A National Service Podcast

Host Ken Harbaugh sits down with policy makers, military leaders, academics, and changemakers for inspiring conversations about national service and what it will take to move our country forward.

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Launching on September 15, “Rebuilding America: A National Service Podcast” is a 10-episode limited series featuring advocates of national service from a range of perspectives.

Ken Harbaugh talks to politicians, academics, and other leaders in conversations spanning from local communities to the national stage, from social justice to public health, and from storytelling and journalism to foreign service. His guests talk about how national service can be used to bridge economic divides and heal cities.

In each episode, Rebuilding America will also include a testimonial from a national service alum, offering an intimate look at the positive impact of service on those who step up.

Pete Buttigieg: There's so much work to be done...But it's not just about the work that's getting done, it's about the experience of doing it.

Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell: There's like a handful of really good days and a handful of really bad days. But that grind is done in partnership with people, in community with people. Even if they're not physically next to you, you know you're serving in common purpose with them.

Stanley McChrystal: Service is such an expanding experience for everyone, whether it's military or civilian. The commitment to this larger cause, which is your community or your nation, it gives you a different perspective on life, your own importance, what we are put on this earth for. I think that the national service pulls us in that direction, It pulls people closer into the idea, "Hey, we are a nation and a nation is made up of citizens, who've agreed to certain things. One of which we believe is taking care of each other."

Ken Harbaugh: I’m Ken Harbaugh, host of the upcoming podcast Rebuilding America, a production of Evergreen Podcasts and New Politics.

In this 10-episode series, I’ll talk to advocates of national service from a range of perspectives. I’ll talk to politicians like Pete Buttigieg and academics like Francis Fukuyama, as well as leaders like General Stanley McChrystal and more. My conversations will span from local communities to the national stage, from social justice to public health, from storytelling and journalism to foreign service. We’ll talk about how national service can be used to bridge economic divides and heal cities.

In each episode, we’ll also hear from recent alumni of national service programs, offering an intimate look at the positive impact of service on those who step up. Join me in exploring the potential of national service this fall. Episodes are out weekly starting September 15th. Subscribe to the podcast now to see it in your feed.

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Episode 10: The Future of Service

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In the final regular episode of Rebuilding America, Ken looks to the future, speaking with Barbara Stewart, CEO of AmeriCorps, and Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles about next steps and the potential of national service going forward.
Listen to Episode 10: The Future of Service

Episode 9: A Breakthrough on Capitol Hill?

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Ken talks to two legislators who have made service a major part of their platform - Senator Tammy Duckworth from Illinois and Congressman Don Bacon from Nebraska - about the potential of national service legislation on Capitol Hill.
Listen to Episode 9: A Breakthrough on Capitol Hill?

Episode 8: Service Abroad is Service to the Nation

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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.
Listen to Episode 8: Service Abroad is Service to the Nation

Episode 7: Repairing Broken Trust

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Ken talks to Francis Fukuyama and Dave Isay about identity, tribalism, and how to heal the broken trust in America.
Listen to Episode 7: Repairing Broken Trust

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