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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Anne Nelson: The Secret Influence of a Right-Wing Political Coalition

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Award winning journalist Anne Nelson describes the influence of the Council for National Policy, a powerful right-wing political coalition.
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Master Sergeant Michael ‘Top’ Washington: Coping with Loss

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Master Sergeant ‘Top’ Washington describes the difficulty of coping with the loss of his son, and how he’s working to make that process easier for others
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Jason Kander: Destigmatizing PTSD While Continuing to Serve

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Jason Kander, an Army Veteran and former candidate for Senate in Missouri, talks about his struggle with PTSD, and about his continuing public service.
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Judge Lina Hidalgo: Local Leadership, Voting Rights, and Values

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Judge Lina Hidalgo, county executive for Harris County, Texas, talks about changing the system from within and about budgeting through a values lens.
Listen to Judge Lina Hidalgo: Local Leadership, Voting Rights, and Values