‘It’s nothing like a broken leg’: why I’m done with the mental health conversation

Hannah Jane Parkinson responds to so many empty refrains encouraging mentally ill patients to just ask for help, a beyond frustrating suggestion “when you’ve been asking for help and not getting it.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 30, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,513 words)

Arundhati Roy: ‘The Point of the Writer Is To Be Unpopular’

The acclaimed author answers questions from our readers and famous fans on the state of modern India, the threat of AI, and why sometimes only fiction can fully address the world.

Author: Tim Lewis
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 17, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,412 words)

Underpaid and Exhausted: The Human Cost of Your Kindle

At a recent awards ceremony, the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, said, “I’m very proud of our working conditions and very proud of the wages we pay”. So why do the temporary Chinese “dispatch workers” who make Amazon Kindles and smart speakers earn barely $2 an hour, have to ask permission to use the toilet, and receive standard hourly rates for overtime, in violation of Chinese labor law?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 9, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,608 words)

How Russia Let Britain Hide Its Dirty Money

Can rich Russian businesspeople, criminals and oligarchs influence British politics by investing their money in English assets? And is it too late to purge this money?

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 25, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,086 words)

No Cinderella: Margo Jefferson on the Real Meghan Markle

Margo Jefferson, author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Negroland, takes a probing look at the union of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 5, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,771 words)

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet the Wolves of Instagram

Using social medial, a new generation of young traders are selling an image of easy money and opulent living. All aspirants need to do is invest some money in something sketchy called binary options.

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 19, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,530 words)

The Demise of the Nation State

Trump may seem like America’s problem and Brexit England’s mistake, but we all live in the same global economic and political system now, one where our national borders won’t protect us. National authority is increasingly an illusion. We need a new transnational system to deal with our large scale ecological, social and financial problems.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 5, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,621 words)

Why I’m Suing Over My Dream Internship

Illgner was paid £30 a day for working nine-hour shifts as an intern at Monocle, a magazine based in London — well below the minimum wage. She’s suing for unpaid wages and asking her former employer to start paying its current and future interns the statutory national minimum wage.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 27, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,534 words)

Inside the OED: Can the World’s Biggest Dictionary Survive the Internet?

On the centuries-long quest to create the perfect, all-encompassing English dictionary.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 23, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,898 words)

Why Silicon Valley Billionaires Are Prepping for the Apocalypse in New Zealand

When civilization collapses, would you rather die or end up on a New Zealand sheep farm with cutthroat capitalist Peter Thiel, enjoying a transfusion of a young person’s blood?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 15, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,555 words)