George Floyd in High School

George Floyd has become a symbol, and a rallying cry. But what’s missing in our understanding is the man himself: a figure who was complicated, full of ambition, shaped by his family and his community and a century of forces around him.

On this episode of “Post Reports,” we explore the life and experiences of the man who sparked a movement, as part of The Washington Post’s series “George Floyd’s America.” The reporting explores the institutional and societal roadblocks Floyd encountered as a Black man from his birth in 1973 until his death, and the role systemic racism played throughout his life.

The series is based on a review of thousands of documents and more than 150 interviews with Floyd’s friends, colleagues, public officials and scholars.

The picture that emerges is one that underscores how systemic racism has calcified within many of America’s institutions, creating sharply disparate outcomes in housing, education, the economy, law enforcement and health care.

Post Reports is The Post's premier daily podcast, featuring unparalleled reporting, expert insight and clear analysis, every weekday afternoon.

This podcast was released in 2020 and has been updated for public radio broadcasts.


Martine Powers
Martine is the host of "Post Reports," the Post's flagship daily news podcast. She has worked at The Post since 2016, covering transportation and infrastructure, serving as interim host of The Post's "Can He Do That?" politics podcast, and also reporting, writing and hosting a narrative miniseries on midterm elections, "How to Flip the House."Before The Post, Powers worked at the Boston Globe and Politico, and spent a year as a Fulbright fellow in Trinidad & Tobago. Powers is also an audio producer and a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop for audio journalism.


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