-winning collection of investigative and narrative podcasts.
 
Radio essays, reportage, appreciations, memory pieces, poetry, travel writing and personal accounts.
 
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The Document
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The Document is KCRW's new kind of mashup of documentaries and radio - telling addictive, real life, right now stories.
 
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Public Official A
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Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today.
 
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Longreads
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Interviews, essays, reporting and discussion from the home of the best longform stories on the web.
 
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Seeking Peace
Weekly
 
Seeking Peace is a new podcast that explores the role of women in war and peace. Women are too often seen as victims of conflict. But they are leaders and often unsung heroes. We bring you their stories. This podcast is a production of Georgetown's Institute for Women, Peace & Security.
 
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Scene on Radio
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Scene on Radio is a Peabody-nominated podcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society, exploring who we were and who we are. Recent many-part series include Seeing White, looking at the roots and meaning of white supremacy, and *MEN, *exploring the past and present of sexism and patriarchy. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) and is distributed by PRX.
 
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The Big Pond
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In collaboration with radio producers and broadcasters from the US and Germany, The Big Pond is home to up to 50 podcasts produced over the next year, all of which available for free on our website and via iTunes and Spotify. With features on topics such as music, sports, history, religion, language or society, a many-sided portrayal of life in Germany and in the US is drafted.
 
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On Docs
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Join Colin Ellis for this podcast on documentaries and the stories they tell. He'll introduce you to filmmakers who give us fascinating takes on people, perspectives and what it means to be human.
 
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The Response
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The Response is a podcast documentary series exploring the remarkable communities that arise in the aftermath of natural disasters. Spanning the globe, each episode takes a deep dive into a unique location to uncover the extraordinary stories that are hidden just beneath the surface of everyday life.
 
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"For many Parisians, it's Notre Dame's constancy that's so reassuring" writes Joanna Robertson. "Pass by before dawn, she’s waiting there. Or late at night, amidst the deserted streets, her dark form is holding steady. Notre Dame was inviolable".Joanna Robertson reflects on how the fire is changing that taken-for-granted sight. Producer: Adele ...…
 
A radio documentary about how Dubliner John Curran's fascination with best selling novelist Agatha Christie has changed his life and brought a new Hercule Poirot story to the world for the first time in 30 years. (2010)
 
This week, journeys of discovery, from personal identity to mathematical infinity. Sister, Sister by Simone Polanen for The Nod from Gimlet Media. Simone thought she knew her little sister well, until she discovered a major part of her sister’s identity that she knew nothing about. When she confronts her sister, the conversation gets heated. 10 ...…
 
Calamities such as Fyre festival have tarnished the booming business of YouTube and Instagram stars. Now the industry’s top tastemakers have a new plan: keeping it real Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
 
When Austin's cumbia-funk institution Grupo Fantasma went to record their seventh album at a studio in Tornillo, Texas, they had no idea that right next door was a tent city for detained immigrant youth operated by ICE. When they found out, they decided they had to do something. So they teamed up with fellow legends Ozomatli and Locos Por Juana ...…
 
Catherine Cusick, Aaron Gilbreath, Krista Stevens and Kelly Stout share what they've been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. What’s Behind the Elective-Sobriety Trend at elemental How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison at High Country News Lost at Sea at Harpers The Curious Tale of the Salish Sea Feet at Lon ...…
 
“Hail Satan?” is a documentary comedy profiling a network of pagan worshippers and political provocateurs in the Satanic Temple. Director Penny Lane follows co-founder Lucian Greaves and his band of merry Satanists as they challenge state governments over freedom of religion. — Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers For more information, click here ...…
 
Clara Amfo assesses the rise of voguing in the UK, a dance form with its origins among queer, mostly black and Latino people in the Harlem ballroom scene. Voguing is currently having a resurgence in popularity thanks to shows like Pose, Top 40 artists using the dance form in their music videos and live performances, and the current political cl ...…
 
Hello fans of tiny documentaries that many don't consider documentaries, but actually they are as written and decreed in the Book of Herzog that has not yet been available to the public. Welcome to the Documenteers podcast. The SHORTIES edition! Angela joins Bob for a three-part Shorty series on celebrity fronted bands. This week we start us of ...…
 
Penny Lane (yes, that is her real name), the director of the funny, thought-provoking new documentary "Hail Satan?" tells the story of the modern Satanic Temple. But this week, she tells the story of what happened before the Temple: the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. More than 130 people went to prison for the heinous, ritualized abuse of small ch ...…
 
Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford present highlights from their podcast in which they investigate everyday mysteries using the power of science.
 
What is it like to be Muslim nowadays in the Midwest, the so-called Heartland of the US? And how does that reality connect to the one in Germany? Our producers Rosemary Pennington and Joe Sampson interviewed members of several Muslim communities as well as speakers of Muslim advocacy groups in the Cincinnati area.…
 
A few weeks ago, student organization MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán) voted to change their name after 50 years—and that decision was met with a lot of commentary, especially on social media. Those in favor of the name change, argue that dropping the words "Chicanx" and "Aztlán" from the name, makes MEChA more inclusive. But ot ...…
 
RTÉ producer Norris Davidson travels on a flying visit to Boston, America for the first time on the first direct flight of an Irish airliner. He begins his trip with a visit to his GP, to clear himself of Smallpox, then his Visa & to the Airport to board St. Bridget. This two-part travel feature which was also a entry for Prix Italia 1959. (1959)…
 
Sophie Lucido Johnson reads her essay How Does a Person Lose Track of Their Diary?, appearing in an illustrated version on Longreads.com, in which diary found in a used bookstore sets Johnson on a path she could never have expected. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Jason Oberholtzer with help from Sari ...…
 
In the world of classical ballet, black dancers are conspicuous by their absence. Eric Underwood, a former soloist with The Royal Ballet, wants to understand what might be restricting their participation. In Amsterdam, Eric meets Michaela DePrince, born in Sierra Leone and now performing as a soloist for the Dutch National Ballet. Misty Copelan ...…
 
Hello, Doccalos. You ready to get your walk right? You ready to either burn or expand your collection of rock music? Jonni and Bob dive into the 3 hour expose on Satanic themes in popular (and sometimes very underground) music. We’re discussing the notorious christian film “Hell’s Bells: The Dangers of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Eric Holmberg and Reel 2 ...…
 
Rachael Ryan explores what life is like for the siblings of people with additional needs in Ireland...
 
Rachael Ryan explores what life is like for the siblings of people with additional needs in Ireland...
 
The spectre of superintelligent machines doing us harm is not just science fiction, technologists say – so how can we ensure AI remains ‘friendly’ to its makers? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
 
On today's programme: The Road To Perdition by A. M. Cousins; A Last Supper by John MacKenna; But Still They Come by Roslyn Dee; Kells in Monaco, a poem by James Harpur; The Call of the Camino by Brian Leyden and Palm Sunday by Helen Delaney
 
What is freedom of speech and how much of it do we have? Sami Shah goes in search of the origins and limits of our free and frank speech.
 
Sami Shah finds out what political correctness is and why it’s so darn mad.
 
A young woman posted on Facebook on Anzac Day and Australia went mad. Sami Shah investigates why every comedian of colour is afraid of being 'Yassmined'.
 
Sami Shah looks at where the free speech lines are being drawn on campus and in our comedy clubs.
 
Online, on campus, everywhere we’re losing free and frank speech. Sami Shah discovers the consequences of this loss but also finds some solutions.
 
"If you have ever tried to scan a bio-metric passport, an e-ticket or just a packet of frozen peas", writes AL Kennedy, "you'll know that using technology can turn, within moments, into a bizarre ritual of presenting, rubbing, re-presenting, murmured prayers and computer generated instructions which lead either to complete defeat or the interve ...…
 
Millions of us now have virtual assistants, in our homes and our pockets. Even children’s toys are getting smart. But when we talk to them, who is listening? • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
 
Celebrated jazz musician Arturo O'Farrill has dedicated his life to envisioning a future of inclusion and collaboration. His newest project, "Fandango at the Wall," was inspired by a festival he participated in on the U.S.-Mexico border. In the album, O'Farrill brings together the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with more than 60 musicians. In this e ...…
 
Aaron Gilbreath, Matt Giles, Danielle Jackson and Soraya Roberts share what they've been reading and nominate stories for the Weekly Top 5 Longreads. This week's conversation includes: What Remains from The California Sunday Magazine Why black people discriminate among ourselves: the toxic legacy of colorism at The Guardian Privileged at The Pl ...…
 
The documentary “Screwball” looks at the colorful Miami characters involved in the baseball doping scandal that implicated Alex Rodriguez and other Major League Baseball players. Filmmaker Billy Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys”) blends comedy with true crime, upholding Florida’s reputation as a sunny place for shady people. — Raphaela Neihausen and Th ...…
 
There are no shortage of environmental issues to keep track of, but what about soil degradation? This podcast is part of The Australian's coverage of the Global Food Forum, an annual conference presented in partnership with VISY. You can find more content like this at: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/global-food-forum-2019 Music used ...…
 
Animal senses reveal a wealth of information that humans can't access. Birds can see in ultra violet, and some fish can 'feel' electricity. But how do different species sense time?If you've ever tried to swat flies, you'll know that they seem to have super-powered reactions that let them escape before you can blink. Presenter Geoff Marsh asks w ...…
 
America has a drug addiction crisis. Recovery could take decades. Opioid addiction has hit Appalachia harder than any region in the nation. This episode, Trey talks to Caitlin Esch, a reporter for The Uncertain Hour podcast produced by APM’s Marketplace. Caitlin has spent years tracking the challenges of the drug epidemic in Wise County, VA, wh ...…
 
“How attached are you to the idea of being white?” Chenjerai Kumanyika puts that question to host John Biewen, as they revisit an unfinished conversation from a previous episode. Part 7 of our series, Seeing White.
 
“How attached are you to the idea of being white?” Chenjerai Kumanyika puts that question to host John Biewen, as they revisit an unfinished conversation from a previous episode. Part 7 of our series, Seeing White.
 
As most of the Western world, the US and Germany have a waste problem – and recycling has been pushed by policymakers as one of the best ways to combat it. In Baltimore and Berlin, conversations with locals and experts reveal that recycling is not necessarily working as it should be on both sides of the Atlantic.…
 
Peter Pan syndrome is when someone refuses to grow up. It’s neither a disease nor a recognized mental disorder—it’s just a state of mind. Today, you're going to meet a man who became a fugitive in order to live in his very own Neverland. Larry Douglas Jones is not your typical fugitive. He had a wife and three kids. And to be honest, he's not a ...…
 
Hey, Doccalo! This Shorties episode feeds into an intense need by audiences that want podcast content about something they’ve never heard of, have never seen, and possibly will never see. A little over three minutes long and currently only available as an extra on the “Rainbow Man / John 3:16” DVD. Sam Green’s “N Judah 5:30” is a brief glimpse ...…
 
Why has the world become so Ironic now? from those who say one thing but hold another view. Although Irony, is used each day by thousands of people, it's also influenced our music, art and buildings. Richard Herriott explores the world of Irony and if Irony was banned - how would it change our lives? (1996)…
 
In the U.S., the two fastest-growing ethnic groups are Asian and Latino—and those groups are not mutually exclusive. For centuries, immigrants from Asia have settled in Mexico all the way down to Argentina, and their descendants carry both Asian and Latin American identities. Inside the U.S., Asians and Latinos have lived side-by-side in heavil ...…
 
Maris Kreizman reads her essay "Cast by Chronic Illness Into a Limiting Role" about dreaming of performing arts camp and ending up homesick at diabetes camp instead. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produced by Jason Oberholtzer with help from Sari Botton. Hosted by Catherine Cusick. Mixed and scored with original ...…
 
Life for the child of an alcoholic can be lonely, locked inside a house of secrets.A code of silence means they don't want to talk to friends, or neighbours, or even their brothers and sisters.Journalist Camilla Tominey, whose mother was an alcoholic, hears their stories.Since having her own children, Camilla has longed to travel back in time a ...…
 
Thank you for listening to the Documenteers! This episode, Bob and Angela go down the 90s hole for a story that anyone conscious at the time will always remember. We’re talking about that time Lorena Bobbitt cut off the dick of John Wayne Bobbitt resulting in Jay Leno babbling a slight variation of the same joke for the next 20 years. But this ...…
 
Today we honor pioneering filmmaker Agnés Varda, part of the French New Wave of the 1960s, who died on March 29, 2019 at home at age 90. Varda broke ground in many mediums — features, documentaries, photography and art installations. Her work often focused on feminist issues and social commentary with a distinctive experimental style. One of he ...…
 
China’s leaders have championed milk as the emblem of a modern, affluent society – but their radical plan to triple the nation’s consumption will have a huge environmental cost • Read the text version here. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
 
In the final episode of Spacebridge, big TV-satellite “spacebridges” become popular in the USSR, but remain a logistical nightmare—and for American producers, especially—a labor of love that few can afford. Meanwhile, a new breed of citizen diplomat enters the scene, determined to do an end-run around the USSR’s ancient telephone system. They f ...…
 
Tiffany sits down with Sara and her sister Emily to answer listener questions and reflect on the season.
 
On today's programme: Rwanda Revisited by Justin Kilcullen; Encounters With Wildness by Lani O’Hanlon; Appasionata by John F Deane; Mother Shell, a poem by Denise Blake; A Backstop From Out Of Left Field by Jonathan White; and Remembering Margaret: Lost In Rwanda by Anne O’Mahony
 
As the 'migrant caravans' continue to roll into Tijuana, on the US-Mexico border, journalist Janak Rogers spent a week on the ground in the city, speaking with recent arrivals and local residents.
 
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