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Super cubes: inside the (surprisingly) big business of packaged ice – podcast

Britain’s leading ice company makes five billion cubes a year, filling everything from cocktail glasses to ice baths. Now it faces its toughest challenge – for what is ice without a party season? By George Reynolds Continue reading...

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

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 In March 2018, on a cold, grey Monday afternoon in East Lansing, Michigan, about 500 militant antifascists gathered in a car park...

From the archive: Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin – podcast

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: Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin? Continue reading...

The day my voice broke: what an injury taught me about the power of speech

When I damaged my vocal cords, I was forced to change the way I spoke – and discovered how much our voices reveal who we areSome years ago, I was invited by my then boss, Jann Wenner, the owner of Rolling Stone, to be the lead singer in a band he was putting together from the magazine’s staff. I had just turned 41, and I jumped at the opportunity to...

Trump's defeat and the death throes of the Civil War – podcast

How Republicans applied old school racism to new demographics, and lost. By Gary Younge Continue reading...

'Singing and dancing to their deaths': football’s forgotten tragedy – podcast

In 1971, an Old Firm derby at Ibrox ended with the death of 66 fans as they celebrated a late goal. John Hodgman survived the terrifying crush and, 50 years on, asks how Rangers avoided taking responsibility. By John Hodgman Continue reading...

'Colonialism had never really ended': my life in the shadow of Cecil Rhodes

After growing up in a Zimbabwe convulsed by the legacy of colonialism, when I got to Oxford I realised how many British people still failed to see how empire had shaped lives like mine – as well as their own There was no single moment when I began to sense the long shadow that Cecil John Rhodes has cast over my life, or over the university where I am...

From the archives: Total recall: the people who never forget – podcast

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: An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory. By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie Continue reading...

How I survived a Chinese 're-education' camp for Uighurs

After 10 years living in France, I returned to China to sign some papers and I was locked up. For the next two years, I was systematically dehumanised, humiliated and brainwashedThe man on the phone said he worked for the oil company, “In accounting, actually”. His voice was unfamiliar to me. At first, I couldn’t make sense of what he was calling about....

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

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. Continue reading...

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