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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Bonus Live Episode: HOOAH Award Panel w/ Mike Washington and Becky Margiotta

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Live-streamed on Veteran’s Day, Ken and the National Conference on Citizenship recorded a panel interview with two servant leaders, Becky Margiotta and Mike Washington, in recognition of the 2020 HOOAH Award.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Episode 6: The Fourth Estate

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Ken talks to Steve Waldman, co-founder and president of Report for America, about national service and journalism.
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Episode 5: The Military as a Model for Building Trust

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Ken talks to General Stanley McChrystal and Secretary Leon Panetta about military service and national defense and what insights they can offer into service more broadly.
Listen to Episode 5: The Military as a Model for Building Trust

Episode 4: Think Global, Act Local

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Ken explores national service on a local level, learning about two organizations that get at the roots of problems by investing directly in community leadership.
Listen to Episode 4: Think Global, Act Local

Episode 3: Closing the Learning Gap

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Ken learns about national service in education, speaking with the leaders of two national organizations focused on improving educational outcomes for students: Teach for America and Communities in Schools.
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Episode 2: Healing America

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Ken investigates the possibilities of national service in healthcare, both to address the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
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Episode 1: Serving in Common Purpose

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Host Ken Harbaugh explores the benefits and promise of national service with guests Pete Buttigieg and Chrissy Houlahan.
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Coming Soon

Conversations spanning from local communities to the national stage, from social justice to public health, and from storytelling and journalism to foreign service.
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