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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.

You can also subscribe to the podcast through one of the platforms listed below.

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Recent Shows

Termites in the Walls

Special Guest: Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith. 

Dead Men Still Ruling

Special Guest: Urban Institute Fellow Eugene Steuerle. 

Evolving Economy: the Changing Nature of Work

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next "Economist Mom" segment. 

Rethinking Legal Immigration: A Tool for Economic Growth

Special Guest: American Action Forum Director of Immigration and Trade Policy Jacqueline Varas.

Bold Reforms Needed for Changing Economy

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next "Economist Mom" segment.

Dueling Facts, Reinforcing Values

Special Guests: Morgan Marietta, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Jamie Burnett, a policy and political strategy consultant in New Hampshire. 

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Dueling Facts, Reinforcing Values

Monday, June 03, 2019

“A lot of people now think that alternative facts had to do with the Trump campaign … we think it started way before that,” said Morgan Marietta. “It’s not about Trump, and it’s not going away when Trump goes away.”

Alice Rivlin: Remembering an Economic Patriot

Special Guests: National Field Director Phil Smith, "Economist Mom" Diane Lim and AFP Senior Policy Fellow Alison Acosta Winters.

Nonpartisan, Public Education, That's It

Special Guest: Concord Coalition Communications Director Steve Winn.

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Nonpartisan, Public Education, That's It

Friday, May 17, 2019

“This is public education, about fiscal responsibility, that’s it,” said Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby in describing the organization. “That’s what we do on a nonpartisan basis.”

Bixby said Concord’s founders wanted it to be grassroots and oriented toward public education because there were already plenty of think tanks in Washington. “The Concord Coalition has always maintained the focus of being beyond the Beltway.”

Washingtonian Policy and The Evolving Economy

Special Guests: Concord Coalition Policy Director Josh Gordon and economist Diane Lim.

Tax Cuts and Health Care Costs

Special Guests: Manager and CPA for Penchansky & Co., Adam Lord, and commentary from the recent public forum “Health Care Costs: Key Federal and State Strategies” by policy experts, Joe Antos, Trish Riley and John McDonough.

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Tax Cuts and Health Care Costs

Monday, May 06, 2019

During the latest Facing the Future, Adam Lord, a manager at the CPA firm Penchansky & Co. in Manchester, New Hampshire discussed the 2017 tax legislation and how some of the changes impacted taxpayers.

As a millennial and member of The Concord Coalition’s New Hampshire advisory board, Lord said his generation needs to step up and become more involved in the conversations on issues like taxes, the economy, Social Security and health care.

Trustees' Warning: Time Running Out

Special Guests: Marc Goldwein, senior vice president for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, as well as economist Diane Lim for the latest "Economist Mom" segment.

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Trustees' Warning: Time Running Out

Monday, April 29, 2019

“To me the number one message is: We are running out of time,” said Marc Goldwein. “Medicare Part A is projected to be insolvent in just seven years, the Social Security Old Age program is projected to be insolvent within 15 years.”

“We cannot guarantee full benefits under current law for today’s retirees,” said Goldwein, a senior vice president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “So action is needed pretty quickly to put these programs on a sustainable path.”

Health Care Rx: Transparency, Competition and Choice

Special Guest: Joe Antos, the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

 

Fiscal Therapy with Bill Gale

Special Guests: Economist Diane Lim and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Bill Gale for the next "Economist Mom" segment. 

Political Persuasion: Tradition and New Tech

Special Guests: New Hampshire Institute of Politics Executive Director Neil Levesque and political strategist Dante Vitagliano. 

Health Care Spending and 'Medicare for All' 

Special Guest: Concord Coalition Policy Director Josh Gordon. 

Money, Campaigns and Fiscal Reform

Special Guests: Professor Lawrence Lessig and attorney Jim Merrill. 

Trump's Budget: Rosy or Realistic? 

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next "Economist Mom" segment. 

An Academic Perspective

Special Guests: Wayne Lesperance, vice president of academic affairs and professor at New England College, and Stephan Unger, professor of economics and business at Saint Anselm College. 

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An Academic Perspective

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Wayne Lesperance, vice president of academic affairs and professor at New England College, and Stephan Unger, a professor of economics and business at Saint Anselm College, joined the latest Facing the Future program to discuss political and civic engagement of college students, the New Hampshire primary, the fiscal policies of other nations and more.

Tax Refunds, Health Spending and the Debt Limit

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the "Economist Mom" segment.

On the Trail

Special Guest: Political correspondent Paul Steinhauser.

Congress, Get Woke on Immigration

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next "Economist Mom" segment.

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Congress, Get Woke on Immigration

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Economist Diane Lim hopes that Washington policymakers “will somehow become woke and enlightened and . . . say, ‘Hey you know what? We need to focus more on our economy and to do more of what would help our economy prosper.’ ” If that happens, she says, “there are a lot of things that policymakers could do on the immigration front to . . . dispel this notion that it’s a zero-sum game.”

Missing: Concern for Fiscal Policy Issues

Special Guest: Campaign veteran, policy advocate and digital marketing consultant Jeff McLean. 

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Missing: Concern for Fiscal Policy Issues

Friday, February 08, 2019

On the latest Facing the Future program, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby discussed President Trump’s State of the Union address and crucial items that were missing in it.  

“One thing the president didn’t do . . . was face the future on the fiscal front,” Bixby said. “There was really no mention of the debt . . . there was no mention of the annual federal budget deficit.”

Shutdown Ends, Bad Fiscal Policy Continues

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next "Economist Mom" segment. 

One Month, and Counting

Special Guest: Economist Brian Gottlob.

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Demographics and Taxes

Monday, January 28, 2019

On Facing the Future, economist Brian Gottlob joined the most recent program to discuss demographic trends, budget deficits during a period of economic growth, and feedback from the latest tax code overhaul.

“We’ve had deficits, and we’ve had big deficits for a while,” Gottlob said. “This situation is more concerning. . . we’re running very large deficits at a time when the economy has had really good growth over the last couple of years.”

State of the (Fiscal) Union

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the first "Economist Mom" segment of the new year.

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State of the (Fiscal) Union

Friday, January 18, 2019

In the latest “Economist Mom” segment on Facing the Future, Diane Lim discusses the partial government shutdown and the state of the nation’s fiscal policies, handing out poor grades to Congress and discussing what President Trump should tell the nation about Washington’s budget problems.

Lim gave Congress a “D” or “F” for its job performance this year.

Playing by the Rules

Special Guest: Attorney, financial advisor and professor Alex Talcott. 

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Playing by the Rules

Monday, January 14, 2019

On the latest Facing the Future program, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby discusses the partial government shutdown and rules changes in the U.S. House.

Some of the rules changes that resulted from the change in House leadership have a bearing on fiscal issues, Bixby said.

Best of 2018: Investing in Our Future

Special Guests: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Senior Vice President Marc Goldwein and Bipartisan Policy Center Director of Economic Policy Shai Akabas. 

Best of 2018: Former Congressmen Share Insights

Special Guests: Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Congressman Tim Penny from Minnesota and former Congressman Chris Shays from Connecticut.

Economist Mom: Are You Scrooge or Santa? 

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the "Economist Mom" segment and New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute Policy Analyst Phil Sletten.

New Lawmaker, Ex-GOP Chair: Prioritize Fiscal Policy

Special Guests: Democratic Congressman-Elect Chris Pappas and former New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn.

Economist Mom: The Psychology of Deficit Reduction

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the "Economist Mom" segment. 

Remembering McCain, a Straight-Talking Hero

Special Guest: New Hampshire businessman and Republican National Committeeman Steve Duprey.

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Remembering McCain, a Straight-Talking Hero

Monday, December 03, 2018

During the latest edition of Facing the Future Steve Duprey, a longtime friend of the late Senator John McCain, discussed his legacy. Duprey, a New Hampshire businessman and Republican national committeeman, also touched on midterm election results and the New Hampshire primary in 2020.

Duprey praised McCain’s character and approach to politics.

“He was willing to admit when he made a mistake in judgment or fell short of his own expectations of how he should handle something,” Duprey said.

Economist Mom Talks Trump Policy and Beyond

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next "Economist Mom" segment. 

Divided Government and Citizen Journalists

Special Guest: Ashley Hunt from LS2 Group. 

Economist Mom Explains Obama Era Fiscal and Economic Policy

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next edition of the "Economist Mom."

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Economist Mom Explains Obama Era Fiscal and Economic Policy

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Having entered the White House in the midst of the Great Recession, then President Obama spent much of his time in office trying to deal with the weakened economy. Tax cuts and stimulus spending measures contributed to high federal deficits for several years.

CEO's Simple Fix: Reform Spending and Revenue

Special Guest: Former Honeywell CEO and Simpson-Bowles Commission Alum David Cote

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CEO's Simple Fix: Reform Spending and Revenue

Monday, November 05, 2018

Politicians do not want to address the nation’s debt issues because that would require both tax increases and reductions in spending on entitlement programs, said David Cote, former CEO of Honeywell.

“It is just basic math that no one wants to address,” he said on the latest “Facing the Future” program.

Economist Mom: Lessons from the Clinton and G.W. Bush Years

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next installation of our recurring segment, "The Economist Mom." 

Defend or Defund Our Future? 

Special Guests: Bipartisan Policy Center's Director of Economic Policy Shai Akabas and Director of the Progressive Policy Institute's Center for Funding America's Future Ben Ritz. 

Economist Mom Explains Deficit Financing

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the next installation of our recurring segment, "The Economist Mom." 

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'Economist Mom' Explains Deficit Financing

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Diane Lim, a principal at District Economics Group and former chief economist for The Concord Coalition, draws a parallel to personal finances in explaining the federal deficit.

“On a basic level,” she says, “the government borrows for the same reason an individual borrows: When they want to consume, or spend, more than their current income allows. The government deficit is just the difference between annual spending and the government’s annual revenue.”

Stealth Spending on Autopilot

Special Guest: Concord Coalition National Political and Field Director Phil Smith.

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Stealth Spending on Autopilot

Monday, October 08, 2018

“People are arguing about spending bills and they do involve a lot of money and they are important, but the stealth spending spree ... often goes overlooked,” says Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby.

Welcoming Economist Mom

Special Guest: Economist Diane Lim for the new, recurring segment "The Economist Mom." 

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Welcoming 'Economist Mom'

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The latest “Facing the Future”  introduced a semi-monthly segment entitled “Economist Mom,” with Diane Lim, a principal at District Economics Group and former chief economist for The Concord Coalition.

Lim wrote the Economist Mom blog when she was with Concord. The purpose of this radio and podcast segment is -- as it was with the blog --  to help make fiscal responsibility more tangible for everyday Americans.

Let’s Fix Washington

Special Guests: former Congressmen David Jolly and Patrick Murphy.

Greased Wheels Move Some Appropriations, But Deficits Growing

Special Guest: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives Mike Murphy.

Candidates on the Issues: Mindi Messmer and Steve Negron

Special Guests: Democratic candidate for New Hampshire's First Congressional District Mindi Messmer and Republican candidate for the Second Congressional District Steve Negron.

Candidates on the Issues: Paul Cardinal

Special Guest: Democratic candidate for New Hampshire's First Congressional District Paul Cardinal.

Candidates on the Issues: Eddie Edwards and Lincoln Soldati

Special Guests: Democratic candidate for New Hampshire's First Congressional District Lincoln Soldati and Republican candidate for the same district Eddie Edwards.

Candidates on the Issues: Lynne Blankenbeker

Special Guests: Republican candidate for New Hampshire's Second Congressional District Lynne Blankenbeker.

Candidates on the Issues: Andy Sanborn and Stewart Levenson

Special Guests: Republican candidates Andy Sanborn and Stewart Levenson.

Candidates on the Issues: Chris Pappas

Special Guest: Democratic candidate Chris Pappas.

Candidates on the Issues: Maura Sullivan and Terence O’Rourke

Special Guests: Democratic candidates for New Hampshire's First Congressional District, Maura Sullivan and Terence O'Rourke.

Candidates on the Issues: Deaglan McEachern

Special Guest: Democratic candidate for New Hampshire's First Congressional District Deaglan McEachern.

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Candidates on the Issues: Deaglan McEachern

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Concord Coalition’s “Facing the Future” program is kicking off a series of interviews with Sept. 11 primary candidates in New Hampshire’s First and Second Congressional Districts.

The program originates on WKXL NH Talk Radio in Concord, New Hampshire. Republican and Democratic candidates will answer questions about their policy priorities and plans regarding federal fiscal policy and related issues.

Elected Leaders, It’s Irresponsible to Ignore the Debt

Special Guest: Former Congressman Chris Shays.

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Elected Leaders, It's Irresponsible to Ignore the Debt

Monday, July 16, 2018

“It is totally irresponsible that nobody is focusing on the debt, because it is our biggest problem,” said former Congressman Chris Shays.

Shays joined me on “Facing the Future” to discuss how being a candidate and a member of Congress have changed since he first took office in 1987. Shays, a Republican, represented Connecticut’s Fourth District until 2009.

You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Special Guests: Listener Questions, Concord Research and Policy Analyst Rob Ryan.

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The latest episode of Facing the Future is all about you, our listeners. The Concord Coalition’s Executive Director Robert L. Bixby and Policy Director Josh Gordon answered questions submitted via e-mail and social media.

One listener submitted a question through Facebook concerning the different measurements of the national debt.

“The two main measures of the debt, in terms of dollar figures, are the ‘debt held by the public’ and what we call ‘the gross federal debt’,” said Gordon.

Don't Hesitate: Change the Status Quo

Special Guests: Former Ambassador and Congressman Dick Swett, former Congressman Charlie Bass.

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Don't Hesitate: Change the Status Quo

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

“When you are in power... you are hesitant to change the status quo because you don’t know what the consequences may be,” said former U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass.

 

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