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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
 
Every day, faculty members at schools and universities throughout the world are making discoveries that shape our ways of thinking and redefine our understanding of today's knowledge-driven society. Since 1990, The Best of Our Knowledge has highlighted breakthroughs across disciplines and across the globe, putting you in touch with the men and women at the forefront of their fields. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, a ...
 
Join me as I discuss literature from my perspective. A new take on classics and modern novella. Reading through the last page only, I will attempt to recreate the story based on the information given...which may not always be quite so accurate.
 
Only stories will feed the Beast! To The Manor Borne By Robots is an all-original sci-fi series. A gigantic monster can only be kept from destroying the world by being read stories.. Each episode features the on-going tale of the struggle to destroy The Beast, and a stand-alone story, all rendered by voice actors, with sound effects and music. Journey to the Manor!
 
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When Bill Schutt writes a book, it tends to get messy, at least his non-fiction books. His first was called “Dark Banquet” which dealt with vampire bats and other creatures who feed on blood. To follow that up he wrote “Cannibalism – A Perfectly Natural History,” which dealt with…well I think you know what that dealt with. Now he is back with a vol…
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: Saifullah Paracha, the oldest prisoner in Guantánamo Bay, will probably die in detention without ever being charged. His son is currently in a US prison. Both have been in custody for almost 15…
 
In 2018, Indian police claimed to have uncovered a shocking plan to bring down the government. But there is mounting evidence that the initial conspiracy was a fiction – and the accused are victims of an elaborate plot. By Siddhartha Deb. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod…
 
Trigger Warning: Adult Language, Sexual scenes, r word This was an uncomfortable set of stories! I decide to switch things up and predict the sequels for Vampirates, things get down and dirty with Ravish, and I forget which ones the author during Jane Eyre! Thank you for your support. Be sure to like, share, and review! If you are interested in any…
 
This week, since it was first published in 1995, James W Loewen’s book “Lies My Teacher Told Me – Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong” has sold over 2 million copies. In 2018, a new edition of the book was released, with a new preface written by Loewen for what he calls the age of alternative facts. We had a delightful conversation …
 
The creators of the Aibo robot dog say it has ‘real emotions and instinct’. This may seem over the top, but is it? In today’s AI universe, all the eternal questions have become engineering problems. By Meghan O’Gieblyn. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2017: The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not fast enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea or does it speak to our troubled times? By Andy Beckett. Help support our i…
 
We look at "The Lucky One", "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" and "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" and create some new stories for all three. I also dive deeper into teaching and life and have a very prominent voice in this episodeAv ItsEliok
 
This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll explore the digitization of libraries. The dream of creating a universal library has been around since there have been libraries. In the digital age, several research libraries wanted to make this dream a reality but found the project a bit daunting. And then along came Google. They took on the task of …
 
To every age dogged with pollution, accidents and congestion, the transport solution for the next generation seems obvious – but the same problems keep coming back. By Tom Standage. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2015: John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí. For many years, he worried that his obsession with playing silly games was ruining his career – until he realise…
 
If cellular agriculture is going to improve on the industrial system it is displacing, it needs to grow without passing the cost on to workers, consumers and the environment. By Jan Dutkiewicz and Gabriel N Rosenberg. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
The novels I will be looking at this week are "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan; "Bug Park" by James P. Hogan; and "Looking for Alaska" by John Green. Things get serious as a few of the novels leave me tongue tied and unsure where to go. I also dive a little bit more into my personal life, which is probably as exciting as it sounds!The podcast…
 
Education technology has come a long way from the very first attempts a century ago. This week, we’ll explore the history of teaching machines. Today we think nothing of seeing laptops and iPads in the classroom. But there have been attempts at creating so-called teaching machines since the early 20th Century. And it’s the history of those early te…
 
In the face of scorn and contempt from former IRA members, a small number of dissident groups remain committed to armed action. What do they think they can achieve? By Marisa McGlinchey. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2017: The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human. By St…
 
For the hardline conservatives ruling Poland and Hungary, the transition from communism to liberal democracy was a mirage. They fervently believe a more decisive break with the past is needed to achieve national liberation. By Nicholas Mulder. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod…
 
I take an in depth look at the last page of three new stories and get into my personal life and a few reflections as well, in Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and Undercover Marriage: Witness Protection by Terri Reed.Av ItsEliok
 
This week, We suspect that as you go about your day-to-day life, the global supply chain is not something you give a lot of thought to. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has upset that supply chain to the point that it has likely had an effect on at least one or two things you do. From shortages of toilet paper early in the pandemic to the current lac…
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: How the rise of the luxury pram capitalised on the status anxiety of a new generation of parents. By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longrea…
 
In 2003, the destruction of one particular statue in Baghdad made worldwide headlines and came to be a symbol of western victory in Iraq. But there was so much more to it – or rather, so much less. By Alex von Tunzelmann. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
I create my first ever podcast and take a look at 3 separate novels. First up is Dark Lover by JR Ward. I break down that I know absolutely nothing even after reading the last page. After that I take a look at As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner which all turns bananas. Finally I finish up by realizing that I want to read and explore these novels mo…
 
The numbers of ways educators were able to do their jobs and serve their students during the COVID-19 pandemic is probably equal to the number of educators that exist. Just about every teacher has a personal story to tell. Today, we are going to Alexandria, Virginia to meet Rabbi Bailey Romano. She was just about a year into her career as a Jewish …
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: Last year Northern Irish paramilitary Gary Haggarty pleaded guilty to hundreds of violent crimes, including many killings – while working for the British state. By Ian Cobain. Help support our …
 
China’s video game market is the world’s biggest. International developers want in on it – but its rules on what is acceptable are growing increasingly harsh. Is it worth the compromise? By Oliver Holmes. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
We hear a lot today about lots of job openings and not enough workers, but many companies are blocking a good chunk of the country from even applying: people without college degrees. This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk about a recent op/ed in the Washington Post that talks about degree discrimination. The editorial was written by the…
 
Killer robots hunt the Master through the proton collider at CERN. The ambulance carrying the Green Man, Crane, Penitento & the Chief erupts in bloody chaos. Time dissolves in the future, sending Bob & X-31 on a frantic race to the exit. In stand-alone story The Pink Cloud, a wannabe realtor-to-the-ultrarich must give it everything he's got inside …
 
When I was six, a chance encounter with rhythmic gymnastics – all ribbons, sequins and smiles – opened up a sublime, sometimes cruel new world. By 12, I had quit. What had it all meant? By Rebecca Liu. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2017: What began as an investigation into money laundering quickly turned into something much greater, uncovering a vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeering. By Jonathan Watts. …
 
Since the Supreme Court ended its session in June, all eyes are on Justice Stephen Breyer. If he were to retire, it would give President Joe Biden a chance to fulfill one of his major campaign promises: to appoint a woman of color to the bench. This week, we’ll open up history class and talk again about the women shortlisted for the bench. In the h…
 
It is true that before British rule, India was starting to fall behind other parts of the world – but many of the arguments defending the Raj are based on serious misconceptions about India’s past, imperialism and history itself. By Amartya Sen. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod…
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: How a homeless child grew up to become the most inventive chef in history. By Kieran Morris. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod…
 
Flordelis grew up in a Rio favela, but rose to fame after adopting more than 50 children, becoming a hugely successful gospel singer and winning a seat in congress. And now she is on trial for murde. By Tom Phillips. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
This week, a new children’s book takes on media literacy. We’ll also hear about a pair of kid’s books about the insect world. A puppy has lost his bones, and the search is on to find his lost treats. That’s an extremely brief summary of the new book by Amy Jussel called “The Secret of the Vanishing Bones: Tracking the Data Trail." The book, aimed a…
 
Statues of historical figures are lazy, ugly and distort history. From Cecil Rhodes to Rosa Parks, let’s get rid of them all. By Gary Younge with additional reporting by Meghan Tinsley, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, Chloe Peacock and Sadia Habib.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod…
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: Their hero is Jordan Belfort, their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles. But what are these self-styled traders really selling? By Symeon Brown. Help support our independent journa…
 
Dumba has spent her life performing in circuses around Europe, but in recent years animal rights activists have been campaigning to rescue her. When it looked like they might succeed, Dumba and her owners disappeared. By Laura Spinney. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod…
 
When Apollo 11 landed on the moon they indeed stepped where no man has gone before. But once they got there, they didn’t go far. This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about the development of the lunar rover, and how that opened up the later Apollo missions with lunar road trips. Watch a great video of the Apollo 15 astronauts driving…
 
Moving to Paris in 1992 as a black American kid was totally disorienting. Its underground rap scene became my map to the city, and the soundtrack to my formative years. By Jesse McCarthy. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: Some economists say the minimum wage should be raised. Others say it’s already too high. But what if both sides are missing the point? By Peter C Baker. Help support our independent journalism …
 
What’s your dream job? Chances are that over the years the answer to that question has changed. Those are the questions that Dr. Kevin Hoff tries to answer in his new research paper in the Journal of Career Assessment called “Dream Jobs and Employment Realities: How Adolescents’ Career Aspirations Compare to Labor Demands and Automation Risks”. Dr.…
 
For decades, anthropologists have been telling us that it’s often the informal, unplanned interactions and rituals that matter most in any work environment. So how much are we missing by giving them up? By Gillian Tett. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodAv The Guardian
 
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: More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing? By Bernhard Warner. Help supp…
 
During the second world war, Chinese merchant seamen helped keep Britain fed, fuelled and safe – and many gave their lives doing so. But from late 1945, hundreds of them who had settled in Liverpool suddenly disappeared. Now their children are piecing together the truth. By Dan Hancox. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/long…
 
Many states have either passed or proposed bans on teaching Critical Race Theory in schools. The bills seem to have less to do with education and more to do with political culture wars. But what exactly is Critical Race Theory. This week, instead of asking a politician, I went to an educator. Rosalind Fisher is an instructor of Sociology at the Uni…
 
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