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One man’s fight to save the world’s tigers

Terrence McCoy on tiger farms in Laos. Chelsea Janes on the electability of 2020 candidates. Plus, Adrian Higgins on the man keeping orchids alive.
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Chasing down the tiger traders of Southeast Asia
The number of tigers in the wild has plunged in the last century. Meanwhile, their numbers in captivity have exploded to more than 12,500.

Over the course of the last year, reporter Terrence McCoy has been trying to find out how that happened. And that brought him to Laos, in search of 300 missing tigers, and one man who has made it his life’s mission to stop the illicit trade in tiger parts.

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What it means to be electable
To try to stand out in a crowded field of Democratic candidates, 2020 contenders are pointing to themselves as electable, and tailoring the term for their own purposes. Joe Biden casts himself as appealing to Midwestern voters, for example, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren frames the electability question in terms of gender.

Reporter Chelsea Janes says the dispute reflects a divide that has plagued the party since Hillary Clinton was defeated in 2016. “If you had outlined electable, it wasn't Donald Trump before 2016,” Janes says. Now, the Democratic Party is split on whether to double down on liberal values or try to win back swing voters who went for Trump.

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An orchid babysitter
The Washington Post’s gardening columnist Adrian Higgins meets the man trying to save orchids from their owners.

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About Post Reports

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.