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The Concord Coalition produces a weekly radio show and podcast called "Facing the Future."

Hosted by Chase Hagaman, Concord's New England regional director, the show dives into topics related to U.S. fiscal policy -- like health care, taxes, national security, the national debt and more -- with budget experts, industry leaders, elected officials and candidates for public office.

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Listen to learn more about how the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges -- and possible solutions -- impact current and future generations.

The show is broadcast on Concord, New Hampshire radio station WKXL each week on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m., with subsequent rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. and Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

Subscribe to the podcast on SpotifyiTunesGoogle Play Music or with an RSS feed. And follow "Facing the Future" on Facebook


Recent Shows

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers (Again)

Special Guest: Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith.

Grassroots, Granite State

Special Guests: Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith and Fiscal Lookout John Bohm from Virginia. 

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Grassroots, Granite State

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith and Concord Fiscal Lookout John Bohm from Virginia joined me on the latest Facing the Future. Smith provided an update on Concord’s nationwide grassroots efforts, Bohm shared a bit of his history that reaches back to one of Concord's co-founders and they both shared their experiences during the New Hampshire Primary and the recent College Convention

An Intergenerational View: The National Debt

Special Guests: Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute Brian Riedl and Director of the Center for Funding America’s Future at the Progressive Policy Institute Ben Ritz. 

2019 Highlights: Concord’s Economic Growth Agenda

Special Guest: Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby. 

2019 Highlights: Remembering Alice Rivlin

Special Guests: Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby as host, Concord's National Field Director Phil Smith, "Economist Mom" Diane Lim and AFP Senior Policy Fellow Alison Acosta Winters. 

Building the Workforce

Special Guest: Urban Institute Fellow Dr. Robert Lerman.

Fixing Us? 

Special Guest: Mike Murphy, chief of staff and director of strategic initiatives at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Where Reality Meets Visionary

Special Guest: Concord Coalition New Hampshire State Director Tyler Sweeney and Iowa-based consultant for LS2 Group Ashley Hunt.

Intergenerational Conversations 

Special Guest: “Economist Mom” and Senior Advisor at the Penn Wharton Budget Model, Diane Lim.

Millennials and The Fiscal Flywheel

Special Guests: COO of the Millennial Action Project Layla Zaidane and Steven Borne, newly published author of "Consuming Government." 

Millennial Perspective: Climate Change and National Debt

Special Guests: Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Stuart Butler and Tim Higashi, a senior research analyst at Brookings.

Shutdown, Tax Cuts and Medicare For All

Special Guest: Senior Vice President and Director of Research at The Committee for Economic Development, Joe Minarek.

Trust Fiscal Facts

Special Guest: Josh Gordon, former Concord Coalition policy director, now executive vice president at Free the Facts. 

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Trust Fiscal Facts

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

On Facing the Facts this week, The Concord Coaliton’s Executive Director Robert L Bixby substituted for regular host Chase Hagaman. Bixby’s guest was Josh Gordon, Executive Vice President and Director of Policy & Research at Free the Facts. Prior to joining Free the Facts in October, Gordon served for 18 years as Concord’s Policy Director.

Reforming the 'Third Rail' of Politics

Special Guest: Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Marc Goldwein. 

Fiscally Responsible Economic Growth

Special Guest: Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby.

Missed Opportunity Costs

Special Guest: Senior Advisor at the Penn Wharton Budget Model Diane Lim.

Interactive Budgets

Special Guest: New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute Policy Analyst Phil Sletten. 

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Interactive Budgets

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

On Facing the Future, Policy Analyst for the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute Phil Sletten joined me to discuss interactive budget exercises, similarities and differences between state and federal budget processes and the impact federal policies can have on state budget decisions. 


Past Show Archive