The Battle Over Dyslexia

A dive into the contentious and messy world of diagnosing dyslexia.

Author: Sirin Kale
Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 17, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,316 words)

‘I picked up a drink and casually set fire to my life’: how addiction nearly destroyed me

“Find a job, lose the job, go to jail: Guardian reporter Mario Koran found himself in a dangerous cycle. But behind bars, he discovered a new purpose.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 21, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,957 words)

How Philanthropy Benefits the Super-Rich

““We should expect inequality to decrease somewhat as philanthropy increases … It has not,” writes Kevin Laskowski, a field associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,043 words)

‘It’s Going to Be Our Way Now’: The Guerrilla Rewilder Shaking Up British Farming

“If we keep on course with this we’ll be left living on a planet full of pigeons and dogs on the beaten-down crust of our own excrement.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 4, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,100 words)

I Ran Away To a Remote Scottish Isle. It Was Perfect

“Crowded out of the city by noise and stress, I embraced the wild solitude of a Hebridean island – and found a connection to nature.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 26, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,343 words)

‘Knowing It Could Kill You Isn’t a Deterrent’: The Deadly Trade in Diet Pills

“She told her friend she wanted to get into a residential eating disorders clinic. She also ordered more DNP.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 21, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,433 words)

Italy’s Call for Urgent Help Was Ignored as Coronavirus Swept Through Europe

No one had enough PPE. No one listened to the pleas of health ministers. And no one thought of themselves as part of a larger community — a sort of “European Union,” if you will — that should coordinate a response.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 15, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,660 words)

‘Mama Boko Haram’: One Woman’s Extraordinary Mission To Rescue ‘Her Boys’ From Terrorism

“Aisha Wakil knew many of Boko Haram’s fighters as children. Now she uses those ties to broker peace deals, mediate hostage negotiations and convince militants to put down their weapons — but as the violence escalates, her task is becoming impossible.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 9, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,184 words)

What’s Wrong with WhatsApp

“WhatsApp, the unmoderated, self-governing, amoral collective – larger than a conversation, smaller than a public – has become a dominant and disruptive political force in our society, much as figures such as Bion and Lewin feared.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 2, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,552 words)

‘A Chain of Stupidity’: the Skripal Case and the Decline of Russia’s Spy Agencies

“The new hero of journalism was no longer a grizzled investigator burning shoe leather, à la All the President’s Men, but a pasty-looking kid in front of a MacBook Air.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 23, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,864 words)