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3 Must-Read Longreads: "Be there one day and the next, disappear"

Bookmark or get stuck in.

IF YOU WANT a juicy longread to sink your teeth into, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are three to save for a moment of peace, or devour straight away.

It’s a golden age for radio, chiefly thanks to some amazing podcasts. The creme de la creme are discussed here. [National Post - approx 17 mins reading time]

The form has turned a corner, beginning a collective trek from the margins to the mainstream and ushering in a new golden age of radio and storytelling along the way, all with a touch of a smartphone. There’s a lot happening, and more to come. For those not yet listening, now may be the time to start.

Erelle, a French journalist, wanted to see what drives would-be jihadist brides. She pretended to be a 20-year-old woman obsessed with Isis fighters. Then came the proposal…  [NY Post - approx 14 mins reading time]

“It’s the same instruction I was given when I was traveling to Syria. Ditch the niqab, look like a regular girl. Be nice to your family, they won’t suspect. Leave nothing behind, not a note or a text message, don’t try to explain or they will come after you. Be there one day and the next, disappear.”

How was Berlusconi caught? Financial Review says it was all thanks to billionaire Bruce Godon, owner of the television network WIN. [Financial Review - approx 39 mins reading time]

Appealed against at every turn, Berlusconi’s conviction was upheld in all three tiers of the Italian judicial system and ended in a four-year prison sentence for Italy’s longest-serving post-war prime minister. One year later, the Italian parliament voted to expel and ban him from public office, ending his 19-year political tenure.

Originally posted 13:00

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