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)

Hunting the Men Who Kill Women: Mexico’s Femicide Detective

“But if Guerrera was part of a movement of journalists chronicling the murders of women, she went one step further. She started trying to solve them, too.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 25, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,581 words)

Hunting For Books in the Ruins: How Syria’s Rebel Librarians Found Hope

“Most of them had already lost everything – their homes, their friends, their parents. Amid the chaos, they clung to books as if to life, hoping for a better tomorrow, for a better political system.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 16, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,336 words)

‘My Body is Unserviceable and Well Past Its Sell-By Date’: The Last Days of Avril Henry

“In his bestselling 1994 book How We Die, Dr Sherwin Nuland observed that, by the logic of hospital administrators and the US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, “it is illegal to die of old age”. Instead, “everybody is required to die of a named entity”: cancer or heart attack, stroke or traumatic injury. Plain old age – the natural wearing down of systems, the exhaustion of finite cellular life spans, the loss of internal equilibrium – did not count as a cause of death and was never a checkbox option on official paperwork.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 9, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,580 words)

The Rich Versus the Very, Very Rich

“When a Chinese billionaire bought one of Britain’s most prestigious golf clubs in 2015, dentists and estate agents were confronted with the unsentimental force of globalized capital.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 2, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,700 words)