Migrant Crisis: The Channel Beaches That Host a Lethal Trade in Human Hope

“Everyone knows the risks. Many in the camps are glued to an app on their phones that predicts the weather conditions in the Channel each day. Waves over a metre high spell real danger. But few are deterred, and those that are find themselves confronted with a dilemma. The networks want to be paid, and there are reports of them threatening customers if they change their minds.”

Source: BBC
Published: Nov 27, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,000 words)

Evil Corp: ‘My Hunt For the World’s Most Wanted Hackers’

“Some of the men are accused of causing widespread blackouts in Ukraine by hacking power grids. Others are wanted for trying to hack into a chemical weapons testing facility in the wake of the Salisbury poisonings.”

Author: Joe Tidy
Source: BBC
Published: Nov 17, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,276 words)

Why So Many of Us Are Casual Spider-Murderers

“With their tiny, beady eyes, spiders fall into this category – to our flawed ape-brains, they have a decidedly un-cute adult appearance, to which we ascribe off-putting qualities such as being less kind, trustworthy and warm.”

Source: BBC
Published: Oct 4, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,984 words)

The Lazarus Heist: How North Korea Almost Pulled Off a Billion-Dollar Hack

“The young Kim, who took power in late 2011 upon his father’s death, called nuclear weapons a “treasured sword”, but he too needed a way to fund them – a task complicated by the ever tighter sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council after the country’s first tests of a nuclear device and a long-range ballistic missile in 2006. Hacking was one solution, US authorities say.”

Source: BBC
Published: Jun 21, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,145 words)

Martin Bashir Inquiry: Diana, the Reporter and the BBC

“Like Lord Dyson, we have also seen internal BBC documents that not only show Bashir repeatedly lied, but also acknowledge that there was a serious breach of journalistic ethics and BBC rules.”

Author: John Ware
Source: BBC
Published: May 20, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,885 words)

Chinese Dreams on Native American Land: A Tale of Cannabis Boom and Bust

“The farms now lie empty. Inside abandoned mobile homes and barely insulated plywood shacks, the contents of every cupboard, drawer and closet are strewn across the floors, likely the work of law enforcement searching for evidence. The air smells of sewage and rotting food. Clothes still hang in the closets. Toothbrushes sit beside sinks. Outside, empty bottles and Chinese cigarette packets tumble across the fallow fields.”

Source: BBC
Published: May 8, 2021
Length: 25 minutes (6,345 words)

Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra: The Toughest, Weirdest Race You’ve Never Heard of

But how do runners actually get their head around not knowing whether a race will end in six hours or 60 hours? The verdict from the most successful competitors is simple: don’t even attempt to.

Source: BBC
Published: Apr 21, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)

Nil-by-Mouth Foodie: The Chef Who Will Never Eat Again

Lying in the intestinal failure unit she dreams up the recipes she will make when she has recovered and returned to her flat in Bournemouth.

Source: BBC
Published: Apr 18, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,709 words)

Netflix and Anna Delvey: The Race to Secure the Story of New York’s ‘Fake Heiress’

“Over time, payments from Netflix to Sorokin would rise to $320,000. And for the first time in almost 20 years, they triggered a controversial New York law, designed to stop convicted criminals from profiting from their crime.”

Source: BBC
Published: Feb 20, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,937 words)

The Snowy Countries Losing Their Identity

“Hartig’s research has linked unusually cool summer temperatures in Sweden to increased antidepressant use – an observation he says he would expect to apply to warmer winter temperatures too, which he suggests may exacerbate the already high incidence of depression during the winter. “We are really losing the qualities of the seasons that we value most,” Hartig says.”

Source: BBC
Published: Feb 15, 2021
Length: 6 minutes (1,600 words)