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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.



The show is broadcast on Concord, New Hampshire radio station WKXL every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m or you can listen below.

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

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Show Archive

College Students Tell Leaders “Reform is ‘Up to Us’”

Chase is joined on the show by college students Evan Rufrano and Brittany Brown, participants in the national "Up to Us" competition. Megan Shea, who runs the competition joins Bob Bixby and Tyler Sweeney to discuss "Up to Us," a non-partisan initiative that empowers college students to promote fiscal sustainability and have their voices heard on the nation's fiscal challenges.

The Children Are Our Future

Special Guest: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Senior Vice President Marc Goldwein; Concord Policy Director Josh Gordon.

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The Children Are Our Future

Thursday, May 17, 2018

“In only a few years we will be spending more servicing our past debt than we will investing in our future,” Marc Goldwein, senior vice president for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), said recently.

Deficits and Social Security: Time For a Plan

Special Guest: Former Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes.

Who Will Make the Serious Decisions?

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

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Who Will Make the Serious Decisions?

Sunday, May 06, 2018

During the most recent episode of “Facing the Future,” I took some time to focus on the state-level impacts of federal budget policy. The Concord Coalition recently partnered with the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute to conduct a state/federal budget exercise with class members of “Leadership New Hampshire.”

Bringing Budgets to Life

Special Guests: Matt Glassman of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University; Concord Coalition Communications Director Steve Winn.

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Bringing Budgets to Life

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Through taxes and a wide array of programs and benefits, the federal budget affects every person and community in the country. Yet many Americans -- including some who serve in Congress or work in federal agencies -- have only limited knowledge of current budget issues and the difficult long-term fiscal challenges facing the United States.

We're All Getting Old: Health Care and the Budget

Special Guests: Former Senator Bob Kerrey; Concord Coalition Policy Director Joshua Gordon

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Health Care and the Budget

Friday, April 20, 2018

Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey warned recently that U.S. health care spending is on an unsustainable path as it continues a long pattern of growing as a percentage of the economy.

Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey shares his thoughts on health care and the federal budget. Concord Coalition Policy Director Josh Gordon and Bob Bixby also discuss health care as Bob fills in for Chase this week.

Trillions and Trillions

Special Guest: Diane Lim, Principal Economist, The Conference Board

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Trillions and Trillions in Deficits

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Guests on “Facing the Future” last week lamented new projections of trillion-dollar federal deficits beginning in Fiscal 2020 and discussed how recent tax and spending decisions had contributed to the problem.

There Aren't Even Any Deficit Pigeons

Special Guest: Former New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg.

Going From Lurching to Leading

Special Guest: Concord’s North Carolina State Coordinator Marjorie Dufek

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From Lurching to Leadership

Friday, April 06, 2018

“There are countless things we can do to eat our spinach,” said Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith about fixing the nation’s fiscal problems. “Politicians have taken such a short-term view of things we have to go from lurching to leadership.”

Ready or Not, Here Comes 2020

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Ready or Not, Here Comes 2020

Monday, March 26, 2018

The seventh program of “Facing the Future” covered a variety of topics, including the budget process, the 2020 presidential election and funding to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. I was joined on the show by Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby and Concord’s New Hampshire State Director Tyler Sweeney.

Where Do We Grow From Here?

Special Guest: Concord’s newest addition to the team, New Hampshire State Director Tyler Sweeney.

Episode 5: Get in the Game

Special Guest: New Hampshire High school teacher Rachel Roberge.

Episode 4: Fiscal Freefall: When Will it Stop?

Special Guests: Ohio Governor John Kasich and former Democratic Congressman Tim Penny, moderated by Concord’s Executive Director Robert L. Bixby

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‘Facing the Future’: Kasich, Penny on Fiscal Challenges

Monday, March 05, 2018

During the fourth broadcast of “Facing the Future,” we aired portions of The Concord Coalition’s recent event in Washington, “Fiscal Freefall: When Will it Stop?,” which featured Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich and former U.S. Rep. Tim Penny.

The conversation focused on the nation’s fiscal policies and how they are jeopardizing our future. Despite the nation’s challenges, however, the two former congressional colleagues expressed hope and discussed possible bipartisan solutions.

Episode 3: Fiscal Leadership, Anyone?

Special Guests: New Hampshire Politico, Brad Cook; former Ambassador and Congressman Dick Swett

Episode 2: The President's Budget

Special Guests: Bipartisan Policy Center SVP, Bill Hoagland; Committee for Economic Development SVP, Joe Minarik

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Bipartisan Analysts Note Problems with Trump Budget

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
During the second broadcast of "Facing the Future" budget experts expressed concern over the nation’s path after recent deficit-financed tax and spending legislation, and they saw a lack of fiscal discipline in the president’s Fiscal 2019 budget proposal.

Episode 1: Welcome to Facing the Future

Special Guests: Former Senator Bob Kerrey; Concord Coalition Executive Director Bob Bixby 

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New Concord Radio Program Focuses on Fiscal Challenges

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Former Senator Bob Kerrey and Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby discussed the nation’s difficult fiscal challenges this week in the inaugural broadcast of Concord’s radio program “Facing the Future.”