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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.






Will Hong Kong be changed forever?

Shibani Mahtani and Emily Rauhala explain what Beijing’s new security laws could mean for the future of Hong Kong. Steven Zeitchik on summer cinema in 2020. And a New York bus driver on the dangers such workers face. Read more: Hong Kong police use tear gas against thousands protesting Beijing’s new law The fate of the summer movie season rests on one Christopher Nolan film NYC bus drivers risk their health to keep city moving through pandemic Subscribe to The Washington Post:...


Why the need to go might prevent us from going out

Americans are making it clear: They won’t be ready to go out to their favorite destinations until they feel confident about being able to go. To the bathroom, that is. Read more: The need to go is a big barrier to going out. Why public bathrooms are a stumbling block for reopening. Subscribe to The Washington Post:


Who is Hillary without Bill?

Novelist Curtis Sittenfeld imagines another life for Hillary Rodham –– one without Bill Clinton. And, what we’re missing when we’re missing human touch. Read more: Some readers are calling Curtis Sittenfeld’s new book a work of ‘Pantsuit Nation fanfiction.’ She doesn’t mind at all. Skin-to-skin contact is often suggested for newborns. But we all need touch. Subscribe to The Washington Post:


The end of retail as we know it?

Abha Bhattarai and Damian Paletta unfold the retail bankruptcies weighing down the greater financial system. Chris Davenport explains the stakes of the first launch of NASA crews from the United States in nearly a decade. And, Hira Qureshi on the online community that’s breaking the fast together, each night of Ramadan. Read more: After years of debt, major department store chains are running out of cash –– and fast. SpaceX faces its toughest test. Millennials can’t celebrate in person...


Vote by mail? Harder than it sounds.

Joseph Marks describes the challenges of preparing for massive mail-in voting. Juliet Eilperin breaks down why people aren’t getting tested, in places that have plenty of tests. Plus, Min Joo Kim explains how a new outbreak in South Korea has pushed its LGBTQ community into the spotlight. Read more: Two primaries underscore dueling paths to holding elections during coronavirus pandemic As coronavirus testing expands, a new problem arises: Not enough people are getting tested Tracing...


Fighting covid-19: A tale of two countries

Linah Mohammad reflects on the strict lockdown in Jordan. Ishaan Tharoor unpacks how the “Swedish model” for battling coronavirus is not quite what it seems. Plus, Amanda Coletta explains why expanding your household’s bubble could be a headache. Read more: Jordan uses its army to put its capital, Amman, on lockdown. Sweden’s coronavirus strategy is not what it seems. Canadian provinces allow locked-down households to pair up – threatening hurt feelings all around. Subscribe to The...


What happens when the watchdog gets fired

Phil Rucker reports on Trump’s dismissal of the State Department’s inspector general. George Washington University’s Kathryn Newcomer on why these positions matter in overseeing the executive branch. Plus, Faiz Siddiqui investigates the pandemic-time deliveries of alcoholic beverages. Read more: The State Department inspector general fired by President Trump was looking into allegations that a staffer for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was performing domestic errands and chores. According...


What comes after reparations

In 1923, an all-white mob burned down the small mill town of Rosewood, Fla., killing at least six people and driving out black residents. Decades later, the survivors won reparations from Florida legislators, including a scholarship that allowed any Rosewood descendants to attend any of the state’s public universities. Robert Samuels reports on a conversation around the complicated legacy and effects of those reparations. Read more: How a scholarship helped — and didn't help — descendants...


Choosing between a paycheck and your health

Today on Post Reports, Holly Bailey and Tony Romm report that as some states begin to reopen, people returning to work face life-or-death decisions. Aaron Davis explains how an ousted U.S. health official testifies that 2020 may be “the darkest winter in modern history.” And, author Mary Beard on what she’s reading during this pandemic — she recommends Rebecca Solnit’s “Recollections of My Nonexistence.” Read more: People returning to work in states that are beginning to ease social...


Is dining out officially dead?

Today on Post Reports, investigative reporter Amy Brittain on the truth about Project Airbridge, a White House program set up to deliver badly needed personal protective equipment. Food reporter Laura Reiley explains the long road to recovery for restaurants. And Rachel Lerman says bartering is back in the time of the coronavirus. Read more: Trump promised that Project Airbridge would deliver essential supplies to medical workers, but a Post investigation reveals the emergency program is...


Bill Barr’s attempt to undo the Mueller investigation

Matt Zapotosky reports on the Justice Department’s recent moves to undercut the Mueller investigation. Aaron Gregg on the small-business loans that are going to large companies instead. And Monica Hesse on the power and popularity of Purell. Read more: Why the Justice Department moved to erase Michael Flynn’s guilty plea in the Russia investigation. Are Small Business Administration loans — part of coronavirus relief efforts — actually getting to small businesses? Delving into the...


What happened with Ahmaud Arbery’s case?

Cleve Wootson on why it took so long for the suspects to be charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s death. William Wan on the coronavirus’s toll on mental health. And Jacqueline Alemany on the young people left out of the virus relief efforts. Read more: It took 74 days for suspects to be charged in the death of a black jogger. The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental-health crisis. Young people are being left out of coronavirus economic relief efforts. That could be a big...


The sound of silence

What does the pandemic sound like? Mostly, silence, according to critic Robin Givhan. Read more: What does a pandemic sound like? For many of us at home, it’s a heartbreaking silence. Subscribe to The Washington Post:


‘You have all the jobs’: Motherhood during the pandemic

What being a working mom is like during a pandemic from Helena Andrews-Dyer. And how learning Bach could be an expression of grief from Philip Kennicott. Read more: This Mother’s Day, stories of women balancing careers and kids concede that thriving is out of reach. Surviving is enough in the time of the coronavirus. How one reporter found solace in Bach after losing his mother. Subscribe to The Washington Post:


Your money and the pandemic

Advice for managing your money, from personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary. What happens when people are too scared to seek medical care, from Frances Stead Sellers and Jessica Contrera. And what we wear when we’re stuck at home, and what it says about us, from fashion critic Robin Givhan. Read more: Your money and the pandemic: We answer your most pressing personal finance questions on the economic fallout of covid-19. Patients with heart attacks, strokes and even appendicitis...


A pandemic playbook for political campaigns

Michael Scherer describes how candidates have rewritten their campaigns during the pandemic. Jessica Contrera asks how we weigh risk against necessity, longing and fear. And Emily Heil on the anxiety-filled hellscape that is the grocery store. Read more: Political candidates – and not just the presidential ones – are reinventing how they campaign in the age of the pandemic. As the country moves to reopen, Americans weigh risk against necessity, longing and fear. Grocery shopping used to...


The deaths that haven’t been counted

Emma Brown on which deaths count toward the covid-19 death toll. Jeff Stein reports on the $500 billion the Federal Reserve plans to lend big corporations with little restrictions. Plus, Reed Albergotti explores what happens when cannabis is deemed an essential service. Read more: U.S. deaths soared in early weeks of the pandemic, far more than previously known. The U.S. plans to lend $500 billion to large companies. It won’t require them to preserve jobs or limit executive pay. Weed is...


The changing face of grief

How people are dealing with grief and loss during the pandemic. And Melinda Hunt, the director of Hart Island in New York explains the challenges of burying the city’s dead. Read more: The coronavirus is rewriting how we grieve. Unable to gather in person, people are finding new ways to mourn. An island in New York that has historically housed the city’s dead is being stretched by the coronavirus. Subscribe to The Washington Post:


The rise of sourdough bread baking

In the pandemic times, sourdough bread is king. Post Reports producer Reena Flores goes on a journey to find out why, with King Arthur Flour co-chief executive Karen Colberg and ancient bread maker Seamus Blackley. Read more: People are baking bread like crazy, and now we’re running out of flour and yeast. Now is the ideal time to learn to make sourdough bread. Here’s how. Subscribe to The Washington Post:


Two thousand hours of Louis Armstrong

Geoff Edgers on how the Louis Armstrong Museum is finding a new life online during the coronavirus pandemic -- and, just a warning, this segment contains explicit language. From The Post’s podcast “All Told,” how one blues musician is changing his act under self isolation. And Reena Flores on a new kind of romantic comedy on Netflix. Read more: Jazz legend Louis Armstrong is being honored in a new way at a nonprofit museum that’s going digital during the pandemic. Blues in self isolation,...