What links an eccentric Oxford classics don, billionaire US evangelicals and a tiny, missing fragment of an ancient manuscript?
How Hindu supremacists are tearing India apart – Samanth Subramanian
For seven decades, India has been held together by its constitution, which promises equality to all. But Narendra Modi’s BJP is remaking the nation into one where some people count as more Indian than others
It’s cheap, attractive and convenient, and we eat it every day – it’s difficult not to. But is ultra-processed food making us ill and driving the global obesity crisis?
After decades among the hidden homeless, Dominic Van Allen dug himself a bunker beneath a public park. But his life would get even more precarious
In the midst of fear and isolation, we are learning that profound, positive change is possible
Inside the mind of Dominic Cummings – Stefan Collini
He became the country’s de facto project manager, but what does he actually believe? In a bid to find out, I read (almost) everything Cummings has written in the last decade
Cholera has largely been beaten in the west, but it still kills tens of thousands of people in poorer countries every year. As we search for a cure for coronavirus, we have to make sure it will be available to everyone, not just to those in wealthy nations
Golden Dawn: the rise and fall of Greece’s neo-Nazis – Daniel Trilling
A decade ago, violent racists exploited a national crisis and entered mainstream politics in Greece. The party has since been caught up in the biggest trial of Nazis since Nuremberg, and is now crumbling – but its success remains a warning
Tampon wars: the battle to overthrow the Tampax empire – Sophie Elmhirst
For decades, one company has ruled the world of tampons. But a new wave of brands has emerged, selling themselves as more ethical, more feminist and more ecological
The last of the Zoroastrians – Shaun Walker
A funeral, a family, and a journey into a disappearing religion
How Republicans applied old-school racism to new demographics, and lost
The man in the iron lung – Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
When he was six, Paul Alexander contracted polio and was paralysed for life. Now he is 74, and one of the last people in the world still using an iron lung. But after surviving one deadly outbreak, he did not expect to find himself threatened by another
The end of tourism? – Christopher de Bellaigue
The pandemic has devastated global tourism, and many will say ‘good riddance’ to overcrowded cities and rubbish-strewn natural wonders. Is there any way to reinvent an industry that does so much damage?
(And if you enjoyed that, we also recommend Samanth Subramanian on the airline industry’s meltdown)
After losing four pregnancies, Jennie Agg set out to unravel the science of miscarriage. Then, a few months in, she found out she was pregnant again – just as the coronavirus pandemic hit
Gene and Sandy Ralston are a married couple in their 70s, who also happen to be among North America’s leading experts at searching for the dead
The battle over dyslexia – Sirin Kale
It was once a widely accepted way of explaining why some children struggled to read and write. But in recent years, some experts have begun to question the very existence of dyslexia
How Nespresso’s coffee revolution got ground down – Ed Cumming
Nestlé’s sleek, chic capsule system changed the way we drink coffee. But in an age when everyone’s a coffee snob and waste is wickedness, can it survive?
How maverick rewilders are trying to turn back the tide of extinction – Patrick Barkham
A handful of radical nature lovers are secretly breeding endangered species and releasing them into the wild. Many are prepared to break the law and risk the fury of the scientific establishment to save the animals they love
The mystery of the Gatwick drone – Samira Shackle
A drone sighting caused the airport to close for two days in 2018, but despite a lengthy police investigation, no culprit was ever found. So what exactly did people see in the Sussex sky?
In November 2019, James Le Mesurier, the British co-founder of the Syrian rescue group, fell to his death in Istanbul. What led an internationally celebrated humanitarian to take his own life?
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