Latest from Carol Alderman
  • Podcast

Trump’s response to unrest raises concerns among those trained to detect democratic regression

The administration's response to civil unrest presents major questions about the president’s approach to power. Can Trump use tactics at home that the U.S. condemns abroad? What are the risks of politicizing the military? Reporter Greg Miller explains.
  • Jun 4, 2020
  • Can He Do That?

How Trump is leveraging the presidency to campaign against Biden

With an election just six months away, is Trump leveraging his visibility as president? What powers does Trump have to resume rallies? Reporters Sean Sullivan and Toluse Olorunnipa discuss how the campaigns are handling an unprecedented election year.
  • May 21, 2020
  • Can He Do That?

Politics, pressure and pleas: The twisting case of Michael Flynn and the Justice Department

Michael Flynn's legal battle brings the Justice Department into uncharted territory, with boundaries between the department and the president newly tested. National security reporter Devlin Barrett unpacks the latest in this ongoing story.
  • May 14, 2020

The eerie similarities between the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Ahmaud Arbery's family, talks about how Arbery’s case is “like a modern day lynching.” Crump also discusses the eerie similarities between Arbery’s case and the case of Trayvon Martin.
  • May 12, 2020
  • Can He Do That?

The president’s desperate push to reopen America

White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker offers an inside look at President Trump's late-March decision to extend social distancing guidelines, and his soon-after pivot to strongly push for a quick economic revival and reopening of the United States.
  • May 7, 2020

‘Dying of whiteness’ during the coronavirus pandemic

Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland,” comes back to the podcast to explain how his argument “has been on steroids since this pandemic started.”
  • May 5, 2020
  • Can He Do That?

The Postal Service is in dire need. Trump wants to block the loan that could save them.

Will the Postal Service survive? Reporter Jacob Bogage details Trump’s desire to withhold a loan from the agency, and elections administration expert Amber McReynolds discusses the challenges of an election likely to rely more than ever on vote by mail.
  • Apr 30, 2020

Coronavirus is exploiting ‘the fissures of society,’ the Rev. William Barber says

The Rev. William Barber has preached about how racism, poverty, voter suppression and the lack of access to health care are linked. Now the coronavirus has forced us to face these issues in America, and he says Americans are eager to fight back.
  • Apr 28, 2020

The U.S. is spending trillions to save the economy. Where does all that money come from?

Which economic levers can Congress and the Federal Reserve control? Plus, what it all means for pumping money into the economy, accruing national debt, and the potential for rising inflation, with reporter Erica Werner and editor Damian Paletta.
  • Apr 23, 2020

America 'has been abused by this president,' former RNC chairman Michael Steele says

Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee, discusses President Trump’s daily briefings and how Trump has treated Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. This episode contains explicit language and listener discretion is advised.
  • Apr 21, 2020