When Failure is Not an Option

Host, Ken Harbaugh, interviews political leaders, influencers, and other history makers about the choices we confront when failure is not an option. Choices like Alexander the Great made when he landed his troops on the shores of Persia and ordered his men to burn their boats.

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify

Coming Soon!

Burn the Boats is a podcast about big decisions, those we face when failure is not an option. Decisions like Alexander the Great made when he landed his troops on the shores of Persia and ordered his men to burn their boats. Listen as Ken Harbaugh interviews political leaders, influencers, and other history makers about the tough choices they've made, starting with columnist Michael Gerson on November 20.

Recent Episodes

View All

Dan Barkhuff: A Tribe to Compete with Trumpism

Burn the Boats | S:1 E:34
Dan Barkhuff, former Navy Seal and founder of Veterans for Responsible Leadership, talks about fighting Trumpism and the importance of belonging.
Listen to Dan Barkhuff: A Tribe to Compete with Trumpism

Steve Schmidt: Fighting an Autocratic Coalition

Burn the Boats | S:1 E:33
Steve Schmidt, longtime Republican political strategist and co-founder of The Lincoln Project, comes on Burn the Boats to talk about his work fighting Trump and Trumpism.
Listen to Steve Schmidt: Fighting an Autocratic Coalition

Mike Howard: Keeping America Secure from the CIA to Microsoft

Burn the Boats | S:1 E:32
Mike Howard, a veteran in the security and protection field, comes on Burn the Boats to talk about his 22 year career with the CIA and the years he spent as Chief Security Officer at Microsoft.
Listen to Mike Howard: Keeping America Secure from the CIA to Microsoft

Rerun: Max Rose and Ali Soufan on White Supremacist Terrorism

Burn the Boats | S:1 E:31.5
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.
Listen to Rerun: Max Rose and Ali Soufan on White Supremacist Terrorism