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.
Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for three days when he ordered them to kill three Afghans on a dirt road. After a second-degree murder conviction, Lorance was pardoned by Trump, hailed as a hero. His troops suffered a different fate.
In 2014, Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a police officer while playing with a toy gun. He was 12 years old. His mother, Samaria Rice, discusses the trauma she still carries. And, why a decrease in reports of child abuse isn’t cause for celebration.
On the race to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, and why the fastest way to test a vaccine poses huge ethical questions. Plus, why so many people are convinced that they had covid-19 already.
The Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to end the DACA program — but what’s next for undocumented “dreamers”? And a new online radio station for people isolated in nursing homes — where they’re the DJs.
George Floyd is laid to rest in Texas. We hear from some of the people who knew him. President Trump and federal law enforcement vs. Washington, D.C. And how a black police officer responded to protests.
How cities failed to protect the black community from the coronavirus. President Trump’s break with the World Health Organization during a pandemic. And the double-edged sword of cameras being everywhere for racial injustice protesters and police.
Why gas was used on peaceful protesters outside the White House. How the Trump administration has scaled back efforts to reform police departments. And one young woman says “Let it burn” after her family’s business gets caught up in the destruction.
Tensions between President Trump and big tech reach a boiling point. Asian American health-care workers are fighting racism as well as the coronavirus. And, how air travel has changed during the pandemic.
Beijing signals the end of Hong Kong's “one country, two systems” framework. How the new Christopher Nolan movie became a test case for the summer movie season. And, a bus driver on the front lines in New York City.
Trump dismissed the State Department’s inspector general and replaced him with a loyalist. The president’s pattern of firings and why it’s important. Plus, an investigation into the pandemic-time deliveries of alcoholic beverages.
In 1923, a white mob burned down the small mill town of Rosewood, Fla., killing at least six people and driving out black residents. After survivors won reparations from the state, Rosewood descendants are left with a complicated legacy.
As some states begin to reopen, people returning to work face tough decisions. An ousted U.S. health official testifies that 2020 may be “the darkest winter in modern history.” And, what author Mary Beard is reading.
The truth about Project Airbridge, a White House program set up to deliver badly needed personal protective equipment. The long road to recovery for restaurants. And, bartering in the time of the coronavirus.
Advice for managing your money, from personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary. What happens when people are too scared to seek medical care. And what we wear when we’re stuck at home — and what it says about us.
Michael Scherer describes how candidates have rewritten their campaign playbooks during the pandemic. Jessica Contrera asks how we weigh risk. And Emily Heil on the anxiety-filled hellscape that is the grocery store.
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.
The Louis Armstrong Museum is finding a new life online during the coronavirus pandemic -- and just a warning, this segment contains explicit language. How one blues musician is changing his act under self isolation. And a new kind of rom-com.
With the CDC adding new symptoms to look out for this week, we asked a science reporter to catch us up on what scientists are learning about the coronavirus. Plus, schools feel the pressure to reopen, and North Korea’s leader is MIA.
How the Navy tried and failed to control a coronavirus outbreak -- and a crisis of confidence -- on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Plus, child psychiatrist Matthew Biel on how to talk to kids about the global pandemic.
Georgia will begin reopening businesses Friday, against the advice of experts and the White House. William Wan reports on what will likely happen next. For survivors of AIDS, an eerie deja vu. And, what Trump’s new immigration policy actually means.
On Earth Day, Sarah Kaplan asks how we can be better Earthlings. Seung Min Kim analyzes the new coronavirus response bill working its way through Congress. And Monica Hesse explains why we’re all having extra-weird dreams.
Juliet Eilperin explains the delays in widespread testing. Young people aren’t as vulnerable to the coronavirus, but the crisis is affirming their political beliefs, Hannah Knowles reports. And Michelle Lee on campaign fundraising in a pandemic.
Laura Reiley explains the kinks in the food supply chain leaving grocery shelves bare. Grocery workers share their well-founded fears with Abha Bhattarai. Erin Patrick O’Connor hears from sanitation workers on the pandemic’s front line.
Over the past few weeks, many people have said they feel like figures in an Edward Hopper painting. On this bonus episode of Post Reports, art critic Sebastian Smee has a reminder from Renoir and Manet that the good times will return.
Alaa Daghlas, a physician assistant at a Bronx hospital, grapples with her decision to return to work after recovering from covid-19. And Jon Gerberg reports from an ICU in Brooklyn scrambling to keep up with the influx of coronavirus patients.
Chris Mooney reports on the science of why some younger people are getting better, while others are dying of covid-19. Griff Witte reports on how parties and gatherings became clusters. And Annie Gowen on coronavirus deniers.
Martine Powers and Ishaan Tharoor explore the meaning of borders in a pandemic, and how coronavirus might change travel and migration in the future. And Mary Beth Sheridan walks us through public service announcements from around the world.
Heather Long on how opening up the economy will be less like flipping a switch and more like a slow rehabilitation. Drew Harwell on privacy concerns around Zoom. And author J. Courtney Sullivan on what she’s reading for comfort.
The president wants to reopen the U.S. economy, but experts say doing that safely requires widespread testing and contact tracing. Long lines strain the nation’s food banks. And how New Zealand didn’t just flatten the curve, but squashed it.
The stark disparities in how covid-19 affects black Americans, from Robert Samuels. How wearing a face mask in public is different for black men, from Tracy Jan. And navigating the politics of hair during a pandemic, from Jordan-Marie Smith.
Bernie Sanders ends his White House bid. The FDA has authorized widespread use of unproven drugs to treat coronavirus, saying the possible benefits outweigh the risks. And, remembering musician John Prine.
Wisconsin’s primary is threatening to become a worst-case scenario for elections amid a pandemic. Undocumented workers are often ‘essential’ — but also vulnerable. And an island that’s preparing for the worst.
Aaron Gregg on the realities of getting a small business loan under the stimulus plan. Nicole Dungca reports that the federal government lagged for months in helping local officials respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, the plight of tigers.
Older people can face serious health effects from being isolated — but it’s also what’s keeping them safe amid the pandemic. Advice on surviving isolation from a reporter who was held in isolation in Iran. And the scientifically proven power of love.
How Europe is weathering the crisis, from the U.K. to Hungary. The federal government’s internal debate over whether to tell all Americans to cover their faces in public. And the linen company that’s making medical masks.
A “disaster waiting to happen” in crowded prisons. The tension in a community that’s on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus but reluctant to shut down the economy. And how the virus is separating extended families.
White House economics reporter Jeff Stein explains how corporations are benefiting from the stimulus package. And Hannah Dreier on why “sheltering in place” isn’t really an option for people who are homeless.
School closures are a big deal for kids and parents, says education reporter Moriah Balingit. How the shift to online learning has exposed America’s deep digital divide from Tony Romm. And an audio diary of working from home with kids, from Alexis Diao.
Many Americans will receive a check during the pandemic –– but how much, and when? Heather Long explains the federal relief package. Emily Heil checks in with laid-off restaurant workers. And, Abha Bhattarai on those who can’t afford to stock up.
Cruise ships continued to sail as the coronavirus spread. Beth Reinhard explains why. Michael Scherer reports on the awkwardness of campaigning during a pandemic. And Simon Denyer on how Japan is handling covid-19.
Brady Dennis reports on the growing number of cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. Sarah Kaplan explains the science of why this virus is so dangerous. And, Rick Maese on the Tokyo Olympics, now postponed until 2021.
Shane Harris on what U.S. officials knew about the threat of the novel coronavirus, and when they knew it. Chris Mooney on why the virus is killing more men. And, Dan Zak reflects on our shifting sense of time and space during the pandemic.
William Wan on how the novel coronavirus will radically alter the United States. Maura Judkis on social distancing with roommates. Julie Zauzmer’s dispatch from churches deciding what’s more important: fellowship and prayer, or public health?
Phil Rucker on how Republicans are throwing out the political playbook by supporting a massive bailout for the economy. Chris Rowland on the search for a coronavirus treatment. And Min Joo Kim reports on how South Korea got testing right.
Jeff Stein explains Trump’s plan to bail out a nation hit hard by the coronavirus. Tony Romm on how Silicon Valley and the White House could use location data to fight the outbreak. And Julie Zauzmer on the people who say this isn’t the end of the world.
Lena Sun on what “social distancing” means and why it’s important. William Wan explains why it’ll probably take months — not weeks — for the coronavirus threat to subside. And Caroline Kitchener with tips on how to talk to friends about staying home.
Elise Viebeck explains how the coronavirus could impact the presidential election. Andrew Freedman on why the coronavirus won’t necessarily go away this summer. And how new health screenings at airports are playing out, from our own Madhulika Sikka.
Katie Zezima explains the new U.S. travel restrictions on travel to Europe. Peter Whoriskey and Abha Bhattarai report on how paid sick leave, or lack thereof, is exposing vulnerabilities in the U.S. And, Ben Golliver on the NBA’s suspended season.
The WHO declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. William Wan says the virus is sparing kids — and understanding why could be key to finding a treatment. Aaron Blake on Biden’s “Big Tuesday” wins. And Robert Samuels on the reflections of a Bernie Bro.
Chico Harlan with a dispatch from Italy under a country-wide lockdown. Heather Long answers your questions about the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the markets. And, Ben Guarino on the audacious efforts to reforest the planet to fight climate change.
Toluse Olorunnipa on how the coronavirus is testing President Trump’s leadership. Susannah George and Missy Ryan on how Afghanistan’s instability could affect peace talks. And remembering an English village that self-quarantined during the plague.
Political reporter Dan Balz on the ebb and flow of the two political parties and how much power they actually have. And Jada Yuan on whether celebrity endorsements make a difference for presidential candidates.
Annie Linskey and Amber Phillips on the end of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. Aaron Blake explains why you should care about a dust-up over the independence of the Supreme Court. And, a portrait of a portrait, from Sebastian Smee.
Health reporters Lena H. Sun and Lenny Bernstein answer your questions about coronavirus. Marian Liu talks about the discrimination Asian Americans have experienced since the start of the outbreak. And Week 4 of being quarantined with your in-laws.
Eugene Scott describes the impact young voters may have on the presidential election. Drew Harwell on the psychological toll of Web-connected cameras. And Dan Keating explains whether stop-and-frisk actually lowered the crime rate in New York City.
Abha Bhattarai unpacks Walmart’s “Great Workplace” program, and why it means layoffs for workers. Samantha Schmidt on the “radical feminists” working against trans rights. And Shibani Mahtani explains how China’s ambitions are choking the Mekong River.
Matt Viser and Lenny Bernstein on the oldest field of presidential candidates, and the new norm around releasing health records. Tracy Jan on James Clyburn’s idea for reparations. And Monica Hesse on Harvey Weinstein’s guilty verdict.
Joanna Slater on President Trump’s visit to India. Fenit Nirappil asks why D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser supports Michael Bloomberg. And NASA mourns the death of Katherine Johnson, a “hidden figure” during the space race.