“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.
The state of Trump’s affairs
22:49A close look at the state of Donald Trump post-presidency — his businesses, his finances, the ongoing criminal investigations into his actions and how all of those things could affect a potential political comeback.
Prices are going up. Can Biden bring them down?
18:15What levers do presidents have to slow inflation? How much of our current economic situation can be attributed to President Biden’s policies and what can he really do to change the course of the American economy in the months ahead?Inflation emerges as defining economic challenge of Biden presidencyWhite House takes aim at oil industry as gas prices create economic and politics rifts
Are Biden's vaccine mandates an overreach of presidential power?
19:43Now that the Biden administration has released rules for vaccine and testing mandates, court battles are starting to heat up. The Post’s labor reporter, and a legal expert, weigh in on what the future might hold for Biden’s vaccine workforce rules.Related episodes and readingBiden mandates vaccines for millions. Can he do that?Legal battle over Biden’s vax-or-test mandate for businesses is just beginningGOP-appointed judges freeze Biden vaccine requirement after federal lawsuit
Biden promised unity. Voters are still divided.
19:39In a major upset for Democrats Tuesday, Republican Glenn Youngkin eked out a victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. Today, we look at the results of that election, and others, to understand the nation one year after the divisive 2020 elections.Elections spur doubts for Biden’s agenda, party’s outlookA sobering reality hits Democrats
McCarthy walks the Trump tightrope
23:20McCarthy says he can recapture the House, but navigating an unpredictable former President Trump and keeping donors happy at the same time is sizable challenge. McCarthy wants to win in 2022 and unify the Republican party. Can he do that?Would-be speaker Kevin McCarthy walks the Trump tightrope, pursuing a GOP HouseThe voter-fraud allegation that perfectly captures the post-2020 Republican PartyOne big threat to Biden’s agenda: The map
23:20In the last episode of our series about President Biden and the War in Afghanistan, he takes the reins as commander-in-chief and withdraws U.S. forces. Ultimately, Biden rethinks his stance on military intervention and America’s role in the world. Listen to Part One: The Senator and Part Two: The War.
27:06In the second episode of our series about President Biden and the War in Afghanistan, we look at the years after the Sept. 11 attacks when Biden called for a major nation-building effort. Over time, though, he begins to doubt his own instincts.Related links: Part One: The Senator
22:26On the 20th anniversary of the first U.S. strikes on Afghanistan, this three-part series explores President Biden's career as it intertwines with the war there. He ultimately chose to end the ‘forever war.’ But what role did he have in starting it?
American democracy in ‘Peril’
26:23Journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa uncovered details about the tumultuous transition of power from President Trump to President Biden in their new book, "Peril." They reveal how close we came to constitutional and international crises. Top general was fearful Trump might spark war, new book saysThousands have been evacuated from Afghanistan. Where will they go?The presidential power to strike
Biden’s climate agenda is bold. Is it enough?
24:30In this episode, as President Biden address the U.N. for the first time since taking office, we revisit a conversation from August about the climate’s "unprecedented" state and Biden’s big goals toward repairing it. Can his agenda succeed?