Our country is facing an historic moment of upheaval and division. There are no easy fixes and a better future requires bold ideas. This podcast will explore one of them: national service. Imagine young Americans from every background serving side-by-side for an intense year of service. Imagine the example this would set for our nation while developing the purpose-driven leaders we need.On this podcast, host Ken Harbaugh -- former Navy Pilot, author, and nonprofit leader -- will explore the topic with former military leaders, academics, policymakers, and young Americans. With so much news of what is broken in America, this podcast will be an inspiring series on what we can do about it.
HOOAH Award Panel w/ Mike Washington and Becky Margiotta
The regular series of Rebuilding America is over, but last month Ken was honored with the HOOAH Award from the National Conference on Citizenship. To celebrate this award, NCoC recorded a live Veteran’s Day panel conversation between Ken and two past winners of the HOOAH Award - Mike Washington and Becky Margiotta.
The George A. Smith HOOAH Award is presented annually to a veteran who defines citizenship through service.
Becky Margiotta is an Army veteran and principal and owner at the Billions Institute, helping teach and support foundations and non-profit executives leading large-scale social change initiatives.
Mike Washington is a retired Marine Corps Master Sgt and Seattle firefighter who works to combat PTSD among veterans and first responders.
The Future of Service
What could national service be at its best? If we invest and shift our culture to value service more highly, what could we accomplish and how could we grow as a country? On the last regular episode of Rebuilding America, Ken talks with Barbara Stewart, CEO of AmeriCorps, and Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles - asking them to look forward and think big.
The alumni testimonial features Josh Fryday, Chief Service Officer for the state of California.
A Breakthrough on Capitol Hill?
Could national service be the issue to break through partisan gridlock in Congress? Ken talks with Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth and Republican Congressman Don Bacon to get some insight.
The alumni testimonial features Emily Cherniack, AmeriCorps alum and founder of New Politics.
Service Abroad is Service to the Nation
Ken talks to Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the 19th Director of the Peace Corps, about service abroad and whether it is also service to the United States.
The Peace Corps is different from most of the other programs we’ve discussed so far on Rebuilding America. Rather than serving fellow Americans, the Peace Corps sends volunteers abroad to serve communities in other countries. Ken talks with Carrie Hessler-Radelet, former Peace Corps Director and current President and CEO of Project Concern International, about international service and the benefits it has back home.
The alumni testimonial features Kareen Sanchez and Adam Greenberg, both Peace Corps alumni.
Repairing Broken Trust
Our country is deeply divided and we often do not trust one another these days. Ken talks first with Francis Fukuyama, political scientist and author of the 2018 book Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, about identity and tribalism and how we got here.
He then talks with Dave Isay, founder and president of StoryCorps, about how to heal that broken trust through storytelling and listening.
The alumni testimonial features Eleanor Vassili, a former facilitator with StoryCorps’ MobileBooth.
The Fourth Estate
The American people have a complicated and often fraught relationship with the media. Can national service help repair that broken trust? Ken talks to Steve Waldman about Report for America, an organization that believes the answer is yes.
The alumni testimonial features Yadira Lopez, a current Report for America Corps Member who covers economic mobility at The Miami Herald.
Service to Country
Good topic for Ken, who has firsthand knowledge on the topic. This should be a priority with young people, who hesitate to enter the military but can give in so many other ways. How better to instill pride in our country and selflessness over greed. We need to do this now before a whole generation is lost. Keep up the good work Ken.
Important topic and great discussions!
National service can be an invaluable tool in our response to so many challenges, from educational inequality to climate change to food insecurity to civic engagement. This podcast highlights the importance of the issue and the amazing servant leaders who have emerged from both the military and national service worlds. Great stuff!
What an important topic—and in a time of cynicism and partisanship—national service is such an inspiring idea and vision for the country.
Ken Harbaugh is an incredible host and the guests are great!