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“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.

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“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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The future of the Jan. 6 commission

    The future of the Jan. 6 commission

    The ongoing probe may have implications for the 2022 midterm race and for President Biden’s promise to tackle white supremacist violence. What might findings reveal about where the U.S. is headed? And what can the hearings tell us about what’s to come?

    • 23 min
    Biden vs. the delta variant

    Biden vs. the delta variant

    The delta variant raises new challenges for the Biden administration: Will they change their approach to masking? What steps can they take to combat vaccine disinformation and get more Americans vaccinated? And is the economy at risk of another meltdown?

    • 30 min
    Should the U.S. government still invest in space?

    Should the U.S. government still invest in space?

    How does NASA fit in when billionaires fly to space? What are Biden’s plans for the space agency and how much of Trump’s initiatives does he plan to continue? And, ultimately, why should the government still invest in space exploration at all?

    • 20 min
    Inside the Trump White House during the pandemic response

    Inside the Trump White House during the pandemic response

    On this episode, Post Reports host Martine Powers talks to two Post reporters who reported on chaos in the early days of the pandemic including details about how sick President Trump was and his proposal to send infected Americans to Guantánamo.

    • 23 min
    What makes a president a good (or bad) leader?

    What makes a president a good (or bad) leader?

    As Americans celebrates the country's founding, we examine the presidency. How is a president’s leadership measured over time, and how do cultural moments change our historical perception? We offer insight from C-SPAN's Presidential Historians Survey.

    • 18 min
    Biden’s evolution on criminal justice

    Biden’s evolution on criminal justice

    The Biden administration is supporting a bill that would end the sentencing disparity in crack and powder cocaine offenses. But that disparity exists largely because of bills President Biden spearheaded in 80s and 90s. How much has Biden evolved?

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

Neat Freak 1 ,

Great pod, Ads too loud.

I love this podcast but the audio mixing is poor… The ads come on at a much higher volume than the podcast

Chris Smith ,

Terrible Audio Editing

I’ve listened to this podcast from the initial launch, and while a little dull, I’ve enjoyed the informative and relevant content. That said, the audio editing (especially this past year) has been okay at best, and horrible at times. I’m talking wild fluctuations in audio, overlapping tracks, strange cuts, etc…

I get it, these pods are made fast and mistakes happen. But like I said, I’ve been listening from the beginning and this is a consistent annoyance. To the point where I’m no longer interested in the content.

Adonis Mendoza ,

Can you cover the Cuba situation please?!

Hi, for many years, Cuba has been untouchable from US intervention. Why is it? Can the US president intervene in the Cuban crisis… Can He Do That? Can Biden send warships to put pressure on Cuba for change? I would you to hear what you can tell us about this. Thank you!

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