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    Your pay raise? No match for inflation.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 21:24

    How inflation is wiping out pay raises. Plus, how Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's mask mandate ban has plunged Virginia's public schools into chaos. Read more:After years of barely budging, wage growth is finally at its highest level in decades. Workers have more negotiating power than many ever imagined, and average hourly wages rose 4.7 percent last year. But, as economics correspondent Abha Bhattarai explains, the same strong recovery that is emboldening workers is also driving up inflation, leaving most Americans with less spending power than they had a year ago.Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) banned mask mandates in public schools recently. Now, school districts are suing in the name of science. National education writer Laura Meckler says this is not an isolated incident. Many states are dealing with a fight to either support mask mandates or parents' rights.

    A war in the heart of Europe?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 24:56

    Today on Post Reports we ask our Moscow correspondent: Is Russia preparing to invade Ukraine? Plus, 5G wireless service was turned on nationwide last week. We'll talk about why that caused problems for air travel.Read more:On Monday, tensions over Ukraine and Russia continued to escalate amid growing fears that more than 100,000 Russian troops massed near Ukraine might soon invade. Isabelle Khurshudyan reports from Kyiv. 5G service was rolled out nationwide last week, and while it promises faster wireless to a lot of people, it's also raising concerns for airlines and airports. Lori Aratani reports.

    Inside an overwhelmed emergency room

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 35:01

    A Rhode Island emergency department provides a window into how front-line health-care workers are coping with the latest covid surge. And a conversation about how André Leon Talley embodied the heart of the fashion world.Read more:Laura Forman, Kent Hospital's emergency department director, says that her days dealing with a deluge of covid patients involves a lot of “best bad options.” Reporters Joyce Koh and Lenny Bernstein reported from Rhode Island, where overwhelmed emergency staff have been forced to see patients in their cars. Forman says her staff are burning out – and the conditions are the worst she's seen in her 26-year career. Fashion icon André Leon Talley died this week at the age of 73. Talley was the former creative director of American Vogue, the first and only black person to hold that position. Senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan interviewed Talley many times over the years – and they were also friends. “He had an incredible capacity for generosity. And it came through in a way that was just as grand as his personality,” Givhan says.

    You get a test! And you get a test!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 22:58

    Today on Post Reports, the government's rollout of free rapid coronavirus tests in the United States. And later in the show, how China's “zero covid” policy could affect the Winter Olympics. Read more:This week, the Biden administration launched a website where Americans can order free rapid coronavirus tests. Each household is eligible for four tests, which are sent via mail to your residence. Reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb explains the importance — limitations of rapid tests. You can order your four free tests here.As some countries become more lenient in their pandemic restrictions, others are doubling down. China's zero-tolerance policy means some cities are still going through lockdowns in hopes of quashing any possible spread of the virus. Eva Dou reports on what this means for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.

    Will Democrats flunk their midterm?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 28:01

    As midterm elections loom, Democrats scramble to hold on to their slim majority. Plus, what a redistricting debacle in Ohio tells us about the map-drawing process happening in states across the country.Read more:For Democrats in swing districts, the midterm elections are looming large. These “front-liners” especially need something to show for their two years in the majority come November. As Marianna Sotomayor reports, some of them are advocating a new strategy on the stalled Build Back Better spending bill — breaking off popular measures, such as extending the child tax credit and curbing prescription drug costs, and abandoning the big, sweeping package.Based on the results of the 2020 Census, states are drawing up new maps that could dramatically affect how midterm elections go in the fall. One of the states going through this process right now is Ohio, where last week the state Supreme Court rejected a pair of proposed state legislative redistricting maps, saying they were gerrymandered favoring Republicans. Chief national politics correspondent Dan Balz tells us about the rules and processes in place to stop gerrymandering in Ohio, and why they've failed –– for now.

    A synagogue held hostage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 20:41

    What we know about the 11-hour hostage crisis at a Texas synagogue. Plus, Australia sends tennis champion Novak Djokovic home because of his refusal to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Read more:On Saturday night, a gunman held four people hostage for more than 10 hours at a synagogue in Colleyville, Tex. The standoff ended with an FBI raid. The suspect has been confirmed dead, though Colleyville police would not say whether he had been killed by law enforcement or himself.“The tragedy here is that a house of worship should be a place that people go to without a thought, that it is just simply assumed to be a safe and welcoming place,” says senior editor Marc Fisher. “But of course, in much of the world, synagogues are places that are very much targets.”Meanwhile, tennis star Novak Djokovic left Australia on Sunday after losing his legal challenge to compete in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against the coronavirus. Reporter Liz Clarke on how the decision to send Djokovic home over his vaccination status could set precedent for future tournaments.

    The first-ever list of enslavers in Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 16:28

    More than 1,700 congressmen once enslaved Black people. On today's episode of “Post Reports,” the first database of those slaveholding congressmen. And how those politicians shaped the nation. Read more:For the first seven decades of its existence, Congress returned again and again to one acrimonious topic: slavery. Many of the lawmakers arguing in Washington were enslavers themselves. But until recently, the world didn't know how many. Last week, The Post published the first-ever list of every slaveholding member of the U.S. Congress. More than 1,700 of them were elected to Congress over a period of well over a century. To create the database, reporter Julie Zauzmer Weil combed through 18th- and 19th-century census records and other documents, including wills, journal articles and plantation records. And while she says that the work is not yet complete, it's still useful, and powerful.“You can look at a lot of issues through this prism of where we started as a country, and where the people who held power were so often the same people who held slaves,” Julie said. “And what does that mean for us now?”

    The president wants voting reform. Can he get it?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 25:50

    President Biden says passing voting rights legislation is a top priority for his administration. But a couple of senators have the power to keep that from happening. And, an unlikely casualty of our supply chain blues.Read more:In Atlanta this week, President Biden pushed for the passage of two voting rights bills facing the Senate. But any meaningful change on voting reform would mean changing Senate rules on the filibuster. And two Democratic senators are holding out: Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.On The Post's politics podcast “Can He Do That?” national political reporter Cleve Wootson talks with host Allison Michaels about the state of voting legislation and the filibuster.And, the pandemic claims an unlikely victim: the color blue. Reporter Kelsey Ables explains how breakdowns in the supply chain have led to a shortage of pigments like ultramarine blue and what it could mean for how we see and record the world now.

    Why everything is so expensive right now

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 19:22

    Inflation has hit a 40-year high in the U.S., driving up the cost of everything from groceries to housing. As the Fed prepares to raise interest rates, here's what to watch out for.Read more:In December, inflation hit a staggering 7 percent. That's far above the Federal Reserve's target, and Chair Jerome H. Powell says action is needed to keep the economy from sliding into a recession. Economics reporter Rachel Siegel breaks down the impact of record inflation and what the Fed plans to do about it.Interest rates have hovered near zero since the start of the pandemic, but now the Fed is looking at a series of raises over the next few months. Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains what that means for borrowers.

    Empty shelves, fewer babies: How the pandemic is leading to less

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 25:12

    Today on Post Reports: Why you're seeing empty shelves at the grocery store — again. Plus, the sharp decline in the U.S. birthrate nine months after the pandemic began.Read more:A lot of people have been getting “March 2020 vibes” at the grocery store lately: Empty shelves, basic necessities missing and big price increases on certain foods. Reporter Laura Reiley explains there are several factors at play, including the omicron surge, supply chain woes and winter weather.“Uncertainty is not good for fertility.” That's what demographics reporter Tara Bahrampour heard from Phillip Levine, a professor of economics at Wellesley College and co-author of a recent report on the “baby bust” nine months after the pandemic began. That's also what she heard from people about their decisions to delay or reconsider having a child. We talk about the many reasons for this trend, from the logistical to the philosophical.

    Omicron is breaking records – and our health-care system

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 22:30

    Today the United States broke the record for covid hospitalizations. We talk about what overwhelmed hospitals mean for health-care workers and patients. Plus, a story about the power of reclaiming a name. Read more:The United States today broke a record with more than 145,000 people sick with covid-19 in hospitals. Health reporter Dan Diamond explains what that means for health-care workers on the front lines, and for those of us who depend upon them.Plus, editor Marian Chia-Ming Liu on why she started using her full name after a wave of anti-Asian violence. If you've ever struggled with your own name or felt pressure to Anglicize it, we want to hear from you. Go to wapo.st/telllusaboutyourname.

    The push to keep schools open

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 35:43

    Today, we look at the toll of remote learning on kids. We'll dive into what's happening in school systems across the country during the omicron variant surge — and how the scars of remote school linger, even for kids who are learning in person again. Read more:Reporter Laura Meckler talks with producer Bishop Sand about how a San Francisco school's return to in-person learning revealed the toll virtual school took on students during the pandemic. Plus, an update on how schools across the country are operating — or trying to — amid the omicron surge.

    Four Hours of Insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 58:19

    As we reflect on the anniversary of Jan. 6, we wanted to share an episode from last year. We reconstructed the riot inside the U.S. Capitol — hearing from the lawmakers, journalists and law enforcement officials who were there, and answering lingering questions about how things went so wrong.

    Jamie Raskin's year of grief and purpose

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 45:34

    On Jan. 5, 2021, Rep. Jamie Raskin buried his only son. The next day he witnessed firsthand the attack on the Capitol. As we mark a year since the insurrection, we look at how Raskin dealt with his son's death while serving on democracy's front lines. Read more:A warning to listeners: This episode deals with suicide. If you or someone you know needs help now, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. You can also reach a crisis counselor by texting HOME to 741-741.A year ago this week, as Congress convened to certify the results of the presidential election, a mob breached the U.S. Capitol, attacked police and threatened lawmakers.Later that night, Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) emerged as one of the day's most forceful voices, condemning President Donald Trump and his supporters and speaking of his own unthinkable loss. He had recently lost his only son to suicide and had buried him just the day before.As we mark a year since the Jan. 6 Insurrection, we talk to Washington Post features writer Caitlin Gibson about how Raskin dealt with his son's death while serving on democracy's front lines — and, in a year filled with trauma and grief, about why his story has resonated so deeply with so many.Raskin's memoir was published this week. It's called “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy.”Caitlin Gibson's profile of Raskin first appeared in The Washington Post Magazine.

    The scars of January 6th

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 40:38

    A year out from the attempted insurrection of the Capitol, we consider the state of American democracy — what's changed, what hasn't changed and what will never be the same. Read more:One year ago today, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, set on overturning the results of the 2020 election. Since then, the basic facts of the insurrection have been in contention and democracy itself has remained under siege. On today's episode of Post Reports, politics reporters Dan Balz, Roz Helderman and Amy Gardner join guest host Cleve Wootson to discuss how the spirit of the insurrection has seeped into America's bloodstream.To hear more about what it was like inside and around the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, check out our award-winning episode, “Four hours of insurrection.” The episode includes interviews with Capitol Police officers, politicians and Post reporters who were at the Capitol that day. And hear investigative reporter Aaron Davis describe what law enforcement entities knew before the insurrection took place and why they failed to protect the Capitol that day. This story was part of The Post's landmark Jan. 6 investigation, “The Attack.”

    The pivotal and petty battle for QAnon's future

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 29:05

    An update on what the Jan. 6 commission has learned so far. And how the pro-Trump Internet descended into infighting in the year since the attempted insurrection. Read more:Reporter Jacqueline Alemany has been following the Jan. 6 commission for the past six months. As we come up on the first anniversary of the attack on the Capitol, Alemany reports on what the commission has uncovered so far and what she's watching out for next.Plus: The far-right firebrands and conspiracy theorists of the pro-Trump Internet have a new enemy: each other. Without a figurehead, far-right influencers are fighting for money and followers. Reporter Drew Harwell explains the reality-television-style drama, and what it means for the future of online extremism.

    A ‘pandemic on fast forward'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 20:27

    Omicron has coronavirus cases surging across the country. What's the outlook for this highly transmissible variant?Read more:The highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus has taken over as the dominant strain in the United States. Now, post-holidays, virus cases are surging, with about 500,000 per day in the United States. Americans are struggling with breakthrough infections, strained hospital systems and the uncertainty of what might come next. Reporter Dan Diamond discusses what you need to know about the omicron variant and what it could tell us about how the pandemic might end.

    What is a tree worth?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 19:09

    The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is home to some of the oldest trees in the country. For decades, they were felled indiscriminately for lumber. Will the remaining trees be protected?Read more:Old-growth trees are at the heart of a political debate on logging and climate change. That's because they hold a disproportionate amount of carbon in their trunks. If they're cut down, most of that carbon escapes into the atmosphere, where it contributes to global warming. But they're also worth thousands of dollars as lumber.Post climate editor Juliet Eilperin traveled to Alaska to learn about the forests firsthand, and to speak with some of the people who have built their lives around logging.

    One last look at 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 28:12

    A farewell to 2021 from us here at Post Reports and the photojournalists who witnessed the year's biggest stories.Read more:The Washington Post photography editors combed through thousands of images to find the most memorable from 2021. Accompanying the photos this year are interviews with the photojournalists who took them. The team at Post Reports felt inspired by the interviews and images to look back on the past year.The images of 2021 tell a complex yet dramatic story. It was a year of the angry and the rebellious scaling walls, tearing down barriers, rising up to reverse reality. But it was also a year of carefully considered verdicts and hurriedly ended war, of mass migration and candlelight vigils, a year when millions of people decided to take a shot, venture forth and return to life, together.There was, perhaps above all, the terror of lethal disease, a second year of a pandemic that unraveled the fabric of daily life and managed to set people against each other in ways that defied reason. The usual questions born of insecurity — Will we be okay? How can we help each other? — were joined by new uncertainties: Is this real? What should I believe? Why don't people around me believe what I see is true?If you valued the journalism on this podcast and in this newspaper this year, subscribe to The Washington Post. Right now you can get the best deal we've ever offered on a subscription to The Washington Post – a year for just $9.99. Go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe.

    Hasan Minhaj's diasporic comedy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 24:06

    Today on Post Reports, we talk to Hasan Minhaj about how he uses comedy to “make people's world bigger.” Read more:Hasan Minhaj has worked as a comedian for 17 years. You might know him from “The Daily Show,” the 2017 White House correspondents' dinner, or his Netflix show, “Patriot Act.” On today's episode of Post Reports, producer Linah Mohammad talks to Minhaj about representation in film and television, their relationship to Islam and what it means to be a diasporic voice in the comedy world.

    J. Smith-Cameron on ‘Succession'

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 20:41

    Today on “Post Reports,” we talk to one of the people who brought us joy during a dark year: the actor J. Smith-Cameron. We cover her role as Gerri on “Succession” and how it feels to become a sex symbol in her 60s. Read more:J. Smith-Cameron is having a moment. “Succession” Season 3 wrapped up recently – and one of the highlights for us was her character, Gerri Kellman, the calculating interim CEO of Waystar Royco. We talked to the actor about the show and what makes her character so fun to watch. Right now you can get the best deal we've ever offered on a subscription to The Washington Post – a year for just $9.99. Go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe.

    Alexa, can I have my name back?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 20:24

    Amazon's use of Alexa as a wake word for its voice assistant turned the name into a command, impacting daily interactions for people with the name – including The Washington Post's own Alexa Juliana Ard.Read more:Nearly 130,000 people in the United States have the name Alexa. It gained popularity after singer Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley named their daughter Alexa in 1985. In 2015, more than 6,000 baby girls in the United States were named Alexa, according to a Washington Post analysis of Social Security Administration data.After Amazon chose Alexa as the wake word of its voice service, the name's popularity plummeted. In 2020, only about 1,300 babies were given the name. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)Post video editor Alexa Juliana Ard reports on the impact of Amazon's choice on Alexas - including her. Watch Alexa's video about Alexa Jade Morales. She was named after her father, Alexis Morales Jr., who was murdered on Oct. 1, 1992, just three and a half months before she was born. When Amazon made the name Alexa a wake word for its voice service, she experienced people treating her like the bot.Right now you can get the best deal we've ever offered on a subscription to The Washington Post – a year for just $9.99. Go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe.

    The holidays are weird. Carolyn Hax is here to help.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 22:42

    The holidays are weird — this year especially. Today, Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax joins Martine Powers to answer your questions about navigating this tricky time of year.Read more:The holiday season can be complicated; throw in the spike in omicron cases, and this already stressful time of year just got even trickier. Enter: Carolyn Hax, The Post's brilliant advice columnist. Today on Post Reports, she's here to help our listeners and readers navigate the holidays. You can listen to our episode with Hax from earlier in the year about how to gather with family and friends safely here. Right now you can get the best deal we've ever offered on a subscription to The Washington Post – a year for just $9.99. Go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe.

    Dr. Wen's advice for the holidays

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 22:29

    Omicron is now the most prevalent variant of the coronavirus in the country. But public health expert and emergency physician Leana Wen says that with a three-pronged approach — testing, vaccines and masks — we can still celebrate the holidays.Read more:Once again, America is looking down the barrel of a winter surge of the coronavirus, thanks to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Houston Methodist Hospital, which has been sequencing genomes since the beginning of the pandemic, says that in a week, omicron spread as rapidly as the delta variant did in three months.But emergency physician Leana Wen says this isn't a time for despair: “Despite these staggering numbers, I don't think vaccinated people should have to cancel their plans for Christmas, New Year's Eve and other holidays.” Wen joined James Hohmann on his opinion podcast “Please, Go On” to talk about how we can use the tools we've developed to keep omicron at bay this holiday season.

    The promise of anti-covid pills

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 20:01

    How the approval of anti-covid pills from drug companies Pfizer and Merck could impact the course of the pandemic. And the life and legacy of feminist author bell hooks.Read more:On Tuesday, President Biden urged calm as coronavirus cases rise, and the omicron variant becomes dominant in the United States. He touted a plan for more readily available testing and more resources for strained hospitals nationwide. But on the horizon is another treatment against covid-19: antiviral pills. The pills are said to dramatically reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in vulnerable populations, and could be approved for use as early as this week. Health reporter Carolyn Y. Johnson explains what we know about the pills and what role they could play against the omicron variant.Plus, a remembrance of bell hooks. Hooks died last week at the age of 69. She was a Black feminist author and critic who had a wary eye even on Beyoncé. “Hood Feminist” author Mikki Kendall reads her remembrance of hooks.

    Omicron is everywhere. Here's what to do.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 27:38

    Seemingly overnight, the pandemic has changed — again. On today's Post Reports, everything you need to know about the omicron variant — and whether you should still plan to travel for the holidays.Read more:Over the weekend, health reporter Dan Diamond wrote a Facebook post that changed the way we're thinking about the omicron variant. “Every expert I've interviewed, including some of the nation's top health officials, has adjusted his or her mindset and now is mentally bracing to test positive after spending two years dodging this virus,” Dan wrote. Today on Post Reports, we tell you everything we can about the omicron surge – and we talk to health reporter Fenit Nirappil about whether and how to travel and gather safely for the holidays.

    Quitters, part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 16:35

    A record number of Americans quit their jobs this year. Today for our special series “Quitters,” economist Darrick Hamilton examines why that is — and why he thinks it might be a good thing.Read more:Many Americans have reconsidered their relationship with work this year.There's lots of reasons for that — an ongoing pandemic, stagnant wages and a severe labor shortage all made work harder.But Darrick Hamilton, a professor of economics and urban policy at the New School, says that workers also had more flexibility than ever before, thanks to government stimulus and expanded unemployment. And he wants us to reframe this not as a “Great Resignation” but as a moment of worker empowerment.Today on Post Reports, we're bringing you the third installment in “Quitters,” a three-part podcast series about a few of the millions of Americans who quit their jobs this year. Listen to part one and part two here.

    Quitters, part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 22:25

    What happens when an entire fast-food restaurant staff quits? Today for our special series on “Quitters,” the story of a McDonald's walkout, and what it can tell us about the labor market right now.Read more: In September, the entire staff of a McDonald's in Bradford, Pa., walked out and quit their jobs. One of the staff members left a parting note for the customers, written in blue highlighter because he couldn't find a pen: “Due to lack of pay, we all quit.”“The signs are…kind of like primal screams,” says reporter Greg Jaffe. “It's [the worker's] chance to convey a message: We're being mistreated. We're tired of it. This corporation treats us badly, and doesn't care about us.”Today on Post Reports, we're bringing you the second installment in “Quitters,” a three-part podcast series about a few of the millions of Americans who quit their jobs this year. Jaffe takes us inside the fast-food workers' season of rebellion.You can listen to the first part of the series here.

    Quitters, part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 33:58

    2021 was a big year for quitting. Millions of Americans resigned. For the first episode in our series on “quitters,” we go to a restaurant in Arkansas where nearly every employee – and the owners – found themselves reassessing their work, and their lives.Read more:This year, millions of Americans quit their jobs in the “Great Resignation.” Over the next three days on “Post Reports,” we're talking to some of the “quitters” and exploring why so many people are reassessing the role of work in their lives right now. On today's show, economics correspondent Heather Long and “Post Reports” Executive Producer Maggie Penman head to Arkansas to tell the story of a family-run restaurant. And they report on how the stressors of covid, the pressures of running a small business and the hope for better, more-balanced lives led to a great resignation of sorts.

    In Chicago, a test case for Biden's EPA

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 26:26

    How the fight in Chicago over a proposed scrap metal facility became a test case for the Biden administration's approach to environmental justice. Read more:General Iron Industries is a Chicago-based scrap metal recycling company with a bad track record of pollution. When the company announced its intention to move from a wealthy, White neighborhood on Chicago's North Side to a working-class, Latino neighborhood on the city's Southeast Side last year, the plan set off alarm bells. This proposal — and its apparent approval from city officials and state environmental regulators — sparked a massive backlash from Southeast Side residents. They claimed discrimination and argued that their neighborhood was already overburdened by pollution. After a series of protests, a federal civil rights complaint and even a month-long hunger strike, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intervened in May. The opening of the facility has been temporarily paused, but more than seven months later, the conflict over whether the company will operate in that neighborhood is still unresolved.Environmental justice reporter Darryl Fears and senior producer Robin Amer delve into the high-stakes fight between residents and the company, and what the outcome might reveal about the lengths the Biden administration is willing to go to to protect communities of color that disproportionately bear the cost of pollution — something it has explicitly promised to do.

    The new ‘tornado alley'

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 17:50

    On the ground in Mayfield, Ky., after a string of tornadoes devastated the town, flattening buildings and leaving streets unrecognizable. The tornadoes tore through a 200-mile swath of land, and may be the sign of a lengthening tornado season. Read more: Late last week, a string of tornadoes ripped through the South and Midwest regions of the United States. Dozens have died, and thousands of structures have been destroyed. National breaking news reporter Kim Bellware takes us on the ground to the hard-hit town of Mayfield, Ky., where survivors are in shock. Plus, Capital Weather Gang contributor Jeffrey Halverson explains how unusual it is to see a tornado event this powerful during the winter months, and why it may be a sign of a changing weather patterns. Follow The Washington Post's live coverage of the tornado recovery efforts here.

    After a school shooting

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 20:07

    How the tight-knit community of Oxford, Mich., is healing after a mass shooting. Plus, remembering Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt.Read more:A 15-year-old opened fire at his Michigan high school on Nov. 30, killing four students and wounding seven others, police say. This is the deadliest episode of on-campus violence in almost three years. Reporter Kim Bellware and producer Rennie Svirnovskiy examine what it looks like for a town to start healing. The Post remembers Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt, who died this week after a sudden cardiac arrest. A beloved colleague and friend, Hiatt worked for The Post's editorial pages for 21 years. He is survived by his wife of 37 years and his three children. You can also listen to the tributes for Hiatt on the Post's Opinions podcast “Please, Go On.”

    When is it self-defense?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 28:22

    What self-defense means in a country deeply divided over gun rights and race. And a story that shows the stakes of disappearing local news – about an Alaska community where climate change is costing them their school. Read more:After the high-profile trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery – we wanted to unpack the legal questions with Post columnist and Georgetown law professor Paul Butler and talk about what self-defense looks like in a country with gun rights, stand-your-ground laws and deep racial divides. In a remote town in western Alaska, climate change has become a daily reality: Thanks to erosion, the community's only school sits just feet from a crumbling riverbank. But the state won't pay to replace it until it falls in. Greg Kim reports from Alaska's radio station KYUK as part of a Washington Post project on vital stories out of America's news deserts.

    Biden ended “Remain in Mexico.” Now it's back.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 28:15

    Earlier this year, Joe Biden ended the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy — but a court has now reinstated it. Today, what that means for asylum seekers, who are forced to wait in Mexico for their immigration proceedings. Read more:Today on Post Reports, we revisit Nancy, a woman we followed as she fled gang violence in El Salvador and ended up stuck in a border camp in Matamoros, Mexico. Nancy's story shows how this program affects asylum seekers left in limbo on the U.S. southern border.

    Russian troops on Ukraine's border

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 24:05

    The limitations of American diplomacy — at the border between Russia and Ukraine, and at the Olympics in Beijing.Read more:According to U.S. intelligence and The Post's reporting, Russia is planning to move up to 175,000 troops to its border with Ukraine — plans that have the international community concerned. On a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, President Biden threatened economic sanctions and other measures if the Kremlin were to escalate the situation and invade Ukraine. Shane Harris reports on Putin's plans, and on how difficult it is to deter a country like Russia.Plus, the United States' diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics. Rick Maese reports on the pointed snub in protest of China's human rights abuses.

    The trial of Elizabeth Holmes

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 17:03

    The trial of Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos founder and CEO. Read more:Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of the medical technology start-up Theranos, is on trial for 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Tech reporter Rachel Lerman has been covering Holmes's trial for about three months now. Lerman dives into what we've learned about the Theranos founder from her extraordinary moments on the stand – and what that tells us about the “fake it ‘til you make it” culture of start-ups in Silicon Valley.Do you think you're experiencing long-haul covid symptoms? Share your experience with The Post. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the question of how some may have to live and reckon with long-haul covid, or lingering symptoms after having had covid-19, remains open. Help The Post understand what it's like to experience long-haul covid symptoms and how they affect your everyday life. A reporter may follow up with you.

    Mold at Howard U., and an omicron update

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 27:04

    Why dozens of students at Howard University spent part of their fall semester living in tents. And, omicron comes to the United States.Read more:Mold, mice, water damage and no WiFi. Those have been some of the conditions in Howard University's housing units in Washington. This fall, the conditions led to protests that lasted more than 30 days. Some students even slept in tents on the historically Black university's campus. But such conditions aren't new. For years, students and graduates have complained about building conditions at a school that's often called “the Mecca.”Many students blamed university president Wayne A.I. Frederick. But some students say Corvias, a private company that manages 60 percent of the housing on Howard's campus, is the real culprit. Schools often hire companies to handle dining halls and custodial services because they don't get enough funding from federal, state and local governments. Education reporter Lauren Lumpkin and producer Jordan-Marie Smith report on the relationship between universities and the private companies managing their housing — and the students who say those relationships need to end.Plus later in the show, national health reporter Dan Diamond explains what President Biden's administration plans to do about the omicron variant of the coronavirus.If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. We have a deal for our listeners — one year of unlimited access to everything The Post publishes for just $29. To sign up, go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe.

    Twitter verifies a new CEO

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 22:24

    What Jack Dorsey's departure from Twitter means for Silicon Valley, the platform and its dedicated users. And how the new CEO, Parag Agrawal, could change the direction of the company. Read more:In a casually written tweet Monday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that he would be stepping down from his position. As the company's co-founder, he's been a Silicon Valley icon for 15 years, and he leaves behind a complicated legacy. Tech reporter Will Oremus says that his departure is shrouded in mystery and that the resignation letter he posted to Twitter did not explain whether he was voluntarily leaving the company or was ousted by investors. Dorsey's replacement is Parag Agrawal, the company's former chief technology officer. While he's well-liked by staff, he was an unexpected pick to head one of Silicon Valley's most fraught and politically embroiled social media companies — and it's up in the air whether his limited experience will limit his ability to navigate important and thorny questions around content moderation.

    ICE's deportation ‘force-multiplier': Local sheriffs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 24:30

    Today on Post Reports, a deep examination of the sheriffs involved in the controversial 287(g) program. Plus, how the new republic of Barbados signals a changing tide for the British crown.Read more:Investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper has been looking into the expansion of a controversial program called 287(g) that allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to recruit sheriffs as partners to question and detain undocumented immigrants.“What I found most surprising is that some of the sheriffs empowered by the federal government with enforcement authority, the power to investigate and detain undocumented immigrants, had made very public statements — some might call them bombastic statements — about their views on immigration policy,” Cenziper said. Later on the show, we'll talk about Barbados officially removing Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and inaugurating its first president — and bestowing Rihanna as a “national hero.” As Jennifer Hassan reports, the importance of Barbados transitioning to a republic goes beyond one country and reflects a growing debate over why the British monarchy still exists.

    A new vision to overturn Roe v. Wade

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 20:49

    It's a critical week for abortion rights in the United States. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could roll back the protections of Roe v. Wade. But the arguments to gut Roe are coming from the surprising lens of women's empowerment.Read more:Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization goes before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The caseputs Mississippi's 15-week ban on abortions to the test, and it could be the case that defines abortion rights for generations. When The Lily reporter Caroline Kitchener first read a brief in Dobbs written by the attorney general of Mississippi, Lynn Fitch, she found an argument against abortion that she hadn't heard before. Fitch was urging the court to use the Dobbs case to gut Roe v. Wade because restricting abortion access, Fitch said, empowers women. Kitchener reports on the landmark case before the court, and examines the pitch advocates like Fitch are making with their antiabortion arguments — and why some people aren't buying it.On Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, The Washington Post is hosting a live Twitter Space conversation about the omicron coronavirus variant. Join Martine Powers, physician Leana Wen, and Post health reporters to hear the latest on what scientists have learned about omicron. Set a reminder to join the Twitter Space here.If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. Right now you can get a subscription to The Post for just 99 cents every four weeks, and you can give a full year as a gift for just $9.99. Go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe. It's the best deal we've ever offered, and it ends today.

    *Omicron has entered the chat.*

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 24:49

    Omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus, could be the next big hurdle in beating the pandemic. Today on Post Reports, what we know so far, and why you shouldn't panic just yet.Read more:Last week, a new coronavirus variant was detected in southern Africa. Since then, public health officials and government leaders have been trying to figure out what's next. Some countries have reinstated travel bans, while others are urging people not to panic.While as of Monday there were no known cases in the United States, President Biden said that “sooner or later we're going to see cases of this new variant here.”Reporter Dan Diamond explains what we know about the omicron variant and why you should proceed with caution but not panic. We also talk about what this new variant reveals about tensions between countries where vaccines are widely available and those where they're not. If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. Right now you can get a subscription to The Post for just 99 cents every four weeks! And you can give a full year as a gift for just $9.99. Go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe. It's the best deal we've ever offered and it's happening only for a couple more days.

    The myth of Thanksgiving

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 21:21

    This year marks the 400th anniversary of the “first Thanksgiving” between English pilgrims and Wampanoags in Massachusetts. But historians say the true story of what happened bears little resemblance to the myth that many Americans learn in grade school.Read more:In 1621, some pilgrims and some Wampanoags shared a feast. It wasn't the first meeting between the two groups and it wouldn't be the last, but for many reasons — including the American Civil War — the anniversary of that meal took on both an outsized importance and a whitewashed simplicity.This year, in honor of the 400th anniversary of that meal, Post reporter Dana Hedgpeth wanted to hear the Wampanoags' side of the story.

    A family confronts White privilege

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 13:04

    In the final installment of our series Teens in America, what it sounds like for the family of one 17-year-old to confront White privilege and racism.Read more:With Thanksgiving coming up this week, a lot of us might be feeling anxious about seeing relatives we may not have seen in a while, especially if we don't always see eye to eye with them. We might be bracing for some awkward conversations or even some intense debates around politics or what we've been seeing on the news.Iris Santalucia can relate to that. In the final installment of our series Teens in America, we listen in as the 17-year-old New York City native has a tough conversation with her parents about the role White privilege plays in their family. Iris's mother is White. Her father is Latino and has often felt targeted by police because of his race. Although her mother says she knows people of color are sometimes profiled, she doesn't believe her husband is among them. Iris sees White privilege as one element in her parents' dynamic and confronts her mother about it on tape. This series is produced in collaboration with YR Media, a nonprofit media, music and technology incubator. For more stories in this series, visit wapo.st/teens. If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. Right now you can get a subscription to The Post for just 99 cents every four weeks. And you can give a full year as a gift for just $9.99. Go to www.washingtonpost.com/subscribe. It's the best deal we've ever offered and it's only happening for a few days.

    Fauci's advice for America

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 26:14

    Today on “Post Reports,” a conversation with Anthony S. Fauci: We cover why you should get a booster, how you can gather safely with family over the holidays, and how Fauci feels about having his job — and science — politicized. Read more:Anthony S. Fauci has become a familiar voice for many Americans during the pandemic. As a high-profile member of the White House coronavirus task force and the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he led the country through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and continues to guide the U.S. response. Ahead of the holidays, we spoke to Fauci about how to gather with friends and family safely. “If people are vaccinated, then they should feel good and safe about enjoying, in their own homes, a typical Thanksgiving meal,” Fauci said. However, Fauci does recommend a level of caution, especially if you're going out or gathering with family and friends who might be unvaccinated. We also spoke to Fauci about the toll that it's taken on him to be a public figure at a time when science and public health are increasingly politicized. “What kind of society [is it] in which you have a public servant, who's not a political person, who the only thing he's saying is he wants people to get vaccinated [...] and for that his life gets threatened, his wife and his children get harassed and threatened?” Fauci said. “To me, it's an assault on me. But it is also an assault on science in general.”He cautioned that this assault on science is “very threatening to the foundation of our society.”Reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb has been covering a recent wave of death threats sent to Fauci. “Throughout the pandemic,” Abutaleb said, “we've seen public health officials resign at alarming rates because of the burnout and the hostility that's been directed toward them.” Fauci and his office have been swamped by so many angry messages and threats that in late October, his assistant quit answering the phone for two weeks. Just as he and the Biden administration were preparing for the campaign to vaccinate young children, our colleagues reported, he got 3,600 calls in 36 hours. “A lot of people just don't want to follow the public health guidelines that we've had to during this pandemic,” Abutaleb said.“They've been difficult. And I think they take out that anger and resentment out on the health officials who are telling them what they should do.”If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. Right now you can get a subscription to The Post for just 99-cents every four weeks. And you can give a full year as a gift for just 9-dollars and 99-cents. Go to www.washingtonpost.com/subscribe.

    Why a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 14:52

    Today a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts in last summer's shootings in Kenosha, Wis. We talk about the verdict, what it means and why this trial captivated the nation. Read more:After three and a half days of deliberation, jurors in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse have found the 18 year-old not guilty on all charges — including homicide and reckless endangerment. Rittenhouse fatally shot two people and shot and wounded a third during a protest against police conduct in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020. Rittenhouse, who is White and was 17 at the time of the shootings, said he was acting in self defense. National reporter Mark Berman says the prosecution and defense presented dramatically different narratives of the shootings. And Kim Bellware reports from outside the Kenosha courthouse, where a crowd is gathering in support of the family members of the people shot by Rittenhouse.Gun control groups and racial justice activists are calling the verdict a dangerous decision. The parents of Anthony Huber, one of the people fatally shot by Rittenhouse, said in a statement they are “heartbroken and angry” over the verdict. “We watched the trial closely, hoping it would bring us closure,” they said. “That did not happen.”Follow The Washington Post's live coverage of the Rittenhouse trial here. If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. Right now you can get a subscription to The Post for just $0.99 every four weeks. And you can give a full year as a gift for just $9.99.. Go to www.washingtonpost.com/subscribe. It's the best deal we've ever offered and it's only happening for a few days.

    How ‘Europe's last dictator' is weaponizing refugees

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 31:31

    How Belarus's president is weaponizing a refugee crisis to get back at the European Union. And, what it means to “pass” as White. Read more:Thousands of refugees are currently stuck in limbo on the border between Poland and Belarus, invited by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko when he announced that his state would no longer secure Belarus's border with the European Union. The invitation was his way of retaliating against sanctions that the E.U. has enacted against Belarus for a number of reasons. But the power play has created a refugee crisis at the border — one that threatens to grow deadlier as temperatures drop in the forests between Belarus and Poland, Loveday Morris reports. Later in the show, we continue our Teens in America series with a story from 17-year-old Ichtaca Lira. Ichtaca has always been certain of their identity as a person of color. But when people on social media told them that they looked White, it sent them down a path of self-exploration: What does it mean to “pass” as White? “Language has simply not evolved fast enough with the rate that these complex discussions about race are happening,” Ichtaca says. “We don't have enough words to describe people of color who also just don't feel like they fit into anything that's out there right now.”This series is produced in collaboration with YR Media, a nonprofit media, music and technology incubator. For more stories in this series, visit wapo.st/teens.

    What Sinema wants

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 21:42

    Sen. Joe Manchin gets all the attention. But Sen. Kyrsten Sinema could be an even bigger obstacle for Democrats' spending plans. Today on “Post Reports,” we ask what she wants and how she got here.Read more:Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) has been throwing a wrench in the plans of her own party. The Arizona lawmaker has stalled her votes on major legislative plans including raising the minimum wage and increasing drug prices. But her agenda isn't explicitly clear, and she's doing deals behind closed doors, angering her colleagues and her constituents.Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis reports on Sinema's political trajectory and what we can glean from it about what her motivations are.If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. We have a deal for our listeners - one year of unlimited access to everything the Post publishes for just $29. To sign up, go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe.

    3G is ending. Who will be left behind?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 27:01

    Why America's digital divide could soon get worse. And, what happens when extremist beliefs move from the fringe to the mainstream. Read more:When they were rolled out nearly two decades ago, 3G wireless networks served as the bedrock of an explosion in cell phones and connected devices. Now, they're being phased out by telecommunications companies that want to focus their money on their 4G and 5G networks. Cat Zakrzewski reports on the vulnerable Americans that could be left behind if the transition away from 3G networks isn't done carefully. And if you use a 3G device, here's what you need to know about the end of the 3G service. On Monday, Stephen K. Bannon – one of President Donald Trump's former advisers – walked into the FBI's field office in Washington and turned himself in. He'd been charged with two counts of contempt of Congress the week before, having refused to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. Hannah Allam reports on some of the other actors facing legal consequences for their involvement in the Capitol riot – and on how the ideologies that fueled the insurrection are finding new homes at school board and city council meetings.

    McConnell & Trump: It's complicated.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 23:51

    The intertwined legacies of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former President Donald Trump. And, what happens to a country when its borders are eroded by climate change. Read more: Mitch McConnell is the most powerful elected Republican in the country. But the most influential member of the GOP is arguably still former president Donald Trump. That dynamic has become the basis for a tense, awkward, sometimes pugilistic alliance between the two men -- one that could define the future of the Republican Party. In recorded telephone interviews with the politicians, reporter Michael Kranish examines a relationship fraying at the seams. As COP26 concludes, the sinking island nation of Tuvalu prompts the question: Are you still a country if you're underwater? William Booth reported from the U.N. climate summit. If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. We have a deal for our listeners -- one year of unlimited access to everything The Post publishes for just $29. To sign up, go to postreports.com/offer.

    The environmental cost of online shopping

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 23:41

    During the pandemic, online shopping has become more popular than ever. That's especially true as we head into the holidays. Today, we look at one community that says it's seeing the costs of that growth in its air quality. Read more:To meet the increased online shopping demand, companies like Target, Walmart and Amazon use big distribution centers — warehouses that store products and ship things to customers as fast as possible. (We should say here that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)These warehouses can take a toll, though — on Amazon workers, as The Post has reported, and on the community around them. Today on Post Reports, Kori Suzuki brings us to Fontana, Calif., where a fight over warehouses has consumed the city. If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. We have a deal for our listeners — one year of unlimited access to everything The Post publishes for just $29. To sign up, go to postreports.com/offer.

    Pandemic math: Retiring without Social Security

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 33:05

    The Americans who are retiring — but delaying claiming Social Security benefits. Plus, the next installment in our Teens in America series: a story about students taking on the job of educating their peers about race.Read more:For better-off Americans, the pandemic economy created some of the strongest incentives to retire in modern history, with generous federal stimulus, incredible market gains, skyrocketing home values and health concerns drawing many Americans into early retirement.The surprising twist? Many of these retirees also opted to put off claiming Social Security benefits, an exclusive Washington Post analysis shows. By delaying their benefits, these retirees can expect to collect higher monthly checks in the future, as economics reporter Andrew Van Dam explains.Later in the show, we continue our Teens in America series by hearing from 18-year-old Zoë Jenkins. Though she was a high-achieving student, her experience at school in Kentucky was clouded by racist incidents — plus, she wasn't really getting an education on race in her classrooms. So she decided to take matters into her own hands, and created a diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum for Gen Z, by Gen Z.“There are issues in the world that I feel like I can address,” Zoë said. “I feel like I should be doing that. And I think more teenagers feel like we have to do something. So many things are coming to a kind of a tipping point.”If you value the journalism you hear in this podcast, please subscribe to The Washington Post. We have a deal for our listeners: one year of unlimited access to everything The Post publishes for just $29. To sign up, go to washingtonpost.com/subscribe.

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