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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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    • 5.0 • 67 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.

    Rerun: Max Rose and Ali Soufan on White Supremacist Terrorism

    Rerun: Max Rose and Ali Soufan on White Supremacist Terrorism

    This rerun from July 2020 features former congressman Max Rose and counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan talking about their work addressing the threat of transnational violent white supremacist groups in the United States and across the world.
    This episode aired long before the events of January 6th, but the conversation was prescient. If we want to stop threats like last week’s violent mob at the Capitol in the future, we need to listen to people like Max and Ali, who know the dangers of white supremacist terrorism and how to curb them.
    At the time of this recording, Max was a congressman representing New York’s 11th district, which includes all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. Find him on Twitter at @MaxRose4NY.
    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 a New York Times op-ed co-authored by Max and Ali in February 2020. Read “We Once Fought Jihadists. Now We Battle White Supremacists” here.
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    • 45 min
    Sen. Sherrod Brown: The Dignity of Work and Hope in Politics

    Sen. Sherrod Brown: The Dignity of Work and Hope in Politics

    Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio talks about the dignity of work, his Senate desk 88, and the role of both fear and hope in politics.
    A lifelong champion for working families, Senator Brown began his political career as the youngest member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He has served as a US Representative, as Ohio’s Secretary of State, and, since 2007, as a US Senator and one of the only Democrats in Ohio elected to statewide office.
    Learn more about Senator Brown’s legislative priorities on his website. Find him on Twitter at @SherrodBrown.
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    • 17 min
    Doug Wilson: Celebrating 10 Years Without Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

    Doug Wilson: Celebrating 10 Years Without Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

    Ken celebrates the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell with Doug Wilson, former Pentagon official who played a key role in the repeal.
    Doug Wilson is a former Pentagon official, campaign veteran, and foreign policy expert. As Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, he played a key role in the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which was signed into law by President Obama on December 22, 2010.
    Learn more about Doug in profiles from Politico and the Washington Blade. Read his bio from the Truman National Security Project and find him on Twitter at @DougAZDEDC.
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    • 38 min
    Aida Salazar: Activist, Artist, Author

    Aida Salazar: Activist, Artist, Author

    Award-winning author Aida Salazar talks about writing difficult stories for children, raising a new generation of activists, and the intersections of art and activism. 
    Learn more about Aida and her work - writing, art, activism, and more - at aidasalazar.com. Her most recent novel, Land of the Cranes, is out now.
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    • 30 min
    Jake Wood: A New Mission Closer to Home

    Jake Wood: A New Mission Closer to Home

    Jake Wood, veteran and CEO of Team Rubicon, talks about his new memoir, the value of veterans serving in disaster relief, and the power of vulnerability in leaders. 
    Learn more about Jake’s organization Team Rubicon and find them on Twitter at @TeamRubicon. Find Jake himself on Twitter at @JakeWoodTR. His memoir, Once A Warrior: How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home, is out now.
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    • 34 min
    Jacqueline Novogratz: Marshalling a Moral Revolution

    Jacqueline Novogratz: Marshalling a Moral Revolution

    Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, talks about the role of markets in working towards a better world and how the kind of work she does has changed in recent years as the rising generation demands sustainability, inclusion, equity, and justice.
    Jacqueline’s organization, Acumen, is a nonprofit impact investment fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. Learn more about Acumen on their website and find them on Twitter at @Acumen. Find Jacqueline on Twitter at @JNovogratz.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Love in all forms ,

What a citizen needs to know

Burn the Boats is a powerful inspiration for all of us to actively participate in American values. The episodes are stories from those who put everything on the line for our us. It puts the yellow ribbon effort to shame. We are not a cheering team. We receive the rights and benefits of living in America because of the sacrifices made by people who give everything. We can all participate and feel the joy of gratitude!

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.

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