Post Reports

Why banning fringe users doesn't keep conspiracy theories off YouTube

Philip Kennicott envisions Notre Dame’s reconstruction. Abby Ohlheiser reports on the resurfacing of Internet conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. And Emily Yahr talks about the Backstreet Boys and their hit single “I Want It That Way.”
Listen for free

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.

In this episode

The rebuilding of Notre Dame
The world mourned the loss of an iconic cultural landmark on Monday after a powerful blaze burned through the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. But structures like Notre Dame were always works in progress, according to Post art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott, and the reconstruction efforts could reflect just another chapter in the building’s 800-year history.

On Post Reports, Kennicott imagines the rebuilding of Notre Dame and what it could mean for the people of France.

More on this topic:

The return of Alex Jones
It’s hard to squash conspiracy theorists on the Internet, especially if they’re named Alex Jones.

Sites such as YouTube and Twitter banned Jones, a man infamous for spreading false theories that mass shootings such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School never happened. But now Jones has made a comeback via one of social media’s most contentious millennial stars: Logan Paul. Abby Ohlheiser reports on why it’s so difficult to ban controversial figures from Internet platforms.

More on this topic:

Backstreet’s back
There’s another version of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” that is just awful. Case in point: The opening lyrics, rather than the memorable “You are my fire, my one desire,” say: “I’m yours completely. I feel so deeply.” It just doesn’t work.

On the 20th anniversary of the song’s release, Style reporter Emily Yahr talks to songwriter Andreas Carlsson and tells the story behind this truly terrible rendition of “I Want It That Way.”

More on this topic:

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.