Can He Do That?
“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring the powers and limitations of the American presidency, and what happens when they're tested. Led by host Allison Michaels, each episode asks a new question about this extraordinary moment in American history and answers with insight into how our government works, how to understand ongoing events, and the implications when branches of government collide.
Trump’s lame-duck agenda: Lessons from history and warnings for coronavirus
Thursday 19 November 2020
: Are Trump's major moves during a lame-duck period unprecedented? Professor Jeremi Suri offers an example from history with lessons for...
Does Trump’s refusal to concede put national security at risk?
Friday 13 November 2020
: Experts are concerned that the president's unwillingness to start a transition threatens our country’s safety by denying President-elect...
What do Trump’s legal threats actually accomplish?
Thursday 05 November 2020
: Election Day 2020 is behind us, but the presidential election is far from over.Because of increased vote-by-mail and early voting, vote...
Trump and the economy: The administration’s biggest victories also exacerbated our divides
Thursday 29 October 2020
: As a businessman, candidate Donald Trump said that he was the only person who could deliver major gains for U.S. workers. The stock market...
Trump and science: An erosion of our institutions, in public and behind the scenes
Wednesday 28 October 2020
: Through his administration’s efforts to weaken agencies, control the flow of information coming out of government and shutter scientific...
Trump and race: How the president’s rhetoric and policies divided us
Tuesday 27 October 2020
: President Trump has been surrounded by controversies over his rhetoric when it comes to race. Some hoped he would moderate his tone in...
How 2020 races across the country lay the groundwork for a president’s influence
Thursday 22 October 2020
: In the upcoming 2020 election, 35 U.S. Senate seats and 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs. Plus, 44 states...
The 2020 election is facing big challenges. Which ones matter most?
Thursday 15 October 2020
: The 2020 election and its lead-up have not exactly been your run-of-the-mill election season. American elections often face various...
A week after we learned of Trump’s covid-19 diagnosis, why don’t we know more?
Thursday 08 October 2020
: For months, President Trump avoided the novel coronavirus. He did this even without taking basic steps to prevent the virus’s spread, like...
What happens if Trump refuses to accept a loss?
Friday 02 October 2020
: President Trump is not exactly known for his adherence to Washington norms.And his ongoing rhetoric around perhaps the most significant norm...
How the Supreme Court became the most trusted branch, and how electoral politics might undo that
Thursday 24 September 2020
: The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, has created a vacancy on the bench. President Trump and the Republicans...
Is the federal government to blame for wildfires gone out of control?
Thursday 17 September 2020
: Reporter Seung Min Kim on how Trump’s refusal to acknowledge human-caused climate change affects the country’s wildfire management and...
The Justice Dept. intervenes on behalf of Trump in defamation case. What happens next?
Thursday 10 September 2020
: The Justice Department on Tuesday intervened in the defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says President Trump raped her years ago,...
Two different stories of American unrest
Thursday 03 September 2020
: Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha, Wis., police officer in late August.Since that shooting, Kenosha has been the...
Trump suggested sending law enforcement to the polls. Can he do that?
Thursday 27 August 2020
: Faith in the U.S. electoral system is one of the most important fundamentals of this country’s democracy.And this year, it’s being...
Postal problems persist. (But your mail-in ballot is probably safe.)
Thursday 20 August 2020
: President Trump’s rhetoric about the Postal Service has grown bolder. He’s said that if he stops the Democrats from providing emergency...
How an extraordinary election season affects Trump’s reelection chances
Thursday 13 August 2020
: Usually, in presidential election years of the past, August marks a new phase in election season. Conventions wrap up, rallies and events...
TikTok flip-flop: What’s the president’s power over foreign companies?
Thursday 06 August 2020
: If you’d never heard of TikTok before the coronavirus pandemic sent us all into our homes for months, you’ve probably heard of it now....
How America votes is inherently unpredictable. So why do polling?
Thursday 30 July 2020
: In the run-up to any modern presidential election, assessing a candidate’s successes and failures has served as fodder for political...
A double down on federal force, a do-over on coronavirus
Thursday 23 July 2020
: The United States is in search of leadership on many significant challenges we face at this difficult moment in our country.And on two major...
Conventions vs. covid-19: Trump’s push for a spectacle while the virus surges
Thursday 16 July 2020
: The 2020 presidential nominating conventions will look little like the political mega-events we’ve seen in this country for the past few...
Will the Court’s decision on electors prevent (at least some) election mayhem?
Thursday 09 July 2020
: Much of American democracy runs on precedent. How things have worked in the past helps us understand how they ought to work now. Many parts...
July 4 special: 'The Framers would not recognize the modern presidency.’
Thursday 02 July 2020
: Over the past few years making the“Can He Do That?” podcast, a few episodes have stuck with us. In particular, the episodes that keenly...
Virus cases are surging in the U.S. Is our government better prepared now?
Thursday 25 June 2020
: In the United States, novel coronavirus infections set a single-day national record Wednesday. For now it seems like deaths are not growing...
An ‘erratic’ and ‘stunningly uninformed’ commander in chief: Inside Bolton’s book
Thursday 18 June 2020
: John Bolton, former national security adviser to President Trump, wrote a book,“The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.” The...