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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.

    Rerun: Rep. Jason Crow talks about January 6th

    Rerun: Rep. Jason Crow talks about January 6th

    This week, to mark the one year anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection, we are re-airing the story of someone who was in the Capitol during the attack. 
    Rep. Crow served as a House impeachment manager during Trump’s first impeachment trial in early 2020. In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, he has been hailed by his colleagues in Congress as “one of the heroes of that day,” for his actions guiding fellow members to safety.
    Learn more about Jason’s legislative priorities at crow.house.gov and find him on Twitter at @RepJasonCrow.
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    • 29 min
    BONUS: Reflections on the January 6th Insurrection

    BONUS: Reflections on the January 6th Insurrection

    On the one year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection, we’re sharing clips from six Burn the Boats interviews that delve into the causes and consequences of the attack. 

    Here are the guests featured in this Bonus episode, with links to their full interviews:



    Anne Nelson, an award-winning war correspondent and author.


    Congressman Jason Crow, who was in the House Gallery during the attack


    Christian Picciolini, a former leader in the American white power movement who now works in extremism prevention


    Kris Goldsmith, an Army combat veteran who is currently the CEO of an intelligence firm that specializes in the disrupting domestic extremism campaigns


    Dr. Kathleen Belew, the nation’s foremost expert on the involvement of military veterans in the white power movement


    Fred Wellman, the former Executive Director of the Lincoln Project, a PAC founded by former and present Republicans with the goal of defeating “Trumpism.”


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    • 49 min
    Lucas Kunce: Populism and PowerLucas Kunce hopes to fill Missouri’s vacant Senate seat in 2022, and he’s running a populist campaign that focuses on taking power out of the hands of corporate monopolies.

    Lucas Kunce: Populism and PowerLucas Kunce hopes to fill Missouri’s vacant Senate seat in 2022, and he’s running a populist campaign that focuses on taking power out of the hands of corporate monopolies.

    Lucas Kunce is a Marine Corps veteran running to fill Missouri's vacant Senate seat in 2022. Lucas served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and eventually went on to become an international negotiations officer at the Pentagon. He's now running a campaign that focuses on taking power out of the hands of corporate monopolies and putting it back in the hands of working people.

    To learn more about his campaign, visit lucaskunce.com

    You can also find him on Twitter at @LucasKunceMO
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    • 48 min
    Heidi Heitkamp: The Democratic Party’s Branding Problem

    Heidi Heitkamp: The Democratic Party’s Branding Problem

    Heidi Heitkamp is a former Senator who represented North Dakota from 2013 to 2019. She was one of the only Democrats in the Senate representing a state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. 

    Now, she helps lead the One Country Project, an organization dedicated to reopening dialogue with rural communities and advancing opportunities for rural Americans.

    You can find Heidi on Twitter at @HeidiHeitkamp

    For more information about One Country Project, visit their website, Onecountryproject.com, or follow them on Twitter at @_OneCountry_
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    • 52 min
    Fred Wellman: The Signs of a Violent America

    Fred Wellman: The Signs of a Violent America

    Fred Wellman is the former Executive Director of the Lincoln Project. He is a Westpoint and Harvard graduate, and served in the Army as an aviator and public affairs officer for 22 years. 

    The Lincoln Project is a political action committee that was founded in 2019 by former and present Republicans, with the goal of preventing the re-election of Donal Trump and defeating ‘Trumpism.’

    You can find Fred on Twitter at @FPWellman
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    • 51 min
    Tyler Merritt: Before You Call the Cops

    Tyler Merritt: Before You Call the Cops

    Tyler Merritt is an Activist, Author, Actor, and public speaker. His video monologue, “Before You Call the Cops,” garnered national attention after the murder of George Floyd in 2020, and has been viewed tens of millions of times. 

    In his new book, I Take My Coffee Black, Tyler talks about his experiences as a black man in America, as well as privilege, religion, multiculturalism, and even musical theater.

    Follow Tyler on Twitter at @TTMProject, and on instagram at @thetylermerrittproject.
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    • 53 min

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85 Ratings

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Learn something, feel something every time

Ken does a great job digging into both the intellectual and emotional heart of issues. You won’t be disappointed if you are looking for a fresh and authentic take on current affairs and politics.

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