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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.



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.

Listen on iTunes by clicking here.

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Recent Shows

Let’s Fix Washington

Chase is joined on the show by former Congressmen David Jolly and Patrick Murphy, as well as Concord Coalition Executive Director Bob Bixby. They discuss Jolly and Murphy's national initiative "Let's Fix Washington" and the impact of partisanship and gridlock in Congress.

Greased Wheels Move Some Appropriations, But Deficits Growing

Chase is joined on the show by Concord Coalition Communications Director Steve Winn and Bob Bixby, as well as Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives Mike Murphy. They discuss federal investment in children, this year's budget process, political process reform and another proposed round of tax cuts.

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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