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.

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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.

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Chris Harnisch: The ‘Surrender’ of Afghanistan

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Chris Harnisch, who worked in the State Department during the Trump Administration, discusses the missteps during the withdrawal from Afghanistan, as well as the threat of domestic terrorism.
Listen to Chris Harnisch: The ‘Surrender’ of Afghanistan

Chairwoman Shontel Brown: Bipartisanship and Ohio’s 11th District

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Shontel Brown discusses her recent primary win in Ohio’s 11th District, and the future of both parties.
Listen to Chairwoman Shontel Brown: Bipartisanship and Ohio’s 11th District

Miles Taylor: Inside the Trump White House

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Miles Taylor describes the chaos created by Former President Trump, and how people within the administration tried to combat it.
Listen to Miles Taylor: Inside the Trump White House

Amy McGrath: The ‘Honor Bound’ Memoir

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Amy McGrath talks about her new book, which details her time in the military, her tough political campaigns, and the challenges we face as a country.
Listen to Amy McGrath: The ‘Honor Bound’ Memoir