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

Hosted by Robert L. Bixby, Concord's Executive 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.

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Recent Shows

Why the National Debt Still Matters

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Why the National Debt Still Matters

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

This week on Facing the Future we talked with Richard Jackson, President and Founder of the Global Aging Institute, and the author of a timely new paper titled, Why the National Debt Still Matters. Concord Coalition chief economist Steve Robinson, who contributed a debt model used in the paper, joined the conversation.

What's Up With Inflation?

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What's Up With Inflation?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

This week on Facing the Future we looked at a subject on the minds of many economists as well as everyday consumers: what’s up with inflation? Are recent sharp increases something to be concerned about and how does it affect our economic future? We also assessed the outlook for jobs, wages and overall economic growth.

Why the Debt Limit Doesn't Control the Debt

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Why the Debt Limit Doesn't Control the Debt

Thursday, July 15, 2021

This week on Facing the Future we looked at the nation’s statutory debt limit. What is it? Why doesn’t it work to control the growing debt and are there viable alternatives? To get answers and perspectives, we talked to Susan Irving, of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Concord Coalition Policy Director Tori Gorman joined the conversation.

A Grand Strategy of Resolute Restraint

Special Guests:Michael O'Hanlon, Director of Research in Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution.

Navigating Uncharted Waters

Special Guests: Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board.

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Navigating Uncharted Waters

Thursday, July 01, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, we got an update on the economic recovery from Joe Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board. We also heard about an idea he has for paying off the extra federal debt incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Concord Coalition Policy Director Tori Gorman joined the conversation.

Kerrey and Danforth: Address the Debt and Meet in the Middle

Special Guests: Concord Coalition Co-Chair Bob Kerrey. Concord Coalition Co-Chair Jack Danforth.

Swing Voters and Uncertain Costs

Special Guests: Rich Thau, President of Engagious. Tori Gorman, Policy Director of The Concord Coalition. Steve Robinson, Chief Economist of The Concord Coalition.

Dead Men Still Ruling: Can We Shift Priorities?

Special Guests: Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute, Tori Gorman. Policy Director of The Concord Coalition. Steve Robinson, Chief Economist of The Concord Coalition.  

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Dead Men Still Ruling: Can We Shift Priorities?

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, we looked at some longer-term budget and economic issues that are crucial for understanding President Biden’s policy agenda and whether it would fully address the challenges ahead, Joining me for this discussion was Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute, one of the nation’s top experts on the budget, economic growth and taxes.

Biden Presents His Budget

Special Guests: Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Steve Robinson, Chief Economist of The Concord Coalition.

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Biden Presents His Budget

Thursday, June 03, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, we took a close look at President Biden’s much-awaited Fiscal Year 2022 federal budget. My first guest was Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Later, I was joined by Steve Robinson, Chief Economist of The Concord Coalition.

A Blue Dog's Perspective on Fiscal Responsibility

Special Guests: Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-7)

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A Blue Dog's Perspective on Fiscally Responsible Investment

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

This week's guest on Facing the Future was Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-7th). In addition to serving on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, she Chairs the Blue Dog Coalition's Task Force on Fiscal Responsibility and Government Reform. 

Looking Beyond a Disappointing Jobs Report

Special Guests: Diane Lim, economist.

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Looking Beyond a Disappointing Jobs Report

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, I talked to EcomonistMom.com blogger Diane Lim about the surprisingly weak April jobs report. Then we turned our attention to President Biden's proposals for the "care economy," including their potential to expand the work force and the political difficulty of raising enough revenue to pay for them.

UnRepresented and UnSustainable

Special Guests: Tori Gorman, Policy Director of The Concord Coalition.

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UnRepresented and UnSustainable

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

This week on Facing the Future Tori Gorman and I went to the movies, an appropriate thing to do following the Oscars. We looked at some fiscal policy aspects of an award winning  documentary called UnRepresented, which deals with the influence of money in politics. At the conclusion, I had some observations about the new 2020 U.S. Census data and its implications for future economic growth. It’s not good news.

Don't Keep it in Vegas

Special Guests: Former Ambassador and New Hampshire Congressman Richard Swett, Professor Jayce Farmer of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

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Don't Keep it in Vegas

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, former Ambassador and New Hampshire Congressman Richard Swett gave me his thoughts on President Biden’s policy agenda. Then I took a virtual trip to Las Vegas with Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith. We interviewed Jayce Farmer, a professor of public policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who has conducted our budget exercise Principles and Priorities with his mid-career graduate students for the past three years. 

The Skinny on Biden's Budget

Special Guests: Richard Jackson, president of the Global Aging Institute. Tori Gorman, Policy Director of The Concord Coalition. Steve Robinson, Chief Economist of The Concord Coalition.

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The Skinny on Biden’s Budget

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

What’s a “skinny budget?” Concord Coalition Policy Director Tori Gorman explains on this week’s Facing the Future podcast. We also look a little deeper into the Biden Administration’s expansive definition of “infrastructure” with Concord Coalition Chief Economist Steve Robinson. Rounding out the podcast is a thought provoking conversation with Richard Jackson, President of the Global Aging Institute, about the macro challenges of population aging. Spoiler alert; it goes beyond the budgetary impact.

Two Views: Biden's Infrastructure Plan 

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

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Two Views: Biden's Infrastructure Plan

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

It was infrastructure week on Facing the Future and we tried to “bridge” the divide between differing perspectives of President Biden’s $2.3 American Jobs Plan. Our guests were Ben Ritz, Director of the Center for Funding America’s Future at the Progressive Policy Institute, and Brian Riedl a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Also joining the conversation was Concord Coalition policy director Tori Gorman.

The Question for Biden: How to Pay the Bills?

Special Guests: Jim Capretta, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Tori Gorman, Policy Director at The Concord Coalition.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat: Reconciliation

On the latest Facing the Future we were joined by Jon Lieber, a Capitol Hill veteran of many important budget negotiations and the current Managing Director of the Eurasia Group and Tori Gorman, Policy Director of The Concord Coalition. We reviewed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, the politics of immigration, and more.  

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Wash, Rinse, Repeat: Reconciliation

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

On the latest Facing the Future, we took a wide-ranging tour of the fiscal policy landscape as the Biden Administration prepares to unveil new proposals that media reports indicate could cost $3 trillion or more without offsets. Our tour guide was Jon Lieber, a Capitol Hill veteran of many important budget negotiations who is now Managing Director of the Eurasia Group. Concord Coalition policy director Tori Gorman joined the conversation.

Detailed Proposals and Fond Farewells

Special Guests: Concord Coalition Policy Director, Tori Gorman, Concord’s National Field Director, Phil Smith, and Director of Health Policy for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Josh Gordon. 

 

We Need a Strategic Plan

Special Guest: Former Comptroller General of the United States, David M. Walker. 

Time to Put the Genie Back in the Bottle? 

Special Guests: Hamilton Project Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Wendy Edelberg, and Bill Hoagland, a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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Time to Put the Genie Back in the Bottle?

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Robert L. Bixby, Concord's Policy Director, Tori Gorman, and Bill Hoagland, a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center. We discussed the ongoing reconciliation process.

Also this week, an interview with Hamilton Project Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Wendy Edelberg, on COVID-19 relief proposals, which was recorded as part of a recent webinar.

Reconciling Differences: COVID Relief and Immigration Reform

Special Guests: Former Ambassador and immigration attorney, George Bruno, and Concord Coalition Policy Director, Tori Gorman.

Vaccine Distributors and Accountants

Special Guests: Robin Abbott, CEO of the New Hampshire Society of CPAs, and Matt DiLoreto, vice president of state government affairs for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance.

Providing Help Where It's Needed Most

Special Guest: Ben Gitis, a senior policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Economic Policy Project.

Shape of Things to Come: Five Imperatives for Policymakers

Special Guest: Richard Jackson, president of the Global Aging Institute. 

 

Senators Kerrey and Danforth: Bipartisanship and "Regular Order" Needed in Congress

Special Guests: Former U.S. Senators Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and Jack Danforth (R-MO). 

GAO: Guardrails Needed for Long-Term Fiscal Policy

Special Guest: Gene Dodaro, the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office.

Reconciling Deficits

Special Guest: Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Funding America’s Future, Ben Ritz.

Narrow Margins Call for Compromise

Special Guest: Tim Penny, former U.S. Representative, current president and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. 

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Narrow Margins Call for Compromise

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

On the latest Facing the Future, I was joined by Concord Coalition Executive Director, Bob Bixby, and former Congressman from Minnesota, Tim Penny. We discussed challenges facing the incoming Biden administration and the new Congress as we begin 2021, the importance of long-term fiscal responsibility, and U.S. House of Representatives rules changes that affect PAYGO.

 

Past Show Archive