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Trump braces for challenges to emergency declaration

24:22 | Feb 15th

Damian Paletta on the details of President Trump's emergency declaration. Anthony Faiola on the continuing political battle in Venezuela. Plus, Geoffrey A. Fowler on Marie Kondo-ing your digital life.

Can impeachment appear legitimate in a hyperpartisan universe?

22:02 | Feb 18th

Carlos Lozada on the legitimacy of impeachment in a partisan climate. Plus, columnist David Ignatius examines the state of U.S.-Saudi relations after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Why President Trump is declaring a national emergency

21:49 | Feb 14th

Josh Dawsey on Trump’s plans to avoid another shutdown but still declare a national emergency. Rosalind S. Helderman on how Paul Manafort lied to investigators. And what “I love you” means literally.

A smaller refund this year? That doesn’t mean your taxes went up.

31:02 | Feb 13th

Heather Long explains why your tax refund may be smaller this year. Lenny Bernstein on organ transplant oversight in the United States. And Sarah Kaplan with a sweet farewell to the Mars rover Opportunity.

There’s a deal to avert a government shutdown — but is Trump on board?

23:16 | Feb 12th

Josh Dawsey on whether we’re heading for another shutdown. Juliet Eilperin on how late-term abortions have become political. And a Post reader on what John Dingell’s death meant to him.

Loyal bulldog, furious fixer: The two Michael Cohens

27:47 | Feb 11th

Paul Schwartzman on the path that led Michael Cohen to Donald Trump. Lena Sun on the preventable measles outbreak in Washington state. And Anna Fifield on China’s “leftover women.”

Jeff Bezos takes on the National Enquirer

28:43 | Feb 8th

Marc Fisher on the evolution of Jeff Bezos’s tabloid scandal — and its potential political implications. Plus, Geoff Edgers on how Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. changed pop culture. And, Ellen McCarthy on the job that shaped Nancy Pelosi’s speakership.

Charges of racism and sexual assault upend Va. politics

25:24 | Feb 7th

Fenit Nirappil on the mounting scandals engulfing Virginia’s state government. Michael E. Miller on the diminishing threat of MS-13 to the nation. Plus, Kolin Pope on how to create an emoji.

Elizabeth Warren apologizes for Native American heritage claims

25:02 | Feb 6th

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to The Post’s Annie Linskey after her apology for claims of Native American heritage. Plus, Karen DeYoung on the Trump administration’s approach to peace in Afghanistan. And just how many pets do Americans have?

The selective investigation of North Carolina’s alleged voter fraud

26:42 | Feb 5th

Amy Gardner reports on how prosecutors deal with voter fraud in North Carolina. Vanessa Williams looks at the Democrat responding to Trump’s State of the Union address. Plus: Luisa Beck on a vanished communist era -- revived in nursing homes.

How Trump’s lifetime appointments are reshaping federal courts

21:06 | Feb 4th

President Trump installs a record number of appeals court judges, Ann Marimow reports. Shane Harris dissects the White House feud with its own intelligence agencies. Plus: Roxanne Roberts on how the “designated survivor” came to be.

For black boys who don’t want to play in the NFL

21:36 | Feb 1st

Today, Matt Viser on what separates Cory Booker from the 2020 pack. Former New England Patriot Martellus Bennett on looking beyond sports for black boys. And Peter Holley on the trouble with an e-scooter getaway.

How an assault victim sought justice when the system failed her

28:08 | Jan 31st

How one assault victim fought back against a successful D.C. chef. The tumultuous relationship between President Trump and Michael Bloomberg. And, what it feels like in the polar vortex.

What does Huawei have to do with the U.S.-China trade war?

19:40 | Jan 30th

Anna Fifield and Devlin Barrett break down how charges against the Chinese tech firm Huawei influence U.S. and Chinese relations. Plus, Aaron C. Davis on how some people who worked during the shutdown won’t be seeing a paycheck.

Why the polar vortex is really a symptom of global warming

21:03 | Jan 29th

Why record-breaking low temperatures aren’t evidence against global warming. Plus: Ian Shapira on former U.S. spies now in Congress and Nia Decaille on a rapper redefining black motherhood.

They only had each other. Then one became a mass shooter.

28:16 | Jan 28th

The brother of the confessed Parkland shooter wrestles with his responsibility to his only family member. After a Trump club fired about a dozen undocumented workers, they’re fighting back. And a love triangle that questions “in sickness and in healt...Show More

The shutdown is over — for now. What happens next?

16:42 | Jan 25th

As a 35-day partial government shutdown comes to a close, Paul Kane explains why President Trump finally gave in to pressure. And Rosalind S. Helderman spells out the significance of the latest indictment in the Russia probe.

A diplomatic crisis in Venezuela

21:26 | Jan 24th

Carol Morello on why Venezuela may be on the verge of a coup. Abby Ohlheiser on how the Mall standoff went viral. Plus, Angela Fritz on the privatization of weather forecasts.

Senate shutdown votes are ‘fundamentally designed not to pass’

20:01 | Jan 23rd

Seung Min Kim on stalled legislative efforts to end the seemingly never-ending shutdown. Moriah Balingit on the state of public school systems in light of the Los Angeles teachers’ strike. Plus, how international trade wars hit small-town America.

544 days in an Iranian prison

27:24 | Jan 22nd

The Washington Post’s columnist Jason Rezaian on his imprisonment in Iran. Eugene Scott on how Kamala Harris’s identity is shaping her presidential campaign. Plus, a postcard from a ghost town.

One civil rights icon is ‘trying to demystify the hero thing’

10:36 | Jan 21st

Six decades after Minnijean Brown became one of the Little Rock Nine, one of the first nine black students to desegregate a high school in Little Rock, Ark., she has a new mission: showing the world just how scared she was as it happened.

Who owns the Women’s March?

25:16 | Jan 18th

Kimberly Kindy on federal prison workers who aren’t getting enough support during the partial government shutdown. Marissa Lang on the tensions surrounding the Women’s March. Plus, the career troubles of R&B singer Chrisette Michele.

The Founding Fathers never planned for the Trump International Hotel

19:08 | Jan 17th

David Fahrenthold on a government watchdog report questioning the constitutionality of Trump’s D.C. hotel lease. William Booth on Britain's many attempts to leave the European Union. Plus, the history of the border wall.

Kirsten Gillibrand wants you to know her name

25:07 | Jan 16th

Jenna Johnson on the gradual policy shifts of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), newly announced presidential hopeful. Sudarsan Raghavan on the struggle to survive for many in Yemen. Plus, the sounds of healthy and unhealthy snow.

Does Beto O’Rourke have something to say?

26:18 | Jan 15th

Jenna Johnson talks to Beto O’Rourke after his bid for U.S. Senate. Matt Zapotosky on the confirmation hearing for an attorney general nominee. Plus, Drew Harwell on how his YouTube search for “RBG” yielded unexpected results.

Trump’s secrecy around Putin talks are ‘part of a much broader pattern’

20:03 | Jan 14th

Greg Miller on the president keeping notes from meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin to himself. Darryl Fears on an executive order that may thin millions of acres of forests. Plus, the hit musical “Hamilton” makes its way to Puerto Rico.

Why R. Kelly’s accusers were rarely heard — until now

20:45 | Jan 11th

Geoff Edgers dives into the history of sexual misconduct claims against R. Kelly. Tim Carman questions the value of his food column, the $20 Diner. And an unlikely advocate emerges for personal tech.

Border 101

22:35 | Jan 10th

As President Trump continues to press his case for a wall, Maria Sacchetti dispels misinformation about the U.S.-Mexico border. Plus, Nicolás Maduro begins his second term as president of Venezuela.

Meanwhile, in the Mueller investigation

20:15 | Jan 9th

While the shutdown drama continues, it’s been a big week in the special counsel investigation. Plus, the administration quietly considers a rollback of civil rights protections. Plus, a former Marine’s new mission: find his old hat.

No exit: Trump’s shutdown strategy

22:00 | Jan 8th

Reporter Robert Costa on what is happening the behind the scenes as the budget stalemate shows no sign of abating. Plus, Christopher Mooney on how a spike in carbon emissions couldn’t have come at a worse time.

To build border wall, Trump considers national emergency powers

21:43 | Jan 7th

President Trump is threatening to call a national emergency to build a border wall. Post reporter David Nakamura explains whether that’s possible, or even legal. Plus, tech reporter Geoffrey Fowler takes us on a ride with a self-driving car.

The confounding case of alleged spy Paul Whelan

22:37 | Jan 4th

Shane Harris tells the story about a former Marine being detained in Russia on suspicion of spying. Annie Linskey on how the “likability” question will affect female 2020 candidates. Plus, voices from the government shutdown.

New Congress, same old shutdown

22:05 | Jan 3rd

Seung Min Kim explains how Congress might tackle the shutdown. Colby Itkowitz on whether the new Congress is as diverse as it seems. Plus, Ian Shapira on history, heritage and hatred.

Dysfunction junction: Why we have a ‘do nothing’ Congress

27:34 | Jan 2nd

Paul Kane on why Congress can’t function. Drew Harwell explains the disturbing use of artificial intelligence to put real-life women’s faces in fake-porn videos. Plus, Sarah Kaplan on NASA making its most distant visit to an object in our solar syste...Show More

102 Americans on what unites us

18:39 | Jan 1st

Book critic Carlos Lozada declares his pick for the most memorable book of the last year. And Americans share what they believe unites our often-divided country.

Goodbye, 2018. Hello, 2020.

21:05 | Dec 31st, 2018

Annie Linskey tells us about Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren throwing her hat in the presidential ring. The Washington Post’s Style section selects what’s in and what’s out for 2019. Plus, the origin story of a pop classic.

After Mollie Tibbetts’s politicized death, an unlikely kindness

25:05 | Dec 28th, 2018

The death of Mollie Tibbetts became an immigration talking point, but reporter Terrence McCoy tells the unlikely story of immense kindness in the aftermath of a tragedy. Plus, Elizabeth Dwoskin on how to leave Facebook.

All aboard the market roller coaster

22:59 | Dec 27th, 2018

Heather Long breaks down the tumultuous markets. Julie Zauzmer shares her story on Jews being paid to move to Alabama. Plus, Tom Cruise and video interpolation.

The story behind a global e-scooter recall

22:24 | Dec 26th, 2018

Peter Holley investigates the dangers of e-scooters. Philip Rucker debriefs on the president’s surprise trip to Iraq over this tumultuous holiday. Plus, Chuck Culpepper revisits a Kentucky town haunted by a high school football loss from 25 years ago...Show More

A home for the holidays

08:39 | Dec 25th, 2018

This year, 10-year-old Kamiya Johnson will be home for the holidays. Post reporter Jessica Contrera says that Kamiya’s family was able to leave a D.C. shelter and find housing. Also, the history of gingerbread from Mary Beth Albright.

How Ben Carson is rolling back fair-housing enforcement

17:46 | Dec 24th, 2018

Tracy Jan reports on how Ben Carson’s HUD cut back on investigating housing discrimination. Lori Aratani explains why airplane bathrooms keep getting smaller. Plus, Geoffrey Fowler on the ever-rising costs of Apple products.

‘The sound and the fury’: Another week in the White House

24:20 | Dec 21st, 2018

As a shutdown nears, White House reporter Josh Dawsey recounts President Trump’s chaotic week. Senior editor Marc Fisher on the evolution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Plus, how a bat cave could help stop a deadly disease.

U.S. troops to leave Syria. Now what?

23:45 | Dec 20th, 2018

What it means for the U.S. to pull forces out of Syria. The fashion industry’s mixed messages to plus-size women. Plus, when Congress weighed a journey to the center of Earth.

How a ‘law and order’ party embraced prison reform

21:30 | Dec 19th, 2018

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill overhauling the federal prison system. What it takes to mend relationships between the police and communities. Plus, taking over holiday traditions.

Why President Trump is shutting down his charity

25:00 | Dec 18th, 2018

President Trump’s charity will shut down amid allegations that he used it for personal and political gain. In the second part of our Murder With Impunity series, the police perspective. And a retired school counselor has two and a half minutes of fam...Show More

Murder With Impunity: Surrounded by homicide

24:25 | Dec 17th, 2018

A New Orleans mother who lost three children in homicides now fears for her last. Plus, a new report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee details how the Russians sought to influence the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump.

When a 7-year-old dies on Border Patrol’s watch

19:37 | Dec 14th, 2018

A 7-year-old girl died after being taken into Border Patrol custody, reportedly from dehydration and exhaustion. Also, the U.S. responds to climate change at the U.N. summit. Plus, a homeless character on “Sesame Street” debuts.

Brexit: ‘The word you’re looking for is shambolic’

21:30 | Dec 13th, 2018

Now that Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote by her party, can she pull off Brexit? Also, what the new “Spider-Man” film means to an Afro-Latino critic. Plus, Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space.

Michael Cohen, sentenced Wednesday, says he's free from Trump

21:10 | Dec 12th, 2018

Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Google’s CEO visits the Post to discuss the tech giant’s future. Plus, why it’s maybe OK that First Lady Melania Trump doesn’t actually want to be the first lady.

Live from the Oval Office, it’s Tuesday afternoon!

22:17 | Dec 11th, 2018

President Trump faces off with Democratic lawmakers Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a nationally televised shouting match. How a flute player’s lawsuit illuminates the gender pay gap in America. Plus, 95 percent of the oldest Arctic ice has melted.

Who wants to be White House chief of staff?

23:01 | Dec 10th, 2018

Just as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation heats up, President Trump struggles to find a new chief of staff. Also, right-wing violence is up and left-wing attacks are down. Plus, this may be why your smart speaker can’t understand ...Show More

What one man’s death says about the asylum court system

21:21 | Dec 7th, 2018

Apple’s new heart-healthy tech might be better for the anxious and not the ailing. Also, a dead man’s children seek asylum in the same court that denied him.

Deal or no deal?: Theresa May’s Brexit standoff

20:35 | Dec 6th, 2018

A vote on Britain’s separation from the European Union, how veterans’ stay at Trump’s D.C. hotel (courtesy of Saudi Arabia) may have violated the Constitution, and a photojournalist reconnects with a subject gone viral.

The midterm election that's still not over

24:12 | Dec 5th, 2018

An investigation into possible election fraud in North Carolina, the dismantling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and one former president says goodbye to another — his dad.

Democrats set the stage (literally) for 2020

22:53 | Dec 4th, 2018

The Democratic National Committee struggles to find a big-enough stage for likely presidential candidates. Plus, the second and final installment of our series “An Affair. The Mob. A Murder.”

Prime Suspect, Part 1: An Affair. The Mob. A Murder.

21:50 | Dec 3rd, 2018

One September morning a Post reporter gets a call with new information about a murder she covered 30 years ago. Plus, how climate change became a partisan issue in the United States.

Introducing ‘Post Reports’

03:12 | Nov 28th, 2018

Here it is: the new daily podcast from the newsroom of The Washington Post. “Post Reports,” hosted by Martine Powers, will bring you all the reporting and insight you expect from The Post, but for your ears. Launching Dec. 3. Sign up now. Sound. Info...Show More