Burying Leni Riefenstahl

One woman’s lifelong crusade against Hitler’s favorite filmmaker.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Dec 9, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,500 words)

What Lies Beneath: The Secrets of France’s Top Serial Killer Expert

Stéphane Bourgoin is a bestselling author in France, known for his expertise in serial killers and extensive interviews with more than 70 of them. Then a group of strangers began to investigate his past.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Nov 9, 2021
Length: 30 minutes (7,721 words)

How Two BBC Journalists Risked Their Jobs to Reveal the Truth About Jimmy Savile

“In his trademark brightly coloured shell suits, scant shorts and string vests, Savile had performed his perversions almost as much as he’d hidden them. His manner almost dared people to challenge him. Because of the UK’s punitive libel laws, no one ever had. On the Monday morning after Savile’s death, in the Newsnight office at BBC Television Centre, social affairs correspondent Liz MacKean and producer Meirion Jones began to investigate Savile’s history.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Nov 2, 2021
Length: 25 minutes (6,441 words)

‘Sun-Powered Orgasms Are Fantastic’: Why I Went to Live in a Desert Cave

“I walk out of my cave and down to the Valley of the Kings, as I call it. There are no houses, no people. Some think the “wild west” still exists in the US, but it’s hard to find a place where you can see for miles and miles without human habitation. At Garth’s, it could be the 1800s, or 10 million years ago – or 100 years into the future.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 2, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,061 words)

‘Iran Was Our Hogwarts’: My Childhood Between Tehran and Essex

“Every summer, our nervous little nuclear family became the heart of a sprawling community. Parties were thrown in our honour. Relatives usually separated by social status or ancient feuds broke bread together for the first time that year.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 23, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,310 words)

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)