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Burn the Boats

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Burn the Boats is a podcast about big decisions. Decisions like Alexander the Great made when he landed his troops on the shores of Persia and ordered his men to burn their boats. Host Ken Harbaugh interviews political leaders, influencers, and other history makers about the choices we confront when… read more

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Soledad O’Brien: Journalism’s ‘Tough Love’ Critic

May 20th, 2020


Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien talks about the current news landscape, what success means in journalism, and her flexibility and optimism …

Amy McGrath: From the Marine Corps to the Campaign Trail

May 6th, 2020


Amy McGrath, candidate for the US Senate seat in Kentucky, talks about the state of the Senate under her opponent Mitch McConnell, about her experiences campaigning in such a high-profile race, and about how her days as …

Joe Sanberg: Seeking Financial Security for All

April 22nd, 2020


Joe Sanberg, progressive entrepreneur and investor in Los Angeles, talks about his work to end poverty, his personal connection to the cause, and …

Patrick Murphy: Constitutional Crisis and the US Military

April 8th, 2020


The Honorable Patrick Murphy talks about the role of the military in American democracy, about his leadership in getting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell …

Ryan Manion: Harnessing Grief to Do Good

March 25th, 2020


Ryan Manion, president of the Travis Manion Foundation, talks about losing her brother to war, about her own PTSD diagnosis, and about harnessing her brother’s memory to do good.

Voting Rights Special with Demos and the ACLU

March 11th, 2020


Naila Awan from Demos and Ben Guess from the ACLU of Ohio talk about the importance of full voting rights for all and the work they are each doing to …

Shannon Watts and Casey Weinstein: The Dangers of Fighting for Gun Safety

February 26th, 2020


Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, and Casey Weinstein, state representative for Ohio’s District 37, talk about gun safety and the intimidation they have received for standing up for what they believe.

Paul Rieckhoff: The Power of Righteous Anger

February 12th, 2020


Paul Rieckhoff, host of the Angry Americans podcast, talks about being an independent in today’s political climate, about the role of veterans in our …

Bill Kristol: The Crisis within the Republican Party

January 29th, 2020


Bill Kristol, founder of The Weekly Standard and chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle under George H. W. Bush, talks about the current state …

Mary Beth Bruggeman: Inclusion, Leadership, and Service

January 15th, 2020


Mary Beth Bruggeman, the president of The Mission Continues, talks about her experiences as a woman in the Marine Corps, about the responsibility of teaching military leadership in wartime, and about the work TMC does …

Bonus: Adam Frankel on Writing for Obama

January 1st, 2020


In this bonus episode, Ken continues his conversation with Adam Frankel, talking about what it was like to write speeches for President Obama.

Adam Frankel: Healing Family Trauma through Honesty

December 18th, 2019


Adam Frankel, former speechwriter for President Obama and author of a new memoir, The Survivors, talks about generational trauma - from his …

Bonus: The Rights of American Samoans

December 12th, 2019


In this bonus episode of Burn the Boats, Staff Sergeant Jeniffer Afualo-Robinson talks about losing her security clearance and, with it, a pathway to career advancement, just because she was born in American Samoa.

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Joe Sestak: Individual Rights and the Common Good

December 11th, 2019


Joe Sestak, retired 3-star Admiral in the US Navy and former candidate for president, talks about the similarities between the Navy and the campaign trail, about his daughter’s illness inspiring him to run for office, …

Gina Ortiz Jones: Overcoming Barriers to Serve Her Country

December 4th, 2019


Gina Ortiz Jones, veteran and Congressional candidate in Texas’s 23rd district, talks about the decision her mother made to immigrate to the US, the challenges of being an LGBT service member under Don’t Ask, Don’t …

Mikie Sherrill: Challenging Authority and Reaching Across the Aisle

November 27th, 2019


Mikie Sherrill, Representative for New Jersey's 11th Congressional District, discusses the challenges of pushing back against leadership and reaching across the aisle to do what is best for her district and the country. …

Michael Gerson: Faith, Friendship, and Empathy in Today’s Political Climate

November 20th, 2019


There’s a capacity for intolerance in every religious faith and there’s a message of brotherhood and unity in every faith. The key comes to …

Coming Soon!

October 29th, 2019


Burn the Boats is a podcast about big decisions, those we face when failure is not an option. Decisions like Alexander the Great made when he landed his troops on the shores of Persia and ordered his men to burn their …

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