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‘A united nations of crime’: how Marbella became a magnet for gangsters – podcast

The new international crime organisations have made Marbella their centre of operations. And as violence rises, the police lag far behind. By Nacho Carretero and Arturo Lezcano Continue reading...

Inside the mind of a murderer: the power and limits of forensic psychiatry

When I was called in to assess Seb, I needed to understand why he had committed such a horrendous crime. But first I had to get him to talkEven before Seb had arrived at the prison, five weeks before my first visit, the staff had received a notification that he ought to be subject to close monitoring. While still in police custody, an out-of-hours forensic...

From the archive: The race to save a dying language – 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, from 2016: The discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013 amazed linguists. But as the number of users dwindles, can it survive the twin threats of globalisation and a rift in the community? By Ross Perlin...

‘The Silicon Valley of turf’: how the UK’s pursuit of the perfect pitch changed football

They used to look like quagmires, ice rinks or dustbowls, depending on the time of year. But as big money entered football, pristine pitches became crucial to the sport’s image – and groundskeepers became starsIt was a big moment for English football talent when Real Madrid poached Paul Burgess from Arsenal in 2009. After starting his career at Blackpool...

The knackerman: the toughest job in British farming – podcast

Between accidents, disease and bad weather, farm animals are prey to so many disasters that dedicated professionals are called out to dispose of the casualties. It’s a grim task, and one that’s only getting more difficult. By Bella Bathurst Continue reading...

‘As borders closed, I became trapped in my Americanness’: China, the US and me – podcast

I’ve long nursed vague plans of moving back to China for a few years, to solidify my place there. But with each year that passes in the US, such a move gets harder and harder to make. By Angela Qian Continue reading...

Did Brazil’s evangelical superstar have her husband killed?

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 murderWhen Flordelis dos Santos de Souza boarded an air force jet from Rio de Janeiro to Brasília on the morning of 1 January 2019, she felt she was witnessing...

From the archive: The resistible rise of Marine Le Pen – podcast

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors.This week, from 2017: For years, she has accused French journalists of bias against her family and her party. Yet Marine Le Pen has managed to lead the far-right Front National into the political mainstream – and...

The elephant vanishes: how a circus family went on the run

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 One day in late September 2020, the Kludsky family – Yvonne, a slim, blond woman in her 60s, her husband, George, who is over 80 but still...

The bells v the boutique hotel: the battle to save Britain’s oldest factory – podcast

Whitechapel Bell Foundry dates back to 1570, and was the factory in which Big Ben and the Liberty Bell were made. But it shut in 2017, and a fight for its future has been raging ever since. By Hettie O’Brien Continue reading...

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