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“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.

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“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.

    A president’s push for an unproven cure

    A president’s push for an unproven cure

    What are the risks when clinical trials move quickly? Do they outweigh the benefits? Dr. Mark Gladwin of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center weighs in. Plus, Robert Costa on the president’s actions, as Americans are desperate for a cure.

    • 32 min
    States are competing for life-saving medical equipment. Who decides where it goes?

    States are competing for life-saving medical equipment. Who decides where it goes?

    A hospital’s emergency preparedness chief offers insight into what resources hospitals need right now. Plus, White House reporter Toluse Olorunnipa discusses President Trump’s inconsistent decision-making on how to distribute resources across the country.

    • 33 min
    Rugged individualism vs. social distancing enforcement: Who can keep us home and how?

    Rugged individualism vs. social distancing enforcement: Who can keep us home and how?

    Can the president order the entire country to shelter in place? Or the opposite: Can he force states to reopen businesses and resume gatherings? We find answers with reporter Griff Witte and American University Washington College of Law's Lindsay Wiley.

    • 32 min
    U.S. elections are being tested like never before. What comes next?

    U.S. elections are being tested like never before. What comes next?

    Reporter Isaac Stanley-Becker unpacks the electoral vulnerabilities state primaries have revealed, and election law expert Ned Foley lays out what can -- and legally can’t -- happen as we look toward the general election in November.

    • 31 min
    The U.S. stumbled at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Can we make up for lost time?

    The U.S. stumbled at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Can we make up for lost time?

    The Post’s health policy reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb delves into the shortcomings of the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus so far and some of the measures we may see in the coming weeks to slow its spread and treat those in need.

    • 20 min
    Does the president have much power to control a viral outbreak?

    Does the president have much power to control a viral outbreak?

    We navigate The Post’s newsroom in search of answers to a multitude of questions about President Trump’s response to coronavirus, from his efforts to boost the economy to quarantine protocols to his relationship with pharmaceutical companies.

    • 26 min

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