From Lagos to Winchester: How a Divisive Nigerian Pastor Built a Global Following

“Watching the disciples pay their last respects, it struck me how even for the most devoted and grief-stricken, Joshua’s death might be experienced, in part, as a liberation.”

 

 

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 9, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,677 words)

A Dog’s Inner Life: What a Robot Pet Taught Me About Consciousness

“‘Clearly this is not a biological dog,’ my husband said. He asked whether I had realised that the red light beneath its nose was not just a vision system but a camera, or if I’d considered where its footage was being sent. While I was away, he told me, the dog had roamed around the apartment in a very systematic way, scrutinising our furniture, our posters, our closets. It had spent 15 minutes scanning our bookcases and had shown particular interest, he claimed, in the shelf of Marxist criticism.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 10, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,208 words)

‘A Lesson in Loss, Humility and Absurdity’: How Rhythmic Gymnastics Took Over My Childhood

“To an outside observer, I was a little girl in a sparkly leotard throwing a hoop back and forth, but in reality, my life in rhythmic gymnastics felt less like a sleepover-friendly teen drama than one of those hardboiled stories about a steely renegade on a single-minded quest – usually a man, hardened by middle-age, gripped by an obsession so pure and powerful that it alienates everyone around him. At nine years old, I was that man.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 27, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,327 words)

The Invisible Addiction: Is It Time to Give Up Caffeine?

“It’s so pervasive that it’s easy to overlook the fact that to be caffeinated is not baseline consciousness but, in fact, an altered state. It just happens to be a state that virtually all of us share, rendering it invisible.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 6, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,952 words)

Inside the Mind of a Murderer: The Power and Limits of Forensic Psychiatry

“At the core of most motives for violence are assumptions about the intentions of others. Seb believed that a sinister collective was intent on keeping his mother hidden against her will.”

 

Author: Taj Nathan
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 17, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,484 words)

The Elephant Vanishes: How a Circus Family Went on the Run

“Today, many circus elephants in Europe are reaching old age. Campaigners want them placed in specially built sanctuaries, where they can enjoy retirement with their own kind. But their owners insist that for the elephants, being separated from their human “families” would be traumatic.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 8, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,455 words)

‘As Borders Closed, I Became Trapped in my Americanness’: China, the US and Me

“Once, a friend asked me: “How good are you at passing?” – that is, passing as Chinese-Chinese, not Chinese American. I wanted to pass, but like the many Asian Americans who, like me, have tried to go back to the motherland and find a place there, I could never “pass” for long.”

 

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 6, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,739 words)

‘We are Witnessing a Crime Against Humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid Catastrophe

“The system has not collapsed. The ‘system’ barely existed. The government – this one, as well as the Congress government that preceded it – deliberately dismantled what little medical infrastructure there was.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 28, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,369 words)

Out of Thin Air

The mystery of the man who fell from a passenger plane into a garden in south London.

Author: Sirin Kale
Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 15, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,274 words)

The Death Truck: How a Solution to Mexico’s Morgue Crisis Created a New Horror

“She and her team were there to determine how a container of unidentified human remains could have ended up near a residential area of a major city.”

 

 

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 1, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,132 words)