Can He Do That?
“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring presidential power in the face of weakened institutions, a divided electorate and changing political norms. 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 so much about the current state of American life and the country’s politics is unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Washington’s revolving door hits Biden on the way in
Thursday 17 June 2021
: President Biden promised a government where“public servants serve all Americans, not themselves or narrow special interests.” But one...
Biden says ‘America is back’ on the world stage. Is it?
Thursday 10 June 2021
: Can Biden rally the world’s democracies to meet today's challenges? And what might this trip reveal about the Biden foreign policy...
The mystery of the pandemic’s origins (and what it means for Biden)
Thursday 03 June 2021
: What are the geopolitical implications of the intelligence community"redoubling its efforts" to identify the pandemic's origins? And what...
Biden wants to end housing discrimination. Can he do that?
Thursday 20 May 2021
: Discrimination is built into the American housing crisis. We examine the limits of President Biden's power to fix it, in this second episode...
Not the 'normal' Washington Biden promised
Thursday 13 May 2021
: Are the divisions within the Republican party causing real problems for Biden’s goals? And if he’s forced to move his agenda forward...
Vaccine hesitancy at home, desperation abroad
Thursday 06 May 2021
: As the president lays out a new vaccine strategy at home, how much can Biden also do to help curb the spread of coronavirus around the...
Promises made. Promises kept?
Thursday 29 April 2021
: One hundred days into the Biden administration, how far has the president come on his campaign pledges? Biden promised a new way of...
Menthol cigarettes kill more Black Americans. Should Biden ban them?
Thursday 22 April 2021
: Will the Biden administration be able to strike a balance between politics and public health to regulate menthol cigarettes? And what are...
Will the president cancel student debt?
Thursday 15 April 2021
: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, an economist, and a student all weigh in on what to do — or not — about student debt, in this first episode in...
How a voting law ignited a culture war
Thursday 08 April 2021
: The political power of culture warsRepublicans ramp up attacks on corporations over Georgia voting law, threaten‘consequences’The...
Biden’s big bet on big government
Thursday 01 April 2021
: How did Biden become a president with an ambitious agenda for major government expansion? Where will his proposals position him in history?...
Do presidents have the power to stop mass shootings?
Thursday 25 March 2021
: After tragedies in Colorado and Georgia, Biden has pledged to tighten gun laws. But the country has been here before, in the aftermath of...
The political power of culture wars
Thursday 18 March 2021
: We examine why transgender rights have risen to the forefront of our politics, and what the history of the modern Republican party reveals...
Biden signed a $1.9 trillion bill. How much relief will Americans feel?
Thursday 11 March 2021
: Will low income Americans feel their lives change in tangible ways? On the other hand, might a fast-growing economy cause big problems?...
How to fix our democracy? Start in Kindergarten.
Thursday 04 March 2021
: A new report draws a line from today’s civics crises to a long-standing failure to effectively teach American government and history in...
Reshaping the role of the Justice Department
Friday 26 February 2021
: Can Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland rebuild confidence in the DOJ's independence? How might his efforts on Biden policies like...
Biden’s shifting benchmarks for reopening schools
Thursday 18 February 2021
: Can President Biden come through on this promise of reopening most schools within his first 100 days? How much can the president influence...
The duty of a president during crisis
Friday 12 February 2021
: Some of the arguments in Trump's second impeachment trial get at the core of presidential responsibilities. We examine two of them to...
Biden says he wants to reunite migrant families. It won’t be easy.
Thursday 04 February 2021
: Families are still separated years after President Trump's policy ended. Latin America correspondent Kevin Sieff on the experiences of some...
Will Biden get you a vaccine?
Friday 29 January 2021
: How much power does Biden have to affect vaccine distribution and where is his power limited? What role should the federal government play...
The Biden era begins
Thursday 21 January 2021
: President Biden campaigned on a promise to fix what’s broken, to repair divisions, to pull the country out of sickness, and to restore...
What’s next for Trump?
Thursday 14 January 2021
: President Trump's businesses are taking a hit, he's been impeached a second time and he might face legal challenges after he leaves office....
One impeachment is rare. Two is unprecedented.
Tuesday 12 January 2021
: Why impeach a president who is on his way out? When would a Senate trial start? Can President Trump be convicted after he leaves office?...
Trump incited a mob. American Democracy suffered.
Thursday 07 January 2021
: The breach of the U.S. Capitol was a remarkable moment in American history. Professor Sarah Binder explains how the usually uneventful vote...
How can the Supreme Court maintain impartiality in America's modern political climate?
Tuesday 29 December 2020
: Over the holiday break, we're bringing back an old episode that has resonance today. What happens to the public's perceived independence of...