‘My body feels like it is dying from the drugs that are meant to save me’: life as a cancer patient

When Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive breast cancer, she was confronted with a cure so poisonous that her body’s fluids became toxic to other people and corrosive to her body’s own tissues.

Author: Anne Boyer
Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 26, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,578 words)

The girl in a box: the mysterious crime that shocked Germany

In 1981, after being missing for 19 days, 10-year-old Ursula Herrmann was found buried in a box measuring 72cm by 60cm – the size of a small coffee table.  So, how did a member of the prosecution team, the victim’s brother, no less, end up acting in favor of the defense?

Author: Xan Rice
Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 24, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,135 words)

Dark Crystals: The Brutal Reality Behind a Booming Wellness Craze

The wellness industry has turned cheap stones into #healingcrystals, and the growing demand is damaging Madagascar, one of the Earth’s most biological diverse and fragile ecosystems, and putting its laborers into dangerous mines, many of them children. Is this how you heal yourself?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 17, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,925 words)

The Cult of Columbine: How an Obsession With School Shooters Led to a Murder Plot

“Put simply, the world of violent crime is masculine, at least statistically. But the consumers of crime stories are decidedly female. Women make up the majority of the readers of true-crime books and the listeners of true-crime podcasts. Women are not just passively consuming these stories; they are also finding ways to participate in them.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 20, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,797 words)

Life on Thin Ice

“Greenland’s melting has been adopted by the world as its own problem. But for the islanders grieving their dissolving world, the crisis is personal, and dangerous.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,816 words)

Athleisure, Barre and Kale: The Tyranny of the Ideal Woman

“Barre feels like exercise the way Sweetgreen feels like eating: both might better be categorized as mechanisms that help you adapt to arbitrary, prolonged agony.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 2, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,545 words)

Boar Wars: How Wild Hogs Are Trashing European Cities

Come to Europe for the Grand Tour! See the Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, the Sagrada Familia, and the newest addition, a colony of wild boars holding up traffic.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 30, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,329 words)

The weird magic of eiderdown

“In Iceland, the harvesting of these precious feathers has created a peculiar bond between human and duck. What can this unique relationship teach us?”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 19, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,778 words)

Inside the 21st-Century British Criminal Underworld

Rather than the classic white, pub-going thugs focusing on a single product, be it guns or drugs, England’s new criminal organizations are multinational, tech-savvy, and diversified, aka “polycriminal,” and they have helped make London the world capital of money-laundering.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 4, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,242 words)

The Big Scoop: What A Day With an Ice-Cream Man Taught Me About Modern Britain

“Tony Roach holds Eastbourne together with engine grease and dairy cream.”

Author: Sirin Kale
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 9, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,962 words)