Post Reports

Post Reports
Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you’ve come to expect from the newsroom of The Post. For your ears. Martine Powers is your host, asking the questions you didn’t know you wanted answered.
Who owns the Women’s March?
Jan 18 • 25 min
Kimberly Kindy on federal prison workers who aren’t getting enough support during the partial government shutdown. Marissa Lang on the tensions surrounding the Women’s March. Plus, the career troubles of R&B singer Chrisette Michele.
The Founding Fathers never planned for the Trump International Hotel
Jan 17 • 19 min
David Fahrenthold on a government watchdog report questioning the constitutionality of Trump’s D.C. hotel lease. William Booth on Britain’s many attempts to leave the European Union. Plus, the history of the border wall.
Kirsten Gillibrand wants you to know her name
Jan 16 • 25 min
Jenna Johnson on the gradual policy shifts of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), newly announced presidential hopeful. Sudarsan Raghavan on the struggle to survive for many in Yemen. Plus, the sounds of healthy and unhealthy snow.
Does Beto O’Rourke have something to say?
Jan 15 • 26 min
Jenna Johnson talks to Beto O’Rourke after his bid for U.S. Senate. Matt Zapotosky on the confirmation hearing for an attorney general nominee. Plus, Drew Harwell on how his YouTube search for “RBG” yielded unexpected results.
Trump’s secrecy around Putin talks are ‘part of a much broader pattern’
Jan 14 • 20 min
Greg Miller on the president keeping notes from meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin to himself. Darryl Fears on an executive order that may thin millions of acres of forests. Plus, the hit musical “Hamilton” makes its way to Puerto Rico.
Why R. Kelly’s accusers were rarely heard — until now
Jan 11 • 20 min
Geoff Edgers dives into the history of sexual misconduct claims against R. Kelly. Tim Carman questions the value of his food column, the $20 Diner. And an unlikely advocate emerges for personal tech.
Border 101
Jan 10 • 22 min
As President Trump continues to press his case for a wall, Maria Sacchetti dispels misinformation about the U.S.-Mexico border. Plus, Nicolás Maduro begins his second term as president of Venezuela.
Meanwhile, in the Mueller investigation
Jan 9 • 20 min
While the shutdown drama continues, it’s been a big week in the special counsel investigation. Plus, the administration quietly considers a rollback of civil rights protections. Plus, a former Marine’s new mission: find his old hat.
No exit: Trump’s shutdown strategy
Jan 8 • 22 min
Reporter Robert Costa on what is happening the behind the scenes as the budget stalemate shows no sign of abating. Plus, Christopher Mooney on how a spike in carbon emissions couldn’t have come at a worse time.
To build border wall, Trump considers national emergency powers
Jan 7 • 21 min
President Trump is threatening to call a national emergency to build a border wall. Post reporter David Nakamura explains whether that’s possible, or even legal. Plus, tech reporter Geoffrey Fowler takes us on a ride with a self-driving car.
The confounding case of alleged spy Paul Whelan
Jan 4 • 22 min
Shane Harris tells the story about a former Marine being detained in Russia on suspicion of spying. Annie Linskey on how the “likability” question will affect female 2020 candidates. Plus, voices from the government shutdown.
New Congress, same old shutdown
Jan 3 • 22 min
Seung Min Kim explains how Congress might tackle the shutdown. Colby Itkowitz on whether the new Congress is as diverse as it seems. Plus, Ian Shapira on history, heritage and hatred.
Dysfunction junction: Why we have a ‘do nothing’ Congress
Jan 2 • 27 min
Paul Kane on why Congress can’t function. Drew Harwell explains the disturbing use of artificial intelligence to put real-life women’s faces in fake-porn videos. Plus, Sarah Kaplan on NASA making its most distant visit to an object in our solar system.
102 Americans on what unites us
Jan 1 • 18 min
Book critic Carlos Lozada declares his pick for the most memorable book of the last year. And Americans share what they believe unites our often-divided country.
Goodbye, 2018. Hello, 2020.
Dec 31, 2018 • 21 min
Annie Linskey tells us about Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren throwing her hat in the presidential ring. The Washington Post’s Style section selects what’s in and what’s out for 2019. Plus, the origin story of a pop classic.
After Mollie Tibbetts’s politicized death, an unlikely kindness
Dec 28, 2018 • 25 min
The death of Mollie Tibbetts became an immigration talking point, but reporter Terrence McCoy tells the unlikely story of immense kindness in the aftermath of a tragedy. Plus, Elizabeth Dwoskin on how to leave Facebook.
All aboard the market roller coaster
Dec 27, 2018 • 22 min
Heather Long breaks down the tumultuous markets. Julie Zauzmer shares her story on Jews being paid to move to Alabama. Plus, Tom Cruise and video interpolation.
The story behind a global e-scooter recall
Dec 26, 2018 • 22 min
Peter Holley investigates the dangers of e-scooters. Philip Rucker debriefs on the president’s surprise trip to Iraq over this tumultuous holiday. Plus, Chuck Culpepper revisits a Kentucky town haunted by a high school football loss from 25 years ago.
A home for the holidays
Dec 25, 2018 • 8 min
This year, 10-year-old Kamiya Johnson will be home for the holidays. Post reporter Jessica Contrera says that Kamiya’s family was able to leave a D.C. shelter and find housing. Also, the history of gingerbread from Mary Beth Albright.
How Ben Carson is rolling back fair-housing enforcement
Dec 24, 2018 • 17 min
Tracy Jan reports on how Ben Carson’s HUD cut back on investigating housing discrimination. Lori Aratani explains why airplane bathrooms keep getting smaller. Plus, Geoffrey Fowler on the ever-rising costs of Apple products.
‘The sound and the fury’: Another week in the White House
Dec 21, 2018 • 24 min
As a shutdown nears, White House reporter Josh Dawsey recounts President Trump’s chaotic week. Senior editor Marc Fisher on the evolution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Plus, how a bat cave could help stop a deadly disease.
U.S. troops to leave Syria. Now what?
Dec 20, 2018 • 23 min
What it means for the U.S. to pull forces out of Syria. The fashion industry’s mixed messages to plus-size women. Plus, when Congress weighed a journey to the center of Earth.
How a ‘law and order’ party embraced prison reform
Dec 19, 2018 • 21 min
The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill overhauling the federal prison system. What it takes to mend relationships between the police and communities. Plus, taking over holiday traditions.
Why President Trump is shutting down his charity
Dec 18, 2018 • 25 min
President Trump’s charity will shut down amid allegations that he used it for personal and political gain. In the second part of our Murder With Impunity series, the police perspective. And a retired school counselor has two and a half minutes of fame.
Murder With Impunity: Surrounded by homicide
Dec 17, 2018 • 24 min
A New Orleans mother who lost three children in homicides now fears for her last. Plus, a new report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee details how the Russians sought to influence the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump.
When a 7-year-old dies on Border Patrol’s watch
Dec 14, 2018 • 19 min
A 7-year-old girl died after being taken into Border Patrol custody, reportedly from dehydration and exhaustion. Also, the U.S. responds to climate change at the U.N. summit. Plus, a homeless character on “Sesame Street” debuts.
Brexit: ‘The word you’re looking for is shambolic’
Dec 13, 2018 • 21 min
Now that Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote by her party, can she pull off Brexit? Also, what the new “Spider-Man” film means to an Afro-Latino critic. Plus, Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space.
Michael Cohen, sentenced Wednesday, says he’s free from Trump
Dec 12, 2018 • 21 min
Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Google’s CEO visits the Post to discuss the tech giant’s future. Plus, why it’s maybe OK that First Lady Melania Trump doesn’t actually want to be the first lady.
Live from the Oval Office, it’s Tuesday afternoon!
Dec 11, 2018 • 22 min
President Trump faces off with Democratic lawmakers Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a nationally televised shouting match. How a flute player’s lawsuit illuminates the gender pay gap in America. Plus, 95 percent of the oldest Arctic ice has melted.
Who wants to be White House chief of staff?
Dec 10, 2018 • 23 min
Just as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation heats up, President Trump struggles to find a new chief of staff. Also, right-wing violence is up and left-wing attacks are down. Plus, this may be why your smart speaker can’t understand you.
What one man’s death says about the asylum court system
Dec 7, 2018 • 21 min
Apple’s new heart-healthy tech might be better for the anxious and not the ailing. Also, a dead man’s children seek asylum in the same court that denied him.
Deal or no deal?: Theresa May’s Brexit standoff
Dec 6, 2018 • 20 min
A vote on Britain’s separation from the European Union, how veterans’ stay at Trump’s D.C. hotel (courtesy of Saudi Arabia) may have violated the Constitution, and a photojournalist reconnects with a subject gone viral.
The midterm election that’s still not over
Dec 5, 2018 • 24 min
An investigation into possible election fraud in North Carolina, the dismantling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and one former president says goodbye to another — his dad.
Democrats set the stage (literally) for 2020
Dec 4, 2018 • 22 min
The Democratic National Committee struggles to find a big-enough stage for likely presidential candidates. Plus, the second and final installment of our series “An Affair. The Mob. A Murder.”
Prime Suspect, Part 1: An Affair. The Mob. A Murder.
Dec 3, 2018 • 21 min
One September morning a Post reporter gets a call with new information about a murder she covered 30 years ago. Plus, how climate change became a partisan issue in the United States.
Introducing ‘Post Reports’
Nov 28, 2018 • 3 min
Here it is: the new daily podcast from the newsroom of The Washington Post. “Post Reports,” hosted by Martine Powers, will bring you all the reporting and insight you expect from The Post, but for your ears. Launching Dec. 3. Sign up now. Sound. Informed.