26 episodes

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 failure is not an option.

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    • Politics
    • 5.0, 61 Ratings

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 failure is not an option.

    Andrew Towne: Modern-Day Adventurer

    Andrew Towne: Modern-Day Adventurer

    Andrew Towne, endurance athlete and principal with the Boston Consulting Group, has climbed the tallest mountain on every continent - including Mount Everest, and rowed the Drake Passage with the Discovery Channel series The Impossible Row. He talks about climbing Mount Everest and rowing the Drake Passage and about the smaller challenges he takes on to help make the world a better place.
    Watch Andrew and his crew row the Drake Passage on Discovery’s The Impossible Row. You can also learn about the organization he traveled abroad with as a student and now serves on the board for, Youth for Understanding, at yfu.org.

    • 35 min
    Bonus: Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Confederate Symbols

    Bonus: Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Confederate Symbols

    In this bonus episode of Burn the Boats, Gen. Stanley McChrystal reflects on his formerly-beloved painting of Robert E. Lee and his perspective on Confederate symbols. 
    The Atlantic op-ed that Ken reads from in this episode is titled “At 63, I Threw Away My Prized Portrait of Robert E. Lee”.

    • 15 min
    Pete Buttigieg: On Moving Forward

    Pete Buttigieg: On Moving Forward

    Pete Buttigieg, former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, talks about his campaign and the choice to end it, patriotism and hopes for the future of our country, and the need for America to rebuild trust.
    Learn more about Pete’s new PAC at wintheera.com and by watching his Twitter feed at @PeteButtigieg.

    • 48 min
    Max Rose and Ali Soufan: Fighting White Supremacist Terrorism

    Max Rose and Ali Soufan: Fighting White Supremacist Terrorism

    US Representative Max Rose and counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan talk about the work they’re doing to address the threat of transnational violent white supremacist groups in the United States and across the world.
    Max is a Congressman representing New York’s 11th district, which includes all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. Find him on Twitter at @RepMaxRose.
    A former FBI agent, Ali is now the Chairman and CEO of The Soufan Group, a global intelligence and security consultancy. Find Ali on Twitter at @Ali_H_Soufan.
    In this episode, Ken references an op-ed co-authored by Max and Ali this February. Read “We Once Fought Jihadists. Now We Battle White Supremacists.” on the New York Times website.

    • 45 min
    Sarah Longwell: How to Save the GOP

    Sarah Longwell: How to Save the GOP

    Sarah Longwell, publisher of the Bulwark and co-founder of Republicans for the Rule of Law, talks about being a staunchly “Never Trump” Republican and about what the future of her party looks like.
    Sarah is the publisher of the Bulwark, co-founder of Republicans for the Rule of Law, past board chair of the Log Cabin Republicans, and CEO of DC-based communications firm Longwell Partners. You can follow Sarah on Twitter at @SarahLongwell25.

    • 36 min
    Pride Month: Gina Ortiz Jones

    Pride Month: Gina Ortiz Jones

    This rerun in honor of Pride month features a conversation with Gina Ortiz Jones, Democratic candidate for Congress in Texas’s 23rd district, about the challenges of being a gay service member under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as her difficult race to represent her district.
    Gina Ortiz Jones is an Air Force veteran, intelligence officer, and candidate for US Representative in Texas’s 23rd congressional district. Learn more on Gina's website and find her on Twitter at @GinaOrtizJones and on Facebook.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

ricksmith@tomato ,

Fascinating conversations

Ken Harbaugh’s podcast is one of the hidden gems on iTunes.

Monicad90 ,

Great Find

Wonderful guests and really great questions from Ken Harbaugh. Sometimes podcasts can be wasted with repetitive questions that don’t really suit the unique experiences of the guests, but I feel like Burn the Boats consistently avoids that. Well worth a listen.

Jeff Wald 1273 ,

Amazing Podcast

Ken is a great interviewer and attracts the most interesting and impressive leaders. The conversations are fascinating and insightful. I learn from every episode. Love it!!

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