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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.

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.


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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.






Tulsa, 100 years later

The plight of black entrepreneurs in Tulsa, nearly a century after one of the nation’s worst acts of racial violence. Read more: In 1921, a White mob descended on the Greenwood district of Tulsa, killing scores of African Americans, and looting and burning their businesses to the ground. The Tulsa massacre decimated Greenwood, a commercial hub once hailed as the height of Black enterprise. But as Tracy Jan reports, Black erasure in Tulsa is hardly a remnant of the past. Today, Black...


Four hours of insurrection

Today, we reconstruct the riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — hearing from the lawmakers, journalists and law enforcement officials who were there, and answering lingering questions about how things went so wrong. Read more: The four-hour insurrection: How a mob of Trump supporters tried to disrupt American democracy. Reporters Rebecca Tan, Marissa J. Lang, Rhonda Colvin, and photojournalist Bill O’Leary were all witnesses to the violence on Jan. 6. They share their harrowing...


A brief history of tear gas in America

Tear gas is a chemical weapon banned in war. So why do police departments still use it on civilians in the United States? Producer Linah Mohammad and reporter Devlin Barrett examine the history of tear gas and the ethical questions about its use. Read more: Over the summer, tear gas was deployed to disperse peaceful protesters outside of St. John’s Church near the White House before President Trump posed with a Bible in front of the church, raising questions about the use of the chemical...


Impeached, again

President Trump is impeached by the House — again. And, inside a California hospital overwhelmed by the pandemic. Read more: On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for the second time, on the charge of incitement of insurrection. This time, some Republicans supported the move, like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Reporter Mike DeBonis reports on what it was like to be there today. And while we’ve all been transfixed by the attack on the Capitol and its...


Who’s in charge of the GOP?

A widening rift in the Republican Party. What FBI officials knew about the siege of the Capitol, and when they knew it. And, why the February Vogue cover of Kamala Harris is causing a stir. Read more: Political reporter Michael Scherer explains how the Capitol riot is escalating a fight for the soul of the Republican Party, with pro-Trump conspiracy theorists on one side and the party establishment on the other. The Washington Post has learned that a day before rioters stormed Congress,...


The insurrection planned in plain sight

How tech companies are responding to the far-right extremism on their platforms. Why we should have seen the siege on the Capitol coming. And, a brief history of presidential pettiness. Read more: The planning for last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol happened largely in plain view, with chatters in far-right forums explicitly discussing how to storm the building, handcuff lawmakers with zip ties, and disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s election. Those planners, however, are...


Trump’s ‘American Carnage’

Trump’s promise for a smooth transition of power might be too late, amid growing calls to remove him from office. After the attack on the Capitol, lawmakers seemed to come together — but will that last with a 50-50 Senate? And an update from Georgia. Read more: White House bureau chief Phil Rucker brings us behind the scenes of a week when President Trump incited a mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol, and then, grudgingly, admitted his loss. With Democratic victories in Georgia’s...


What happens after an insurrection?

The public fracturing of the Republican Party. Security failures at the Capitol. And, questions about why predominantly White rioters got kid-glove treatment from police. Read more: Lawmakers, rattled and angry, reconvened to certify election results after an angry pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Seung Min Kim reports on the very public schism laid bare in the Republican Party. National security reporter Shane Harris on the massive failure of law enforcement to protect the...


Two Americas collide

The U.S. Capitol has been breached by a pro-Trump mob during the process of confirming Joe Biden’s vistory in the presidential election. Meanwhile, another election in Georgia is wrapping up — with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. Read more: A violent mob has breached the U.S. Capitol, halting a congressional count of electoral votes. Follow live updates here. Results from the Senate runoffs in Georgia signal a Democratic flip in the state, and in the Senate. National...


Can America’s vaccine rollout be fixed?

Why the vaccine rollout has been slower than expected in the United States. And, the political theater of counting electoral college votes. Read more: Reporters Isaac Stanley-Becker and Brittany Shammas explain why state and local health systems are struggling to roll out coronavirus vaccines, and what that means for people hoping to sign up. On Wednesday, Joe Biden will be one step closer to the presidency. Rosalind S. Helderman reports on what to expect during the congressional counting...


‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’

What President Trump’s pressure campaign to overturn his election defeat sounds like. And, a nursing home’s creative solution to physical isolation. Read more: Amy Gardner explains why Trump’s latest phone call to Georgia officials has legal scholars crying foul. And as the nation keeps a close eye on Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoff elections, it’s a good time to revisit Post Reports’ deep dive into the real — and perceived — voter suppression in the state. And, after months of...


Georgia on our minds

As the dust settled after the November election, it became clear that the balance of power in Washington would all hinge on two Senate runoffs in Georgia. Whether President-elect Joe Biden will be able to accomplish major parts of his agenda, whether Congress will remain gridlocked, whether there will be single party rule or a still divided government -- it all comes down to Georgia. Attention, money and volunteers have poured into the state. But how much do we really understand about...


Love, actually … isn’t all around

A story of love and family — and deadlines. Read more: For Post Reports producer Linah Mohammad, moving back in with her parents to weather the pandemic in Texas seemed like a harmless idea. But then Mohammad, who is single, turned 25 — a milestone sometimes deemed “the cutoff age for eligibility” for Arab women to marry — and suddenly her parents’ involvement in her love life made things a lot more complicated. So she decided to do something she’d never done before: let her parents...


Underwater during a pandemic

In April, a massive dam failure in Midland, Mich., left an entire community underwater amid the pandemic. Jacob May saw the flood ravage his hometown and recorded an audio diary. This is Jacob’s story, and an update on how he’s doing now. Read more: Back in the spring, the producers of the Post podcast “All Told” put together a series of audio diaries, bringing listeners inside different people’s experiences of the pandemic. One of those diaries was from Jacob May. In late April, a dam in...


‘Presidential’: The story of Joe Biden

We really thought we knew everything there is to know about Joe Biden. … But then we heard this episode of “Presidential” with Lillian Cunningham and the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos, and we learned so much that we wanted to share it with you here. We’re taking a couple days off for Christmas. We hope you are safe and cozy wherever you are, whether you celebrate or not. We’ll be back on Monday, Dec. 28, with more stories from The Washington Post. Read more: Find the “Presidential” podcast...


London on lockdown

A new mutation of the coronavirus is spreading in the U.K. — and causing chaos at certain ports of entry as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. Plus, the historic nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland to be interior secretary. Read more: The U.K. coronavirus mutation prompts more travel bans and major freight disruptions. The timing couldn’t be worse, London bureau chief Bill Booth says, as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. President-elect Joe Biden has picked Rep. Deb...


Is $900 billion too little too late?

What’s in the new stimulus package? The people stealing to survive during a pandemic. And a dispatch from America’s oldest Chinatown. Read more: Rachel Siegel explains what Congress included in the long-awaited stimulus deal — and what it left out. More people are shoplifting food during the pandemic, according to retailers, police departments and researchers around the country. Abha Bhattarai reports on the Americans struggling to survive covid-19’s harsh economic realities. Jada Chin...


The sensibility of Janet Yellen

How president-elect Joe Biden has tapped Janet Yellen to be the first female treasury secretary. And the mall Santas making it work. Read more: Economist Janet L. Yellen has had many jobs, even in the White House. Now, she’s going to be the secretary of the Treasury Department — if confirmed — in Biden’s Cabinet. Economics correspondent Heather Long explains the significance of her nomination. And, this year, Santa performers are braving the pandemic with plexiglass, sanitation elves and...


From Russia, with malware

What Russia hacked this time. Why America’s biggest companies are laying people off during a pandemic – while boasting record profits. And new coronavirus tests you can take at home. Read more: The U.S. government spent billions on a system for detecting hacks. The Russians outsmarted it, as national security reporter Ellen Nakashima explains. Some of America’s biggest companies have made a killing off the pandemic. But their record profits haven’t stopped them from laying off thousands...


Get rich or vote trying

How members of Congress vote to enrich themselves. Why Biden is pursuing an unconventional pick for defense secretary. And what happened when The Post’s food critic got covid-19. Read more: Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia aren’t alone in drawing scrutiny over their stock portfolios. Chris Ingraham dives into new research showing that lawmakers with stock holdings vote in ways that juice their portfolios. Dan Lamothe explains the controversy surrounding President-elect Joe...