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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. Published weekdays by 5 p.m. Eastern time.

America’s new crop of ‘progressive prosecutors’ are getting pushback
Nov 12 • 28 min
Mark Berman on the reality facing “progressive prosecutors.” Amber Phillips looks into Wednesday’s key witnesses: William B. Taylor and George Kent. Plus, Mustafa Salim on the unconventional role of Iraq’s tuk-tuks.
The impeachment inquiry finally goes public
Nov 11 • 26 min
Paul Kane previews the next stage of the impeachment inquiry. Annie Gowen on the ongoing mental health crisis facing America’s farmers. Plus, Laura Reiley covers the challenges of marketing and selling CBD products.
How Pete Buttigieg plans to diversify his base
Nov 8 • 22 min
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg lays out his plan to capture broader appeal. And Tara Bahrampour on a 94-year-old woman who wanted to leave life on her own terms.
The future of a drug company blamed for helping fuel the opioid crisis
Nov 7 • 26 min
Chris Rowland explains why one of the companies accused of fueling the opioid epidemic is declaring bankruptcy. Griff Witte looks at why Republican legislators feel they can’t stray from Trump. And Ellen Nakashima discusses Saudi Arabia’s Twitter spies.
What Tuesday’s election results could mean for 2020
Nov 6 • 29 min
Robert Costa with the major takeaways from Tuesday’s elections. Abby Ohlheiser explains how a tracking app is transforming parent-child relationships. Plus, Rick Noack on what a 10-year-old burger says about capitalism.
The Texas teenagers who allegedly smuggled immigrants across the southern border
Nov 5 • 25 min
Karoun Demirjian on what we’ve learned from the impeachment inquiry transcripts released this week. Maria Sacchetti on the role U.S. citizens play in immigration smuggling. And Rebecca Tan explains part of the new generation’s enthusiasm for cricket.
Guns in the gym: The NRA’s charity arm raffles off weapons in American schools
Nov 4 • 31 min
Beth Reinhard on why the NRA is raffling off guns in American schools. Jason Rezaian examines Iran’s history of hostage-taking. And Joel Achenbach considers the uncertain fate of the universe.
Restoring Afghanistan’s lost era of film
Nov 1 • 19 min
Siobhán O’Grady visits the archivists restoring film reels hidden during the Taliban era. And Peter Finn explains how an adventure-seeking socialite became the first American woman in uniform captured by the Nazis.
The Canadian islands crumbling into the sea
Oct 31 • 25 min
Brady Dennis examines the effect of climate change on Canadian islands. Karen DeYoung clarifies the complicated U.S.-Turkey relationship. Maura Judkis on a cradle of outlandish Halloween costumes. And Tracy Grant celebrates D.C.’s World Series win.
A California utility that cut off power to curb wildfires may have caused them
Oct 31 • 20 min
Douglas MacMillan reports on a utility’s controversial plan to prevent California wildfires. Heather Long explains why the deficit is ballooning under Trump. And Ben Strauss on the changing rules for college athletes.
House Democrats prepare for first impeachment vote
Oct 29 • 29 min
Mike DeBonis on what the upcoming impeachment vote means. Josh White on why the Supreme Court is considering whether a D.C. sniper should be resentenced. And Hawken Miller on the people getting coaches to improve their video game playing.
How Baghdadi’s death could be rallying cry for ISIS
Oct 28 • 25 min
Missy Ryan on how U.S. troops closed in on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Peter Whoriskey explains the ethical uncertainty of what goes into a chocolate bar. And Danielle Paquette reports that rising temperatures means more female sea turtles.
Doors are closing for Syrian refugees
Oct 25 • 20 min
Kareem Fahim travels with a refugee couple seeking a new life outside of Syria. And Julie Zauzmer on a Republican PAC working to get the Amish population out to vote.
An interview with an algorithm
Oct 24 • 24 min
Drew Harwell and Carolyn Y. Johnson examine the algorithms measuring your worth. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel explains why the Education Department gave millions in student loans to ineligible colleges. And Sarah Dadouch on the ongoing protests in Lebanon.
A princess, an international custody dispute — and Rudy Giuliani
Oct 23 • 25 min
Dalton Bennett on the unexpected meeting between Rudolph W. Giuliani and an Emirati princess. Aaron Blake sums up the latest developments of the impeachment inquiry. And Rick Maese explains how coastal sports teams are planning for climate change.
How Vladimir Putin soured the president on Ukraine
Oct 22 • 24 min
Greg Miller describes Vladimir Putin’s role in shaping Trump’s view of Ukraine. Griff Witte spends time with refugees who sought asylum in Australia and ended up in Texas. And Martine Powers on how a city responds to its team’s first World Series.
Cracks in Trump’s Republican firewall
Oct 21 • 28 min
Ashley Parker on an increasingly embattled White House. Debbie Cenziper on the thousands of children in foster care after their parents fell victim to the opioid epidemic. And William Booth explains the latest fight over Brexit.
Trump awards a massive government contract – to himself
Oct 18 • 30 min
David Fahrenthold scrutinizes the president’s decision to award a major government contract — to himself. U.S. star Rose Lavelle discusses the future of women’s soccer. And Sonia Rao shares what indie studio A24 is doing right.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg struggles to balance truth and free speech
Oct 17 • 26 min
Tony Romm examines what Facebook sees as its role in policing speech ahead the 2020 election. Jenna Portnoy and Paul Kane recount the life and legacy of Rep. Elijah Cummings. And Simon Denyer on the cultural tradition behind Japan’s dolphin hunt.
A Democratic debate, in the shadow of impeachment
Oct 16 • 29 min
Amber Phillips shares her takeaways from the fourth Democratic presidential debate. Aaron Davis explains the ascent of the U.S. ambassador to the E.U. And Keith Alexander describes how D.C. changed during the reign of drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III.
Some colleges are tracking students before they even apply
Oct 15 • 28 min
Douglas MacMillan explains how colleges track potential students before they even apply. Alex Andrejev follows a video-game designer’s path from refugee to CEO. And Louisa Loveluck on the young people who feel locked out of Iraq’s political system.
As U.S. military plans pullout, a stunning unraveling in Syria
Oct 14 • 28 min
Missy Ryan talks about how the fight in Syria connects to U.S. diplomacy. Michelle Ye Hee Lee on the army of consultants behind Trump’s reelection campaign. Plus, Scott Wilson on the unpopular way California utility companies are fighting wildfires.
Why a suburb’s integrated schools are still failing black students
Oct 11 • 27 min
Laura Meckler goes back to her hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio, to try to understand why integration efforts in schools there are still not closing the achievement gap. And Steve Mufson reports on Jane Fonda’s plan to protest inaction on climate change.
How China called foul on American businesses
Oct 10 • 25 min
Jeanne Whalen examines how Western businesses are bowing to political pressure from China. Samantha Schmidt on how a vulnerable community of transgender sex workers takes care of its own. And Luisa Beck unpacks the implications of a shooting in Germany.
‘Not so much a legal document as a political screed’
Oct 9 • 27 min
Karoun Demirjian tracks how the White House has pushed back against impeachment. Anna Fifield explains a new phase in China’s forcible assimilation of its Uighur population. And Ben Guarino on the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry.
The fallout of a U.S. troop withdrawal from northern Syria
Oct 8 • 27 min
Ishaan Tharoor on what the withdrawal of troops from Syria means for the Kurds. Eli Rosenberg reports from the picket line of the United Auto Workers strike. And Caroline Kitchener on the stakes of a Supreme Court case focused on LGBT discrimination.
Inside the Republican reckoning over Trump’s possible impeachment.
Oct 7 • 29 min
Phil Rucker on how the impeachment inquiry into the president is paralyzing the GOP. Anton Troianovski reports on what climate change means in Siberia. And voices from the Hong Kong protest movement.
Why every Jessica you know is turning 30
Oct 4 • 26 min
The Lily’s Caroline Kitchener explores what it’s like to turn 30 in 2019. Plus, David Betancourt on the best “Joker.”
The story of Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine
Oct 3 • 25 min
Michael Kranish looks into Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine. Julie Zauzmer rides along with two pastors working to revive shrinking churches. Plus, Jemar Tisby on the burden of forgiveness for black Americans.
How the White House rehabilitated Saudi Arabia’s reputation after the death of Jamal Khashoggi
Oct 2 • 31 min
John Hudson examines the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, one year after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Nick Miroff on an interview with DHS’s isolated acting chief. And Mike Ruane with a newly discovered audio recording of the D-Day invasion.
Uber says safety is its first priority. Employees aren’t so sure.
Oct 1 • 29 min
Greg Bensinger on Uber’s company-centric safety policies. Matt Zapotsky examines how Attorney General William Barr fits into the impeachment inquiry. And Anne Midgette remembers opera singer Jessye Norman.
How 2020 Democrats are navigating the impeachment inquiry
Sep 30 • 28 min
Sean Sullivan tracks how Democratic presidential candidates are responding to the impeachment inquiry. Wesley Lowery unpacks the argument for reparations. And Anna Fifield explains how pork prices are overshadowing China’s national day celebrations.
50 years, three presidents: How impeachment inquiries change the nation
Sep 27 • 26 min
Chief political correspondent Dan Balz on covering two presidential impeachment inquiries. And Elahe Izadi examines the rarefied place in pop culture that “Saturday Night Live’s” Kenan Thompson occupies.
The ‘highly detailed and arresting’ whistleblower complaint against Trump
Sep 26 • 27 min
Shane Harris takes us through the newly released whistleblower complaint. Juliet Eilperin on the conflicted attitudes of oil and gas executives toward climate change. And Laura Reiley digs into the religious debates behind plant-based meat and shrimp.
‘A piece of a broader narrative’: Trump’s call at the center of whistleblower complaint
Sep 25 • 27 min
Shane Harris examines the rough transcript of Trump’s call to Ukraine. Greg Miller unpacks the shadow agenda pursued by Rudolph W. Giuliani in Ukraine. And Samantha Schmidt on the future of the Boy Scouts.
Impeachment inquiry launched against Trump: How we got here
Sep 24 • 19 min
Politics reporter Aaron Blake explains House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to move forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, bringing an end to an extended debate within the Democratic Party.
‘It’s going to be an enormous battle’: Black college students fight for voting access in Texas
Sep 24 • 26 min
Amy Gardner on a case of alleged racial bias in the administration of a local election in Texas. Jerry Brewer examines where the NFL went wrong with Antonio Brown. And Aaron Gregg tracks the military funding diverted for President Trump’s border wall.
Whistleblower allegation against Trump revives the call for impeachment
Sep 23 • 26 min
Rachael Bade explains whether impeachment is on the table after a whistleblower complaint. Gerry Shih on the new targets of China’s crackdown against Muslims. And Zachary Pincus-Roth examines the continued watchability of “The Shawshank Redemption.”
‘They weren’t listening’: How Congress failed to act on a deadly drug’s harrowing rise
Sep 20 • 33 min
Katie Zezima on why federal money has a limited impact in communities fighting the opioid crisis. And Emily Giambalvo tracks the lives of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation.
Intel official blows a whistle on Trump’s interaction with world leader
Sep 19 • 26 min
Shane Harris on the whistleblower rattling the intelligence community. Juliet Eilperin explains the president’s move to take away California’s ability to set its own emission standards. And Maura Judkis on the legal challenges of opening a cannabis cafe.
‘They see that swagger when Harris speaks’: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris
Sep 18 • 30 min
Robin Givhan examines Sen. Kamala Harris’s political and racial identity. Ruth Eglash breaks down the negotiations for a new government in Israel. And Caroline Kitchener on who die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters will back in 2020.
‘He’s got competing instincts here’: Trump’s shifting response to Saudi oil-field attack
Sep 17 • 26 min
Anne Gearan explains the White House’s shifting messaging on Iran. Drew Harwell on how Beijing-based TikTok is suspected of censoring the Hong Kong protests. And Maura Judkis takes us into the kitchen with “Queer Eye” star Antoni Porowski.
What the opioid crackdown means for chronic pain patients
Sep 16 • 26 min
Joel Achenbach reports on chronic pain and opioids. Sarah Kaplan on how American teens are channeling their anxiety over climate change into activism. And Max Bearak visits a Kenyan community whose members say its source of power was stolen.
‘The city didn’t need another statement of failure’: Baltimore still reeling after Freddie Gray
Sep 13 • 27 min
Aaron Blake shares his takeaways from the third Democratic debate. And Erin Cox describes the healing and reawakening of Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.
A report card on school segregation in America
Sep 12 • 30 min
Laura Meckler examines what school segregation looks like today. Heather Long on the minority women changing the makeup of the U.S. workforce. And Nick Miroff explains the Supreme Court’s move on a Trump administration asylum policy.
The ‘South Atlantic blob’: The vulnerability of the world’s warming oceans
Sep 11 • 31 min
Chris Mooney, John Muyskens and Carolyn Van Houten on the dangerous hot zones spreading around the world. David Weigel previews the next Democratic presidential debate. And Sarah Kaplan describes a ‘Super Earth’ 110 light-years away.
What John Bolton’s departure means for Trump’s foreign policy
Sep 10 • 23 min
John Hudson on the ouster of national security adviser John Bolton. Reed Albergotti describes Apple’s dual role in the app economy. And Lena Sun breaks down the chemical linked to recent vaping-related illnesses and deaths.
‘As far as I’m concerned, they’re dead.’ How Trump’s peace talks with the Taliban broke down.
Sep 9 • 31 min
Karen DeYoung explains the collapse of U.S. peace talks in Afghanistan. Rachael Bade on the implications of an impeachment probe. And Anthony Faiola describes the human toll and destruction of Hurricane Dorian.
The power of black motherhood: Finding joy beyond the numbers on maternal mortality
Sep 6 • 20 min
Helena Andrews-Dyer looks for joy in her pregnancy in the face of scary statistics about black women and childbirth. And Peter Holley explains what life after death could look like, thanks to new technology.
Protests, defections, rebellions — a chaotic week for British politics
Sep 5 • 23 min
Kevin Sullivan breaks down Boris Johnson’s Brexit battle. Caroline Kitchener describes the state of women’s health care in Maine. And Danielle Paquette takes us on a ride with an African delivery service.
An intoxicated pathologist misdiagnosed 3,000 cases. VA failed to stop him.
Sep 4 • 27 min
Taylor Telford on Walmart’s response to multiple mass shootings. Lisa Rein looks at oversight failures in the Department of Veterans Affairs. And Jessica Contrera reports from what might be the most dramatic dog park in the country.
After prison, a different kind of punishment
Sep 3 • 29 min
Philip Rucker on what White House advisers and aides are really thinking as the summer winds down. Tracy Jan explains what’s missing in the conversation about criminal justice reform. And Jason Samenow forecasts the hurricanes of the future.
Getting through the world with face blindness
Sep 2 • 21 min
Post reporter Sadie Dingfelder used to think she was just really bad at recognizing people. Then she learned she might have a condition called prosopagnosia — better known as face blindness — and set about getting an official diagnosis.
How American classrooms gloss over slavery and its enduring legacy
Aug 30 • 21 min
Joe Heim examines the glossing over of the history of slavery in American textbooks and schools. Plus, Lisa Bonos and Linah Mohammad question the supposed magic of the summer fling.
‘Finish the wall’: Trump tells aides he’ll pardon misdeeds, say current and former officials
Aug 29 • 24 min
Nick Miroff explains how the president is encouraging misdeeds to get his wall built. Geoffrey Fowler talks about how his credit cards have let companies buy his data. And Rachel Hatzipanagos on anxiety in the Latino community under Trump.
Security or surveillance? How smart doorbell company Ring partners with police
Aug 28 • 22 min
Drew Harwell on doorbell-camera company Ring turning its focus to surveillance. Laura Reiley on the war over what plant-based brands can call themselves. Adam Taylor on Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament, and debate, ahead of the Brexit deadline.
“This is a landmark.” The court decision that could shape the future of the opioid crisis.
Aug 27 • 24 min
Lenny Bernstein on what a court ruling in Oklahoma could mean for the opioid epidemic. Carol D. Leonnig reports on Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers speaking out in court. And transportation reporter Luz Lazo explains why there may be Braille on your e-scooter.
Goodbye Biarritz, Hello … Trump National Doral? Trump makes a pitch for next year’s G-7
Aug 26 • 23 min
David Fahrenthold explains President Trump’s unusual pitch for next year’s G-7 summit: hosting it at his own resort. Sari Horwitz on how fentanyl is crossing the border. And Jerry Brewer on quarterback Andrew Luck’s early retirement from the NFL.
‘Publishing is still a business that is owned by white men’: Three women on race and genre
Aug 23 • 18 min
Martine Powers talks with N.K. Jemisin, Jasmine Guillory and Lauren Wilkinson about challenging narrow perceptions of race in literary genres. And Marian Liu on the segregation of American music awards.
‘People were always so welcoming, so kind, so helpful.’ And then the president arrived.
Aug 22 • 27 min
From a community divided by xenophobic chants, Griff Witte explains what the president’s rhetoric can do on the ground. Jeff Stein on the aging problem in the U.S. And Andrew Freedman on the record-breaking number of fires in the Amazon.
Where does President Trump stand on gun reform? Depends on the day.
Aug 21 • 27 min
Josh Dawsey and David Nakamura on the dimming prospect of Trump-led gun reform. Pam Constable and Jon Gerberg track the U.S.-Taliban peace talks and their impact on violence in Afghanistan. And an animal love story from Luisa Beck and Rick Noack.
The Trump translator: How Stephen Miller became so powerful in the West Wing
Aug 20 • 28 min
Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey on the outsize influence of Stephen Miller on Trump’s immigration policy. Former Mass. governor Bill Weld makes a long-shot case for the Republican presidential nomination. And a summer field trip with Joel Achenbach.
48 hours at the Iowa State Fair
Aug 19 • 31 min
Holly Bailey and Kevin Uhrmacher outline 2020 takeaways from the Iowa State Fair. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) explains his case to Martine Powers. And Matt Collette introduces us to the fair’s nonpolitical competitors.
Non-binary, pregnant and taking on the most gendered role of all: motherhood
Aug 16 • 25 min
Samantha Schmidt on the sacrifices one person has made to become a mother. And Geoff Edgers remembers Aretha Franklin, one year after her death.
How small-dollar donors could choose our next president
Aug 15 • 27 min
Anu Narayanswamy crunches the numbers on small-dollar donations. Niha Masih and Joanna Slater explain the changes and turmoil in Kashmir. And Travis DeShong on what it takes to become the voice inside someone’s head.
He witnessed Michael Brown’s killing. Now Dorian Johnson is trying to get his life back on track.
Aug 14 • 30 min
Wesley Lowery takes us back to the night Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. Damian Paletta warns of a possible recession. And Rebecca Tan on the community a simple piano can create.
For many Americans, dramatic climate change has already arrived
Aug 13 • 29 min
Chris Mooney shows us where to see the future of climate change right now. Michael Kranish on President Trump’s relationship with his late alcoholic brother. And Timothy McLaughlin and Gerry Shih explain the clashes in Hong Kong.
‘This is an issue that we can win’: Cory Booker on his gun control plan
Aug 12 • 23 min
Sen. Cory Booker lays out his gun policy proposal. Matt Zapotosky on what convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in federal custody can tell us about the case moving forward. And Alex Horton gives us a reality check on a meme.
Nearly all mass shootings are committed by men. Why isn’t masculinity a bigger part of the debate?
Aug 9 • 23 min
Nicki DeMarco reports on the often-overlooked connection between masculinity and gun violence. And Geoff Edgers on a run of Vegas shows that defined Elvis’s legacy.
Forced from Paradise: Finding home after California’s Camp Fire
Aug 8 • 31 min
Greg Miller unpacks the calls for a redirection of U.S. counterterrorism efforts. Frances Stead Sellers and Whitney Leaming on people’s search for home after the Camp Fire. And Monica Hesse pokes holes in the gender-reveal party trend.
‘Crops aren’t moving. There’s no market’: Why so many family farms are facing bankruptcy
Aug 7 • 26 min
Annie Gowen explains how the trade war is impacting American farmers. Joy Sharon Yi on one woman’s unseen losses after the Charleston, S.C., shooting. And Drew Harwell on the shutdown of a site that’s become a refuge for racists and extremists.
Why China is playing the long game in its trade battle with the U.S.
Aug 6 • 29 min
Damian Paletta unpacks the most recent battles in the trade war with China. Mike DeBonis on the many retiring House members leaving Republicans in a lurch. And Bilal Qureshi on Toni Morrison’s legacy.
After mass shootings, Trump condemns white supremacy. Critics say he inspires it.
Aug 5 • 25 min
Mark Berman tracks the mass shootings that happened over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Plus, Philip Rucker on President Trump’s response to the tragedies. And Andrew Freedman on last month’s record-breaking heat.
Finding America’s last-known slave ship — and confronting a monstrous past
Aug 2 • 17 min
Nicole Ellis tells the story of the Clotilda, the last-known ship of the illegal slave trade in the U.S. And Oyinkan Braithwaite ruminates on the unexpected relatability of her novel, “My Sister, the Serial Killer.”
For the Democratic field, the path to nomination goes through Joe Biden
Aug 1 • 25 min
Amber Phillips analyzes the liberal-moderate divide on display at the Democratic debates. Plus, Beth Reinhard details President Trump’s history with Jeffrey Epstein. And Elahe Izadi on the politicization of the word “squad.”
How Trump wants to one-up Democrats on health care
Jul 31 • 25 min
Yasmeen Abutaleb on the White House’s scramble for a health-care win. Moriah Balingit explains how e-cigarettes may lead to more than nicotine addiction. And Heather Long on the Federal Reserve’s gamble on the economy.
How secure are U.S. elections? (Hint: Still much less than you might think.)
Jul 30 • 20 min
Karoun Demirjian paints a grim picture of election security. Sam Schmidt on the 2020 Democrats flaunting Spanish skills — and the Latino candidate who isn’t. Plus, Marina Lopes explains Brazil’s C-section parties.
Trump upends U.S. intel agencies with spy-chief pick
Jul 29 • 25 min
Shane Harris unpacks the state of the intelligence community amid the departure of spy chief Daniel Coats. Plus, Shibani Mahtani visits a Philippine troll farm that’s transforming discourse online, and Rick Maese on how rising temperatures affect athletes
Not your neurotypical romance novel: The appeal of Helen Hoang
Jul 26 • 22 min
Lisa Bonos on an author working to make the romance genre more inclusive of people on the autism spectrum. And Travis M. Andrews on why you should stop pretending to like outdoor concerts.
California’s secret climate deal with automakers bypasses Trump administration regulations
Jul 25 • 30 min
Juliet Eilperin explains the secret deal between California and four major automakers. Plus, Elizabeth Dwoskin on the lives of content moderators across the ocean and Jeff Stein on whether we can expect a four-day workweek anytime soon.
A ‘living message’: What we learned from Robert Mueller’s testimony
Jul 24 • 26 min
Rachael Bade and Rosalind S. Helderman annotate the Mueller testimony, and Arelis Hernández explains the turmoil in Puerto Rico.
Britain’s next prime minister: Boris Johnson, the ‘frat boy’ of Brexit
Jul 23 • 27 min
William Booth unpacks what a Boris Johnson-led Brexit could look like. Plus, Aaron Davis on the companies at the center of the opioid epidemic and Ellie Krieger deconstructs the vocabulary of diet culture.
What Mueller’s testimony will add to our knowledge of the investigation: Probably not much
Jul 22 • 24 min
Rosalind Helderman previews Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress on Wednesday. Todd Frankel on the dangers of home elevators. Plus, Dan Zak talks to an evangelical Christian climate scientist.
The origin story of the lunar landing
Jul 19 • 20 min
Lillian Cunningham on the United States’ path to being the first to have astronauts walk on the moon. Plus, Sebastian Smee on an iconic photo of Mother Earth.
Trump’s racist tweets, and the politics of white identity
Jul 18 • 29 min
Michael Scherer explains the president’s identity politics. Plus, Eugene Scott on the history underpinning the “go back” refrain. And readers tell us how it feels to be told you don’t belong.
Seven years, 76 billion pain pills - tracking the opioid epidemic in the U.S.
Jul 17 • 26 min
Scott Higham and Steven Rich unpack the DEA’s pain pill database. Sean Sullivan explains what’s missing in presidential candidates’ appeals to Hispanic voters. And Justin Moyer on an alternative currency.
What happened to Beto O’Rourke?
Jul 16 • 25 min
Damian Paletta explains how the U.S. government got behind on its bills. Plus, Jenna Johnson unpacks Beto O’Rourke’s lackluster fundraising numbers. And Sarah Kaplan on NASA’s upcoming experiments on old moon rocks.
The immigration policies causing further uncertainty for asylum seekers
Jul 15 • 30 min
Nick Miroff and Kevin Sieff on the policies causing further uncertainty for asylum seekers. Plus, Amy Goldstein explains another threat to the ACA. And Rick Maese on the 10-year-old hoping to skateboard into the Olympics.
‘You do know the banjo is an African instrument, right?!’: The black roots of country music
Jul 12 • 19 min
Emily Yahr, Valerie June and Dina Bennett talk about how black people have been largely excluded from country music — an art form rooted in black history. And Danielle Paquette on how controversy over a black Ariel gets mermaid lore wrong.
‘A constant state of drowning’: 40% of Americans say they struggle to pay bills
Jul 11 • 30 min
Heather Long on the not-so-booming economy. Mike DeBonis explains the Democratic rifts in the House. And as far as Europe’s “flight shame” movement goes, Hannah Sampson says it has no chance in the United States.
The FBI and ICE are scanning millions of Americans’ faces — without their knowledge or consent
Jul 10 • 25 min
Drew Harwell on how the FBI and ICE are using local DMV photos for facial-recognition searches. Dave Weigel talks about how Bernie Sanders has evolved on the campaign trail. And Anna Fifield on the bare bellies creating controversy in Beijing.
Trump digs in on 2020 Census question over citizenship
Jul 9 • 24 min
Aaron Blake on how the citizenship question might make its way onto the census. Beth Reinhard on how the Newtown massacre created a rift within the National Rifle Association. Plus, Peter Whoriskey on the price of cocoa.
New sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein — and the story behind a decade-old plea deal
Jul 8 • 30 min
Matt Zapotosky reports on the new abuse charges against well-connected multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Michael Kranish talks about how Donald Trump got into Wharton. Plus, Chico Harlan on Italy’s cheese-authentication wars.
Keeping the music on: How go-go became the center of D.C.’s gentrification battle
Jul 5 • 21 min
Marissa Lang on how a D.C. store’s booming go-go beats became a focus of Washington’s gentrification dilemma. And Sally Jenkins explains what she believes is the first truly woman-powered franchise in sports history.
How a trade war could blow up the U.S. fireworks supply
Jul 4 • 14 min
Taylor Telford explains how the United States became reliant on China for fireworks — and what the ongoing trade war might mean for future Fourth of July celebrations. And science reporter Lena Sun explains her obsession with sour cherries.
Will President Trump’s Fourth of July be a rally or a celebration?
Jul 3 • 27 min
Juliet Eilperin details President Trump’s plans for a grandiose Independence Day event. Greg Miller and Souad Mekhennet explain how ISIS-inspired killings helped radicalize Europe’s far right. And, Roxanne Roberts finds the White House’s oldest volunteer.
As the tear gas clears, a turning point in Hong Kong’s protests
Jul 2 • 24 min
Shibani Mahtani explains how Hong Kong’s demonstrations are at a crossroads. Plus, Luisa Beck on how people’s tours of concentration camps are colored by present-day anxieties. And Hannah Sampson on why you’re not alone in the “Mile Cry Club.”
Trump’s meeting with Kim was great for ratings, but was it good for denuclearization?
Jul 1 • 26 min
Seung Min Kim and Anna Fifield on President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Plus, Geoff Fowler on how airport facial recognition is a scam. And Caitlin Gibson on the rise of the only child.
Bringing agency to the black man at the heart of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
Jun 28 • 30 min
Amber Phillips dissects the first Democratic primary debates. Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe on the toll of playing Tom Robinson in Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And Joy Harjo on her role as the first Native American poet laureate of the U.S.
Why the Supreme Court is blocking a citizenship question in the 2020 Census — for now
Jun 27 • 31 min
Robert Barnes explains the Supreme Court rulings in two closely watched cases. Michelle Lee analyzes the ways 2020 candidates use Facebook. And Gillian Brockell on how New York CIty is remembering two women at the center of the Stonewall riots.
Behind the story Kirsten Gillibrand tells about her change of heart on guns
Jun 26 • 28 min
Nick Miroff on the growing crisis at the border. Robert Samuels examines how Kirsten Gillibrand’s past informs her present on guns. And Abha Bhattarai reports on yet another item on millennials’ kill list: traditional wedding registries.
From women’s advocate to favored Trump defender: Judge Jeanine Pirro’s evolution
Jun 25 • 27 min
Sarah Ellison untangles Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Trump-like political evolution. Rhonda Colvin delves into three lawmakers’ personal encounters with gun violence. And Jacob Bogage explains how Michigan’s baseball team recruited racial diversity — and won.
Joe Biden vs. the rest of the Democratic field
Jun 24 • 22 min
Matt Viser on why Joe Biden is campaigning with an air of inevitability. Karla Adam on who could become Britain’s next prime minister. Plus, Gillian Brockell on a gay first lady’s love letters.
“I had a teardrop that floated in front of me.” Astronauts on what it’s like to be in space.
Jun 21 • 22 min
Chris Davenport on The Washington Post’s project for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing: 50 astronauts on what it’s like to be in space. And art critic Sebastian Smee on Frida Kahlo, after the release of a recording thought to be her voice.
Political donors are mostly white men. These women of color are trying to change that.
Jun 20 • 27 min
Josh Dawsey explains how the White House is handling escalating tension with Iran. Michelle Ye Hee Lee finds the women of color working to change the political donor class. Plus, Daron Taylor on why it’s probably fine to eat expired food.
Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement
Jun 19 • 31 min
Carol Morello talks about the U.N. investigator’s report about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Lena Sun on the Manhattan couple donating millions to anti-vax groups. And Rachel Siegel on new ad standards in Britain.
Former defense pick tells The Post, “Bad things can happen to good families”
Jun 18 • 22 min
Aaron Davis on conversations with Trump’s former acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan about domestic violence incidents in his family. Maria Sacchetti on planned mass deportations of migrant families. And Ashley Parker on Trump’s reelection bid.
A once-in-a-generation expedition to the Arctic
Jun 17 • 27 min
Rick Noack explains why tensions between the U.S. and Iran have reached new heights. Science reporter Sarah Kaplan on an expedition to the Arctic. And Kareem Fahim on the death of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
Why ‘Queer Eye’s’ Tan France is an expert at hard conversations
Jun 14 • 20 min
“Queer Eye” star Tan France on his new book “Naturally Tan.” Plus, Travis Andrews on how to hack the Billboard charts.
For Bernie Sanders, the path to power began Halloween night in a public-housing laundry room
Jun 13 • 32 min
Marc Fisher talks about the only executive office Bernie Sanders has held: mayor of Burlington, Vt. Anna Fifield on her new book, “The Great Successor,” examining North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And Shibani Mahtani explains the protests in Hong Kong.
‘I can’t breathe:’ Five years later, Eric Garner’s family is still seeking justice
Jun 12 • 25 min
Wesley Lowery on the disciplinary hearing for the officer involved in Eric Garner’s death. Ashley Parker about what President Trump calls “the I-word.” And Steven Goff unpacks criticism of the U.S. women’s domination in their first World Cup game.
‘I hate elephants’: How Botswana’s giants became the center of a political clash
Jun 11 • 26 min
Max Bearak on the political background of the lifting of Botswana’s elephant hunting ban. Peter Jamison on a public housing complex at the heart of a D.C. housing debate. Plus, Luisa Beck on the Bauhaus movement 100 years later.
How the NRA directed money to the people who oversee its finances
Jun 10 • 22 min
Mary Beth Sheridan explains the Trump-Mexico tariff deal. Beth Reinhard on growing allegations of exorbitant spending by the National Rifle Association’s top executives. And Steven Zeitchik on whether Broadway has a place on streaming platforms.
A T. rex exhibit 66 million years in the making
Jun 7 • 25 min
Steve Hendrix and Peggy McGlone track the journey of a T. rex fossil to the newly reopened fossil hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Peter Holley shares how content about prison is making a space for former inmates on YouTube.
Allegations of harassment, cash gifts: A West Virginia bishop’s fall from grace
Jun 6 • 28 min
Michelle Boorstein on new details about a Catholic bishop suspended from ministry in March. Theater critic Peter Marks with actress Laurie Metcalf on playing Hillary Clinton. And Barry Svrluga on his grandfather’s World War II journal.
President Trump is bullish on foreign policy. In a secret recording, Mike Pompeo has doubts.
Jun 5 • 32 min
John Hudson talks about the secret recording of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Peter Whoriskey on the child labor problem in chocolate production. Plus, Sarah Kaplan looks at the unexpected consequences of gender discrimination against lab rats.
Dick’s Sporting Goods lost money when it changed its gun policies. CEO Ed Stack is fine with that.
Jun 4 • 21 min
Rachel Siegel talks to the CEO putting gun policies over profits. Anne Gearan on President Trump’s London visit. Plus, Emily Yahr details the end of a “Jeopardy!” era.
Trump is using tariffs as a bargaining chip for a border crackdown. Will it work?
Jun 3 • 21 min
Mary Beth Sheridan on U.S.-Mexico trade negotiations and how migrants’ lives are in the mix. Todd Frankel on the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play recall. Plus, Simon Denyer on why Japan is defending a small object in the ivory trade fight.
The Great Forgetting: How China erased the Tiananmen Square massacre
May 31 • 26 min
Abby Hauslohner reports that Border Patrol often holds unaccompanied minors for far longer than is legal. How the government erased the Tiananmen Square massacre from memory in China. And book critic Ron Charles on breaking the rules of summer reading.
Why Nancy Pelosi is reluctant to impeach the president
May 30 • 21 min
Rachael Bade on the impeachment divide among Democrats. Loveday Morris reports on why Israel will hold a second parliamentary election. Plus, Brady Dennis explains why dead puffins in Alaska may be a harbinger for climate change.
Mueller closes up shop: ‘The work speaks for itself’
May 29 • 27 min
Rosalind S. Helderman on Robert S. Mueller III’s first public comments on the Russia investigation. Reis Thebault on the latest state to take up a “heartbeat bill” — and the Democratic governor who has said he’ll sign it. And the existence of UFOs.
Health officials are targeting communities battling measles. Anti-vaxxers are, too.
May 28 • 25 min
Lena Sun explores the rise of the modern anti-vaccine movement. Michael Kranish analyzes President Trump’s changing rhetoric on Iran. Plus, Michael Birnbaum explains the Green parties’ surge in the European Parliament election.
When ‘school choice’ tests parents’ personal values
May 27 • 17 min
Education reporter Perry Stein discusses a family weighing a decision of where to send their eighth-grader for high school — and how that decision has tested their political and social values.
Pitchers are throwing faster than ever — and it’s ruining baseball
May 24 • 21 min
William Booth breaks down Theresa May’s resignation and what it means for Brexit. Dave Sheinin fields questions on the velocity of baseball pitches. And Andrea Sachs raises the alarm on travel scams.
A Georgia clinic braces for the state’s new abortion law
May 23 • 27 min
Caroline Kitchener visits a Georgia abortion clinic. Damian Paletta explains the next front in the U.S.-China trade war. And DeNeen Brown discusses why Harriet Tubman won’t be on the $20 bill anytime soon.
President Trump vowed to fight opioids. But the fentanyl crisis keeps getting worse.
May 22 • 30 min
Jeff Stein on what an IRS draft memo means for the fight over President Trump’s taxes. Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham on the Trump administration’s response to the fentanyl crisis. And Carol Leonnig on the meticulous lawyer subpoenaed by Congress.
One conservative’s quest to reshape U.S. courts
May 21 • 26 min
Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg discuss the man reshaping the federal judiciary. Laura Meckler examines the power of a high school’s controversial mock funeral. And Jennifer Hassan dissects a new form of British protest.
Private companies are reviving the Space Coast. Can it last?
May 20 • 22 min
Joanna Slater on India’s election, the largest exercise of democracy ever. Christian Davenport on the business resurgence along Florida’s Space Coast. And a gift for Morehouse College 2019 graduates.
The new Howard Stern on the old one: ‘I don’t know who that guy is’
May 17 • 32 min
Aaron Blake on why antiabortion Republicans are changing their legal strategy to dismantle Roe v. Wade. Geoff Edgers on the new Howard Stern. And critic Sebastian Smee on how the art world increasingly caters to billionaires.
A medical mystery on a college campus
May 16 • 30 min
Michael Scherer on the challenges of a crowded 2020 field for Democrats. Amy Brittain and Jenn Abelson on how a university left its students in the dark about a viral outbreak. Plus, Reis Thebault on trash in one of the most remote places on Earth.
‘He’s entwined his business with his presidency … and it’s not going well.’
May 15 • 27 min
David Fahrenthold on how the Trump presidency is damaging the Trump brand. John Hudson on how the White House is handling escalating tensions with Iran. And Bonnie Berkowitz on some of the super-athletic people in power in Washington.
Bible study before recess: ‘It’s more important than any other book’
May 14 • 29 min
Nick Miroff on what was happening behind the scenes before the purge at DHS. Julie Zauzmer on the conservative effort to get Bible classes in public schools. Plus, Ellen McCarthy on the could-be first gentleman.
The state legislatures trying to overturn Roe v. Wade
May 13 • 25 min
Deanna Paul explains the state laws aimed at getting the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe. Political reporter Holly Bailey on the millionaire running on a universal basic income platform. And, the impact of climate change on surfing, with Rick Maese.
A battle in West Virginia: A coal mine versus crayfish.
May 10 • 26 min
Juliet Eilperin on the battle over coal mining in West Virginia. Sarah Kaplan on how scientists plan for a catastrophic asteroid strike. Plus, Caitlin Gibson on the weird psychology behind the baby-on-board sticker.
One man’s fight to save the world’s tigers
May 9 • 31 min
Terrence McCoy on tiger farms in Laos. Chelsea Janes on the electability of 2020 candidates. Plus, Adrian Higgins on the man keeping orchids alive.
How a father-daughter relationship is helping define one 2020 candidate.
May 8 • 26 min
Ashley Parker on Trump’s attempts to recast his response to Charlottesville. Ben Terris on how Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s relationship with her father has defined her candidacy. Plus, Anna Fifield on China’s attempt to recover from the one-child policy.
The U.S. and China: It’s complicated
May 7 • 23 min
Damian Paletta on the new tariffs President Trump wants to impose on China. Griff Witte on how Germany’s apprenticeship programs help refugees. Plus, Michael Kranish on America’s first black sports hero.
Inside Boeing’s boardroom during the 737 Max crisis
May 6 • 27 min
Douglas MacMillan on how Boeing’s board didn’t focus on safety issues during the 737 Max crisis. Sally Jenkins on the morality of horse racing. Plus, Elahe Izadi on a new Hulu show exploring being young and religious in America.
Why the president’s probable nominee for the Fed backed out
May 3 • 24 min
Heather Long on why President Trump’s presumed nominee stepped away from the Federal Reserve Board. DeNeen L. Brown on the enslaved African woman documented in Jamestown. Plus, Rachel Hatzipanagos on co-workers of color who are confused for each other.
Police test facial recognition in Oregon. But privacy advocates have serious concerns.
May 2 • 25 min
Drew Harwell on the implications of using facial-recognition software in police work. Amie Ferris-Rotman on Afghanistan’s first lady speaking out for women’s rights. Plus, Deanna Paul on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Barr answers for his handling of the Mueller report
May 1 • 27 min
Devlin Barrett on Attorney General William P. Barr’s testimony. Maria Sacchetti on the Trump administration saying it may charge asylum seekers looking for refuge. Plus, Rick Maese on what happened when a female runner’s hormones came under scrutiny.
U.S. agencies want to ‘Russia-proof’ 2020. The White House isn’t on board.
Apr 30 • 24 min
Lena Sun on the growing cases of measles in the U.S. Shane Harris on the White House’s downplaying of warning signs of Russian interference ahead of the 2020 election. Plus, Simon Denyer on the end of an era in Japan.
President Trump leans on Fox host Lou Dobbs for policy advice
Apr 29 • 25 min
Matt Zapotosky with a preview for Attorney General William P. Barr’s Mueller report testimony before Congress. Manuel Roig-Franzia on Lou Dobbs’s influence on President Trump. Plus, Samantha Schmidt on the ride service for K-12th-graders.
‘There are monsters in my room:’ How a smart home security system failed
Apr 26 • 20 min
Reed Albergotti on how Nest, designed to keep intruders out, allowed access to hackers. Will Hobson on the ousting of the women’s basketball coach at UNC-Chapel Hill. And food critic Tom Sietsema with a proportional plea.
And then there were 20: Biden (finally) enters the race
Apr 25 • 31 min
Matt Viser on former vice president Joe Biden jumping into the 2020 race. Gillian Brockell and Drew Harwell on the complications of grieving on social media. And what is breaking “Jeopardy!”? Emily Yahr explains.
‘This is a political war between the White House and Congress’
Apr 24 • 21 min
Robert Costa on the White House’s attempts to keep aides from testifying to Congress. Jeff Stein on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student-loan forgiveness plan. And Niha Masih on how far India will go for one vote.
‘The numbers are just staggering’: Death toll rises in Sri Lanka
Apr 23 • 25 min
Joanna Slater and Tony Romm with analysis on the Sri Lanka attacks and the government’s response. Rachael Bade on why Speaker Pelosi is tapping the brakes on impeachment talk. Aynne Kokas on China’s first sci-fi blockbuster coming to Netflix.
The method of Mueller: Inside the special counsel’s investigation
Apr 22 • 22 min
Rosalind S. Helderman with in-depth analysis of the Mueller investigation and where it hit dead ends. Dan Zak on Al Gore’s climate strategy. Plus, Philip Rucker on how President Trump uses the Marine One helicopter during news conferences.
Trump ordered them to thwart Mueller. White House aides refused.
Apr 19 • 30 min
Philip Rucker on the obstruction that could have been. Kimberly Kindy on how the pork industry could soon take more control of food safety checks. Plus, Maura Judkis on the cannabis cookbooks that put pot in your potluck.
Everything you need to know from the Mueller report.
Apr 18 • 33 min
Post reporters Rosalind S. Helderman, Shane Harris and Carol D. Leonnig break down the key findings of the redacted Mueller report released today by Attorney General William P. Barr.
Trump shifting DHS focus from counterterrorism to immigration
Apr 17 • 24 min
Nick Miroff reports on the major shift in focus at the Department of Homeland Security. Carlos Lozada dissects the brain trust surrounding Trump, the anti-intellectual president. Plus Joe Fox and Lauren Tierney visit a shrinking national landmark.
Why banning fringe users doesn’t keep conspiracy theories off YouTube
Apr 16 • 22 min
Philip Kennicott envisions Notre Dame’s reconstruction. Abby Ohlheiser reports on the resurfacing of Internet conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. And Emily Yahr talks about the Backstreet Boys and their hit single “I Want It That Way.”
‘I saw the image … and just gasped’: Shock, devastation as Notre Dame burns
Apr 15 • 17 min
Robert McCartney reflects on the massive fire at Paris’s historic Notre Dame Cathedral. Toluse Olorunnipa breaks down 2020 candidates’ campaign finance reports. And Matt Bonesteel mulls Tiger Woods’s “return to glory.”
The culture clash at the center of New York’s measles outbreak
Apr 12 • 24 min
Lenny Bernstein on New York City’s mandatory vaccination order; Juliet Eilperin on how the military is approaching climate change differently than the White House; and Ryan Pfeffer on what it’s like to die on “Game of Thrones.”
The U.S. case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Apr 11 • 25 min
Ellen Nakashima on Julian Assange’s arrest in London. Moriah Balingit on challenges for low-income Asian American students. Plus, Marian Anderson and the concert that changed America.
Why is Julián Castro the only 2020 Democrat with an immigration plan?
Apr 10 • 26 min
Michael Scherer on why Julián Castro is the only 2020 Democrat with an immigration plan. Emily Rauhala on Yazidi refugees in Canada. And Joel Achenbach on the first picture of a black hole.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on a religious left revival
Apr 9 • 25 min
Toluse Olorunnipa on the staffing turmoil within the Department of Homeland Security. Sarah Pulliam Bailey on likely presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s faith. Plus, Emily Yahr and Bethonie Butler on “Old Town Road.”
High-risk lending caused the Great Recession. Could it happen again?
Apr 8 • 21 min
Damian Paletta explains the dangers of leveraged loans. Loveday Morris examines Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s standing ahead of the Israeli legislative elections. Plus, Simon Denyer in Japan’s “city of whales.”
He fought for justice. Now he’s facing misconduct allegations.
Apr 5 • 28 min
Neena Satija and Wesley Lowery on the misconduct allegations against the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Sarah Ellison on Rupert Murdoch’s son and the fate of Fox News. Plus, Peter Holley on the Bible designed for Instagram.
What did AG Barr hold back from his Mueller report summary?
Apr 4 • 27 min
Rosalind S. Helderman on the people upset about what was left out of the Mueller report summary. David Ignatius on Jamal Khashoggi’s killing six months later. Plus, Jonathan Capehart on voices from the civil rights movement.
Britax strollers kept crashing. Why wasn’t there a recall?
Apr 3 • 24 min
Tara Bahrampour on how the census going digital could expose it to hacking and disinformation campaigns. Todd C. Frankel on how a stroller company made a case against its products go away. Plus, Joanna Slater on cockfights in India.
The Supreme Court’s mixed messages on religious rights for death row inmates
Apr 2 • 23 min
Robert Barnes on the Supreme Court’s differing decisions on religious rights. Patricia Sullivan on how Amazon’s new headquarters in Virginia could threaten a nearby Latino neighborhood. Plus, Canada persuades foreign tech talent to move from the U.S.
Joe Biden is an affectionate guy. Is that a problem for a 2020 run?
Apr 1 • 26 min
Elise Viebeck on scrutiny over Joe Biden’s interactions with women. Caroline Kitchener on the only new Republican woman in the House. Plus, Christopher Ingraham on the amount of sex Americans are having.
Thought the fight over Obamacare was done? Think again.
Mar 29 • 29 min
Paige Winfield Cunningham on Obamacare and the recent Justice Department efforts to overturn it. Carlos Lozada on lessons learned from past reports on presidential conduct. Plus, Anton Troianovski on a celebrity turned politician in Ukraine.
Will all 2020 Democrats release their tax returns?
Mar 28 • 25 min
Holly Bailey on whether 2020 Democrats will release their tax returns. Laurie McGinley on the new FDA-approved depression treatments. Plus, Jon Gerberg and Michael Robinson Chavez on life in Venezuela.
Questions about suicide and guns, after three deaths
Mar 27 • 28 min
Katie Zezima and Joel Achenbach on gun control and the public health crisis of suicides. Anton Troianovski and Shane Harris on how Russia interfered in American elections. Plus, Reed Albergotti on Apple switching up its business model.
With $270 million settlement, Purdue Pharma starts paying for the opioid crisis
Mar 26 • 17 min
Katie Zezima on the pharmaceutical company’s landmark settlement. Amy Gardner on voting rights for felons in Florida. And Dan Zak on butterflies and the border wall.
What happens after Mueller? ‘There’s a long way to go.’
Mar 25 • 22 min
Josh Dawsey and Karoun Demirjian report on Washington’s response to Attorney General William P. Barr’s summary of Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation. And Jeff Stein on Puerto Rico’s loss of food stamp funding.
Mueller finds no conspiracy with Russia but does not draw a conclusion on obstruction of justice
Mar 24 • 11 min
Robert Mueller did not find evidence the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia, according to a letter Attorney General William Barr delivered to Congress on Sunday. Post reporter Devlin Barrett joins Martine Powers for an extra episode of Post Reports.
Roseanne Barr just can’t shut up
Mar 22 • 27 min
Paul Sonne on potential impacts of the Pentagon’s plan to fund the border wall; Geoff Edgers on his trip to Israel with Roseanne; and Ben Guarino on the “zombie theory” of birth order.
As a top prosecutor, Klobuchar often declined to pursue charges in police-involved killings
Mar 21 • 28 min
Elise Viebeck and Michelle Lee on presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar’s history as a county prosecutor; Lenny Bernstein on a lack of HIV prevention drugs where they’re needed; and Elahe Izadi on the horror-movie renaissance.
The white candidates struggling to appeal to black voters
Mar 20 • 25 min
Heather Long on the #MeToo moment in the field of economics; Cleve Wootson on 2020 candidates struggling to bridge the race gap; Rick Maese on another year without a near-mythical race.
After discrimination charges, Facebook making big changes to its ad system
Mar 19 • 22 min
Tracy Jan explains expected changes to Facebook’s targeted ad system. Kate Woodsome on married couples in bureaucratic limbo because of Trump’s travel ban. Anna Fifield on the power of Haka.
How intelligence agencies grapple with the global reach of domestic terrorism
Mar 18 • 23 min
Shane Harris on how intelligence agencies share domestic terrorism threats; Rosalind S. Helderman on what we already know about the special counsel’s investigation; and the growing list of states that want to change the electoral process.
How the New Zealand mosque shootings moved across social media
Mar 15 • 19 min
Hamza Shaban on how YouTube, Facebook and Twitter failed to stop the spread of a violent video from the Christchurch mosque shootings. William Booth with an update on Brexit. And Geoffrey Fowler on the costs of “free” tax-prep services.
Pilots raised the alarm after last year’s Boeing crash. Then another plane went down.
Mar 14 • 22 min
Aaron Gregg investigates pilot complaints to Boeing. Glenn Kessler dissects what socialism really means. And Brady Dennis reports on the young climate activists going on strike.
How the Obama administration missed the fentanyl crisis
Mar 13 • 27 min
A Post investigation uncovers how federal officials failed to address the rising threat of synthetic opioids. Emily Rauhala breaks down Justin Trudeau’s first major political scandal. And Isabelle Khurshudyan on the changing face of hockey referees.
‘Operation Varsity Blues’: A college entrance bribery scheme
Mar 12 • 30 min
An elaborate college entrance bribery scheme. When veterans take their lives in the very places they sought help. Plus, a space name odyssey.
Questions for Boeing after second deadly plane crash
Mar 11 • 25 min
Brian Fung explains Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s push to crack down on tech companies. Aaron Gregg delves into the tragic crash of a commercial Boeing plane in Ethiopia. And Simon Denyer revisits Fukushima, the site of one of Japan’s worst nuclear disasters.
From $22 an hour to $11: What the GM layoffs mean for workers
Mar 8 • 26 min
Heather Long tells us about an uncertain future for laid-off autoworkers. Devlin Barrett explains why terrorists in the U.S. are rarely charged with “terrorism.” And Shelly Tan discusses a long-awaited superhero.
Joe Biden’s 1975 rhetoric on race
Mar 7 • 23 min
Matt Viser on what we can learn from an interview with Joe Biden from the 1970s. Cat Zakrzewski on Facebook’s privacy overhaul. Plus, Lavanya Ramanathan on the rebranding of veganism.
‘I take full responsibility’: How Kamala Harris dealt with a scandal as DA
Mar 6 • 26 min
Michael Kranish on some questions Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) might face about her record as a prosecutor as 2020 heats up. Science reporter Carolyn Y. Johnson on what we still don’t understand about pregnancy. Plus, LeBron James could break a record.
A second patient is free of HIV, offering new hope for a cure
Mar 5 • 20 min
Carolyn Y. Johnson on the second patient who may be cured of HIV, and Karoun Demirjian on the Democrats’ post-Cohen strategy. Plus, Avi Selk on a Harvard professor who believes in aliens.
A surge in border crossings that wouldn’t be solved by a wall
Mar 4 • 24 min
Nick Miroff on a surge in border crossings that is expected to go up. Peggy McGlone on a philanthropic family’s ties to the opioid crisis. And the president is on the phone … just to talk.
Will ‘Leaving Neverland’ make fans leave Michael Jackson?
Mar 1 • 25 min
Hank Stuever on the new documentary about alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson. Joanna Slater explains the recent clashes in ongoing India-Pakistan border tensions. Plus, Avi Selk on waiting for the Mueller investigation’s final report.
The fragility of citizenship
Feb 28 • 25 min
Philip Rucker’s debriefing on the Trump-Kim Hanoi summit. Ishaan Tharoor on the question of citizenship for westerners in the Islamic State. Plus, the Pentagon’s new effort to count civilian casualties in war from Missy Ryan.
‘I’m here to tell the truth about Mr. Trump.’
Feb 27 • 22 min
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer and personal attorney, appeared before a congressional committee today. Post reporters Karoun Demirjian, Rosalind S. Helderman, David Fahrenthold and Aaron Blake guide us through his testimony.
Trump and Kim look for a grand bargain in Hanoi
Feb 26 • 17 min
Simon Denyer on what to expect from the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. Rosalind Helderman on the new details Michael Cohen’s testimony could offer. Plus, Tamer El-Ghobashy reports on the world of pigeon racing in Iraq.
Democrats ready ‘no’ vote on national emergency
Feb 25 • 21 min
Toluse Olorunnipa explains why House Democrats are challenging Trump’s national emergency. Nicole Ellis on her personal journey to figure out whether egg freezing was right for her. And the plight of adjunct professors, with Danielle Douglas-Gabriel.
The teenagers trying to save the world
Feb 22 • 20 min
Anne Gearan on the Trump administration’s aid dilemma in Venezuela. Sarah Kaplan on the kids who are done waiting on adults to address climate change. And Emily Yahr on the mess that is this year’s Oscars.
Facebook’s billion-dollar blunder
Feb 21 • 18 min
Tony Romm on Facebook potentially paying up after Cambridge Analytica. Christian Davenport on how rocket launches are muddying air travel. Plus, Orion Donovan-Smith on Liberian immigrants losing protections after decades.
With scandals growing, Catholic leaders gather for Vatican summit on sex abuse
Feb 20 • 29 min
Chico Harlan on Roman Catholic Church leaders gathering for a summit about sex abuse. scandals. Michelle Ye Hee Lee on how small donors matter in a presidential race. Plus, Adam Giannelli on his stutter and how canvassing helped him find his voice.
Bernie Sanders surprised everyone in 2016. Can he do it again?
Feb 19 • 22 min
Aaron Blake on Bernie Sanders’s second presidential run. Steven Rich on the emotional impact of a school lockdown. Plus, Robin Givhan on the life and complexities of the late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.
Can impeachment appear legitimate in a hyperpartisan universe?
Feb 18 • 22 min
Carlos Lozada on the legitimacy of impeachment in a partisan climate. Plus, columnist David Ignatius examines the state of U.S.-Saudi relations after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump braces for challenges to emergency declaration
Feb 15 • 24 min
Damian Paletta on the details of President Trump’s emergency declaration. Anthony Faiola on the continuing political battle in Venezuela. Plus, Geoffrey A. Fowler on Marie Kondo-ing your digital life.
Why President Trump is declaring a national emergency
Feb 14 • 21 min
Josh Dawsey on Trump’s plans to avoid another shutdown but still declare a national emergency. Rosalind S. Helderman on how Paul Manafort lied to investigators. And what “I love you” means literally.
A smaller refund this year? That doesn’t mean your taxes went up.
Feb 13 • 31 min
Heather Long explains why your tax refund may be smaller this year. Lenny Bernstein on organ transplant oversight in the United States. And Sarah Kaplan with a sweet farewell to the Mars rover Opportunity.
There’s a deal to avert a government shutdown — but is Trump on board?
Feb 12 • 23 min
Josh Dawsey on whether we’re heading for another shutdown. Juliet Eilperin on how late-term abortions have become political. And a Post reader on what John Dingell’s death meant to him.
Loyal bulldog, furious fixer: The two Michael Cohens
Feb 11 • 27 min
Paul Schwartzman on the path that led Michael Cohen to Donald Trump. Lena Sun on the preventable measles outbreak in Washington state. And Anna Fifield on China’s “leftover women.”
Jeff Bezos takes on the National Enquirer
Feb 8 • 28 min
Marc Fisher on the evolution of Jeff Bezos’s tabloid scandal — and its potential political implications. Plus, Geoff Edgers on how Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. changed pop culture. And, Ellen McCarthy on the job that shaped Nancy Pelosi’s speakership.
Charges of racism and sexual assault upend Va. politics
Feb 7 • 25 min
Fenit Nirappil on the mounting scandals engulfing Virginia’s state government. Michael E. Miller on the diminishing threat of MS-13 to the nation. Plus, Kolin Pope on how to create an emoji.
Elizabeth Warren apologizes for Native American heritage claims
Feb 6 • 25 min
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to The Post’s Annie Linskey after her apology for claims of Native American heritage. Plus, Karen DeYoung on the Trump administration’s approach to peace in Afghanistan. And just how many pets do Americans have?
The selective investigation of North Carolina’s alleged voter fraud
Feb 5 • 26 min
Amy Gardner reports on how prosecutors deal with voter fraud in North Carolina. Vanessa Williams looks at the Democrat responding to Trump’s State of the Union address. Plus: Luisa Beck on a vanished communist era — revived in nursing homes.
How Trump’s lifetime appointments are reshaping federal courts
Feb 4 • 21 min
President Trump installs a record number of appeals court judges, Ann Marimow reports. Shane Harris dissects the White House feud with its own intelligence agencies. Plus: Roxanne Roberts on how the “designated survivor” came to be.
For black boys who don’t want to play in the NFL
Feb 1 • 21 min
Today, Matt Viser on what separates Cory Booker from the 2020 pack. Former New England Patriot Martellus Bennett on looking beyond sports for black boys. And Peter Holley on the trouble with an e-scooter getaway.
How an assault victim sought justice when the system failed her
Jan 31 • 28 min
How one assault victim fought back against a successful D.C. chef. The tumultuous relationship between President Trump and Michael Bloomberg. And, what it feels like in the polar vortex.
What does Huawei have to do with the U.S.-China trade war?
Jan 30 • 19 min
Anna Fifield and Devlin Barrett break down how charges against the Chinese tech firm Huawei influence U.S. and Chinese relations. Plus, Aaron C. Davis on how some people who worked during the shutdown won’t be seeing a paycheck.
Why the polar vortex is really a symptom of global warming
Jan 29 • 21 min
Why record-breaking low temperatures aren’t evidence against global warming. Plus: Ian Shapira on former U.S. spies now in Congress and Nia Decaille on a rapper redefining black motherhood.
They only had each other. Then one became a mass shooter.
Jan 28 • 28 min
The brother of the confessed Parkland shooter wrestles with his responsibility to his only family member. After a Trump club fired about a dozen undocumented workers, they’re fighting back. And a love triangle that questions “in sickness and in health.”
The shutdown is over — for now. What happens next?
Jan 25 • 16 min
As a 35-day partial government shutdown comes to a close, Paul Kane explains why President Trump finally gave in to pressure. And Rosalind S. Helderman spells out the significance of the latest indictment in the Russia probe.
A diplomatic crisis in Venezuela
Jan 24 • 21 min
Carol Morello on why Venezuela may be on the verge of a coup. Abby Ohlheiser on how the Mall standoff went viral. Plus, Angela Fritz on the privatization of weather forecasts.
Senate shutdown votes are ‘fundamentally designed not to pass’
Jan 23 • 20 min
Seung Min Kim on stalled legislative efforts to end the seemingly never-ending shutdown. Moriah Balingit on the state of public school systems in light of the Los Angeles teachers’ strike. Plus, how international trade wars hit small-town America.
544 days in an Iranian prison
Jan 22 • 27 min
The Washington Post’s columnist Jason Rezaian on his imprisonment in Iran. Eugene Scott on how Kamala Harris’s identity is shaping her presidential campaign. Plus, a postcard from a ghost town.
One civil rights icon is ‘trying to demystify the hero thing’
Jan 21 • 10 min
Six decades after Minnijean Brown became one of the Little Rock Nine, one of the first nine black students to desegregate a high school in Little Rock, Ark., she has a new mission: showing the world just how scared she was as it happened.
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.