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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.






Capital B for Black

In a newsroom, it’s rare that a question of whether to capitalize a word sparks intense discussion and debate. But in June, an issue of textual style became an urgent topic at The Washington Post: Should journalists begin capitalizing the word “Black” when used as a racial identifier? And if so … what does that mean for “White”? And “Brown”? “During my lifetime, this decision has come up a lot,” says Jesse Lewis, who leads The Post’s copy editing desk. “I was born in the ’50s, and at the...


Can police learn to de-escalate?

Police officers around the country are fielding an increasing number of mental-health calls. Hannah Dreier documents what it’s been like for one officer who recently completed his department’s de-escalation training. And, Michelle Boorstein reports on how gospel choirs are adapting to the pandemic’s socially distanced reality. Read more: Converging in a tense section of Huntsville: A White police officer fresh from de-escalation training, a troubled Black woman with a gun, and a crowd with...


The attorney general’s defense

Amber Phillips recaps Attorney General William P. Barr’s combative testimony on Capitol Hill. Peter Whoriskey uncovers how Johnson & Johnson companies used a “super poppy” to make narcotics for America’s most abused opioid pills. Plus, Michael Andor Brodeur on the sound of the pandemic. Read more: Takeaways from Attorney General Barr’s contentious congressional hearing Johnson & Johnson companies used a ‘super poppy’ to make narcotics for popular opioid pills Music for the...


No really, how long before a coronavirus vaccine?

Trying to find 30,000 test subjects for a coronavirus vaccine, from Carolyn Y. Johnson. How white moms on the front line of Portland, Ore., protests are trying to balance power with privilege, according to the people who spoke with reporter Marissa Lang. Plus, a seismically quiet Earth during the pandemic’s shutdowns, from science reporter Joel Achenbach. Read more: Trials for coronavirus vaccines are underway, but we still have a long way to go. The “Wall of Moms” participating in...


Public vs. private: The pandemic education gap

Perry Stein on the private-school choice parents are making as public classrooms remain closed. Geoff Fowler guides us through the privacy risks on TikTok. And Michele Norris explains the significance of John Lewis’s final journey. Read more: As public schools go all virtual in the fall, parents eye private schools that promise to open their campuses. Is it time to delete TikTok? A guide to the rumors and real privacy risks. The late congressman John Lewis lies in state at the...


Policing while black

As a black police officer in Plainfield, N.J., Martesse Gilliam thought he could change policing from the inside — until he ended up on the outside. Plus, Steven Zeitchik on how movie theaters are adjusting to the pandemic. Read more: The duty and burden of the black police officer As movie theaters reopen, they’re tackling a role they never expected to play: Psychologist Tell us what you think of Post Reports, and all of The Washington Post’s audio projects, by filling out our audience...


A show of force in American cities

Matt Zapotosky dissects the deployment of federal agents to American cities. Max Bearak reports on the surprising effects of the coronavirus on Kenya’s wildlife preservation. And Dave Sheinin on the changes to baseball on Opening Day. Read more: Trump announces an increase in the use of federal law enforcement in U.S. cities. Coronavirus is crushing tourism — and cutting off a lifeline for wildlife. Opening day amid coronavirus: Masks, empty parks, social justice. Tell us what you think...


A looming deadline for tens of millions of Americans

Today on Post Reports, Jeff Stein tracks the GOP infighting complicating the trillion-dollar stimulus deal. As President Trump nears the end of his first term, Juliet Eilperin explains what’s at stake in the environmental world. And Christopher Rowland, on the race to make enough small glass vials to deliver coronavirus vaccines around the world. Read more: A rift forms between the White House and Senate Republicans as they stumble to formulate a unified coronavirus budget plan. Nixon...


The Gettysburg Troll

Investigative reporter Dalton Bennett goes on a quest to find the shadowy figure behind a number of social media hoaxes –– the most recent played out in Gettysburg on Independence Day –– that have riled far-right extremists and repeatedly duped media outlets. Read more: The Troll: A fake flag burning at Gettysburg was only his latest hoax. Tell us what you think of Post Reports, and all of The Washington Post’s audio projects. Subscribe to The Washington Post:...


Federal agents storm Portland

Today on Post Reports, Devlin Barrett and Marissa Lang explain why federal tactical units have been deployed to Portland, Ore. — over the protest of city officials. And Jonathan Capehart, on the life and legacy of John Lewis. Read more: Federal officials ignore city officials’ calls to leave Portland as clashes with protesters continue. Civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis died on Friday. Jonathan Capehart remembers the life and legacy of one of the original freedom...


Inside the Houston surge

Full emergency rooms. Expanded ICUs. Double shifts. 3 a.m. phone calls to patients’ families. A look inside the hospitals at Texas Medical Center in Houston — the epicenter of the state’s new surge in coronavirus cases. Read more: As coronavirus cases skyrocket across Texas, hospitals grapple with patient influxes. At least 135,000 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S. Tell us how you feel about Post Reports –– and all The Washington Post’s audio projects –– by filling out this...


A tale of two vaccine searches

Carolyn Y. Johnson explains how the unsuccessful years-long hunt for an HIV vaccine could give scientists a leg up in developing a novel coronavirus vaccine. Carlos Lozada dissects Mary L. Trump’s new book. And Ben Golliver shares a glimpse from inside the NBA bubble at Disney World. Read more: Decades of research on an HIV vaccine boost the bid for one against coronavirus. The real villain of Mary L. Trump’s family tell-all isn’t Donald. It’s Fred. What’s it like in the NBA’s Disney...


A crisis for education

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner on the decision to keep public schools online in the fall. Laura Meckler explains the delicate dance local districts are facing with whether to allow students on campus. And Nick Anderson, on a victory for international college students. Read more: California’s two largest districts will keep students home as the pandemic worsens. With coronavirus science still iffy, U.S. schools hope to reopen for 56.6 million K-12...


How some campus health centers fail students

Jenn Abelson describes the state of college campus health-care centers. William Wan reports on the recurring supply shortages challenging health-care workers. And, Emily Heil explains the boycott against Goya. Read more: As students return to college amid the coronavirus pandemic, campus health-care centers across the country face their biggest test. What’s your experience been like with college health centers? Tell us your story. America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves....


How Trump rewards loyalty

Toluse Olorunnipa reports on the fallout of Roger Stone’s commutation. Marissa Lang discusses the concerns of organizations that help victims of domestic violence. And Robert McCartney explains how Washington’s NFL team is dropping its name. Read more: Trump commuted his confidant’s sentence. Roger Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering. Domestic violence is rising amid coronavirus lockdowns. Corporate money, Black Lives Matter protests and elites’ opinions are...


A new Hong Kong

Shibani Mahtani reports on the security law sending a chill through Hong Kong. Abha Bhattarai explains why workers are being laid off — again. And Cleve Wootson on the implications of reopening Disney World in Florida. Read more: With the introduction of a security law, hope for a democratic Hong Kong disappears. Workers are being laid off for a second time, as coronavirus surge puts the brakes on reopening the economy. Florida invited the nation to its reopening. Then it became a new...


Will we ever see Trump’s taxes?

Today on Post Reports, David Fahrenthold explains the Supreme Court’s rulings on Trump’s tax records, and why the public still may never see them. Debbie Cenziper on how a nursing home administered a cocktail of unapproved drugs to its residents. And music critic Michael Andor Brodeur ventures out to hear live music for the first time since the pandemic began. Read more: Supreme Court rules Manhattan’s District Attorney may subpoena Trump’s tax records, denies Congress access for...


Black women to Biden: You owe us

Today on Post Reports, Errin Haines on what black female voters want from the Democratic Party. Michael Scherer explores the relevance of political conventions during a pandemic. And Tiana Clark on getting divorced over videoconference. Read more: Black women show up at the polls. Will the Democratic party show up for them? How conventions will be different during the pandemic. The surreal anticlimax of getting divorced over videoconference. Subscribe to The Washington Post:...


Teaching the human body to fight covid-19

Today on Post Reports, Carolyn Johnson explains that in the rush to find a vaccine for the coronavirus, scientists are turning to an elegant but unproven method. Jonathan O’Connell reports on how the Small Business Administration funneled relief funds to major chains and private-equity investors. And, Taylor Turner on how historically black colleges and universities face unique challenges during the pandemic. Read more: RNA vaccines have leapt to the front of the fight against the...


Will there be another stimulus bill?

Congress has adjourned for a two-week recess without addressing the alarming rise in coronavirus infections or the ongoing economic crisis. Erica Werner explains what might come next. Aaron Blake reports on how some Republicans lawmakers are moving toward mandating masks, even as Trump continues to question how dangerous the coronavirus really is. And Ben Guarino on the new elevator etiquette amid a pandemic. Read more: Congress departs for two-week recess without addressing coronavirus...