The latest episode of The Conversation's In Depth, Out Loud podcast, in which we read out a selection of long form stories.
Life expectancy has been steadily improving in the UK for 110 years. Until now.
In this first episode of In Depth, Out Loud: an audio version of long form stories, a look at the cult of the Kim family.
Although some experts still disagree about the cause of Prince Albert's untimely demise, the most likely culprit seems to be the bacterium Salmonella typhi.
An obscure technology from the past has the potential to change the world's future.
All the signs were there when I was living in Myanmar at the rosiest moment in the transition to democracy.
The legitimacy of the IQ test is still hotly debated.
Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race, which comes with great opportunities but also huge risks.
As despotic personality cults go, Stalin's example still leads the pack. But North Korea's ruling family have taken it to a new extreme.
Rational arguments and myth busting often won't help you change the mind of a conspiracy theorist. But there are other ways.
For over a century, British authorities have ignored the exploitation of working-class girls.
On the trail of the men of Britain's Royal Aircraft Factory, who gave their lives to help create the world's first air force.
When Enlightenment thinkers were looking for a way to build a healthy and productive society, they hit upon the tuber.
The quest for technology to be the salvation of humankind neglects to consider some darker truths that lead to dystopia.
Decriminalisation changed the way homosexuality and gay culture were portrayed on screen.
The legacy of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised male homosexuality 50 years ago.
Cold War, dictators and cover-ups – Ebola's secret history.
Woman's Own magazine created a slimming culture in the UK that lasts to this day.
When the political becomes personal.
It was Winston Churchill who led the charge for the UK's first living wage. But you'd never have guessed the Conservative Party would adopt the policy with such gusto in the 21st century.