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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 failure is not an option.

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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 failure is not an option.

    Anne Nelson: The Secret Influence of a Right-Wing Political Coalition

    Anne Nelson: The Secret Influence of a Right-Wing Political Coalition

    Anne Nelson is an award-winning war correspondent, playwright, and author. Her newest book, Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right, details the influence of the Council for National Policy, a powerful right-wing political coalition. 

    Find her book here: Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right

    Learn more about Anne here: anne-nelson.com

    Follow Anne on Twitter here: @anelson
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    • 45 min
    Master Sergeant Michael ‘Top’ Washington: Coping with Loss

    Master Sergeant Michael ‘Top’ Washington: Coping with Loss

    Master Sergeant Michael ‘Top’ Washington served in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan between 1988 and 2004, before becoming a firefighter. His son, Mike Jr., followed in his footsteps and joined the Marines. In 2008, Mike Jr. was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.

    The loss of his son sent Top into a deep depression, culminating in a moment on a bridge in Tacoma. Top had decided to end his life there, but says he felt his son’s hand pulling him back, saying, “You’re not done yet.” Since then, Top has found a new calling, as a licensed therapist focusing on fellow military veterans and first responders. 

    To hear more from Top, check out his interview on Warriors In Their Own Words, out next Thursday.


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    • 42 min
    Jason Kander: Destigmatizing PTSD while Continuing to Serve

    Jason Kander: Destigmatizing PTSD while Continuing to Serve

    Jason Kander, an Army Veteran and former Senate Candidate, talks about his struggle with PTSD and his continuing public service.

    Jason served as an intel officer in Afghanistan and as Secretary of State of Missouri, before his Senate campaign in 2016 catapulted him onto the national stage. Despite an extremely promising mayoral race in Kansas City, he decided to step away from the public eye and focus on dealing with his PTSD. Now, he serves as the president of the Veteran’s Community Project.

    Check out Jason’s Podcast, Majority 54

    Follow Jason on Twitter, @jasonkander
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    • 52 min
    Judge Lina Hidalgo: Local Leadership, Voting Rights, and Values

    Judge Lina Hidalgo: Local Leadership, Voting Rights, and Values

    Judge Lina Hidalgo, county executive for Harris County, Texas, talks about changing the system from within and about budgeting through a values lens. 
    Including the city of Houston, Harris County is the third most populous in the country, larger than some states. As the county's chief executive, Lina took early public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and has made great strides to challenge voter suppression in Texas.
    Learn more about Judge Hidalgo’s work in Harris County at CJO.HarrisCountyTX.gov and find her on Twitter at @LinaHidalgoTX.
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    • 26 min
    Elliot Ackerman: Writing About War and America’s Future

    Elliot Ackerman: Writing About War and America’s Future

    Elliot Ackerman, Marine combat veteran and bestselling author, talks about writing and about his fears for the future.
    Elliot’s latest book is 2034: A Novel of the Next World War. The Harper’s story referenced in the episode is “Civil Warning”. Learn more about Elliot’s work at elliotackerman.com and find him on Twitter at @elliotackerman.
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    • 37 min
    Christian Picciolini: Disengaging White Power Extremists

    Christian Picciolini: Disengaging White Power Extremists

    Christian Picciolini, a former leader in the American white power movement, talks about his past and his current work in extremism prevention.
    Christian runs the Free Radicals Project, which is dedicated to extremism prevention and disengagement. His latest book is titled Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism. Learn more about his work at christianpicciolini.com and learn about the Free Radicals Project at freeradicals.org. Find him on Twitter at @CPicciolini.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

katiemh23 ,

a must-listen

every episode is unpredictable in the best way possible, with one-of-a-kind stories from incredible guests and a skillfully engaging host; add listening to this podcast to the top of your to-do list—you won’t regret it!

Great printer app ,

Burn the boats

This is a very informative podcast with excellent guests. Timely discussion of important subjects.

WinstonTheWolf ,

Should be more open about its politics

I thought this podcast would be different from other political podcasts, but it’s just another platform for the progressive left to push their agenda, but with the appearance of being in the center—which it isn’t.

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