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)

A Joyless Trudge? No, thanks: Why I Am Utterly Sick of ‘Going For a Walk’

“Joylessly trudging around the same bit of my neighbourhood, for the fourth day in a row, in the interests of scavenging a crumb of mental health? Thanks, but no.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 27, 2021
Length: 7 minutes (1,789 words)

Five Fishermen, a Stormy Night and £53m of Cocaine: Were the Freshwater Five Wrongly Convicted?

“The men, now known as the Freshwater Five, were not typical multimillion-pound drug smugglers. They had no previous convictions relating to drugs or dishonesty, no forensic evidence linked them to the cocaine, and a Proceeds of Crime Act inquiry assessed their gains from criminality at zero.”

Author: Anna Moore
Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 18, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,013 words)

The Student and the Algorithm: How the Exam Results Fiasco Threatened One Pupil’s Future

Bright students in historically low-achieving schools were tumbling, sometimes in great, cliff-edge drops of two or three grades, because of institutional records they had nothing to do with.”

Author: Tom Lamont
Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 18, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,759 words)

Brazilian Butt Lift: Behind the World’s most Dangerous Cosmetic Surgery

“The BBL, like Robin Hood, takes from the rich – the wobbly belly – and gives to the poor: the flat, bony bum.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 9, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,886 words)

Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

“The way that Amazon does business – its pressuring of suppliers, its systematic annihilation of retail competitors, its incessant harvesting of its customers’ data, its treatment of its own workers as little better than machines – is, of course, inseparable from the personal wealth of its founder, Jeff Bezos, who earlier this week stepped down as CEO of the company.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 3, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,816 words)