boy yelling into mic

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.

To subscribe to the podcast in iTunes click here: 

Google Play users can subscribe here.

The RSS feed to add by URL is: 

Show Archive

Candidates on the Issues: Deaglan McEachern

Chase is joined on the show by Democratic candidate for New Hampshire's First Congressional District Deaglan McEachern. Then, Concord's Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby explains the Trump administration's Mid-Session Review and CBO's report on means-tested mandatory spending programs.

Elected Leaders, It’s Irresponsible to Ignore the Debt

Special Guest: Former Congressman Chris Shays.

Blog Post

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.

Blog Post

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.

Blog Post

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.

Millennials: Heading Toward a Generational Showdown?


Special Guests: Alexandra Sosnowski and Andrew York.

Blog Post

Millennials: Heading Toward a Generational Showdown?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Andrew York, a Millennial financial planner in New Hampshire, fears the country is heading for “a big family fight” over federal budget priorities.

“You’re going to have the parents fighting the kids over who’s paying for what,” he predicts.

On last week’s episode of “Facing the Future”, I was joined by York and Alexandria Sosnowski,  who are both members of The Concord Coalition’s New Hampshire Advisory Board. Sosnowski, also a Millennial, is an attorney.

Trust the Trustees

Special Guests: former public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, Robert Reischauer and Charles Blahous.

Blog Post

Trust the Trustees

Monday, June 18, 2018

“The story we expected and the story we got was that the shortfall was becoming a more urgent situation,” said Charles Blahous, a former public trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds about the latest reports on the programs’ finances.

Congress, he added, “is running out of good options for dealing with it.”

Science Fiction Doesn't Work for Fiscal Policy

Special Guest: New Hampshire political reporter Paul Steinhauser.

Blog Post

Science Fiction Doesn’t Work for Fiscal Policy

Monday, June 11, 2018

“I think our issue is in outer space at the moment,” said Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition.

The fiscal challenges facing our nation, and the lack of attention given them, seem unreal. Add in vast and expansive numbers, and you may have the beginnings of a work of science fiction.

Don't Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish With the Budget

Blog Post

Don't Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish With the Budget

Monday, June 04, 2018

“As we look at keeping discretionary spending under control we do want to be careful and maintain a fiscally responsible approach, but we don’t want to cut the heart out of things that are needed for investment or national security,” said Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition.

On the latest "Facing the Future" episode, Bixby joined the program to discuss discretionary spending and entitlement programs.

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

Special Guests: College students Evan Rufrano and Brittany Brown, and Megan Shea from the national "Up to Us" competition.

Blog Post

College Students: Reform Is 'Up to Us'

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

“I remember sitting, looking at the national debt clock projected on the smart board and realizing how much of an issue this is,” said Brittany Brown, a top ten finalist in the national “Up to Us” competition to encourage fiscal responsibility.

The Children Are Our Future

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

Blog Post

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.

Blog Post

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.

Blog Post

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

Blog Post

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

Blog Post

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

Blog Post

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

Blog Post

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

Blog Post

‘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

Blog Post

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 

Blog Post

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.”