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A Blue Dog Keeps Barking

February 9th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future we talk with Rep. Jim Cooper a Democrat from Tennessee and founding member of the House Blue Dog Coalition. After 32 years in Congress and a long record of pushing for fiscal responsibility, Cooper has decided not to run for re-election this year. We discuss this difficult decision and get his take on the challenges ahead. Also, Tori Gorman and Steve Robinson join me to discuss the new jobs numbers and the prospects for a government shutdown.

COVID Makes a Mess of Economic Data

February 2nd, 2022

This week on Facing the Future we get an update on the economic outlook from Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. Last year saw strong GDP growth but an unexpected surge of inflation. We'll look at what comes next.

A ’New Normal’ for COVID-19?

January 26th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, we talk to one of the leading international experts on infectious disease, Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  He was one of six Biden transition team COVID-19 advisors who recently urged the President to seek a new strategy on the pandemic and accept the new normal: the virus will be with us for a long time. 

Inflation: Here Today, Here Tomorrow?

January 19th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, we discuss the outlook for inflation with Jason Furman, who chaired President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors and is now a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Jason's op-ed, "Four Reasons to Keep Worrying About Inflation" was published last week in the Wall Street Journal

Plowing Through the ’Wintry Mix’ on Jobs Report

January 12th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future we look at the December jobs report and what it means for the economic outlook and the congressional agenda. Our guest is Gordon Gray, director of fiscal policy at the American Action Forum. Later in the show, Tori Gorman and Steve Robinson join me to discuss Gordon's findings and whether Congress will pass another COVID relief bill.

The 1992 Tsongas Campaign and the Birth of the Concord Coalition

January 5th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, we kick-off The Concord Coalition’s 30th anniversary year by talking with political strategist Kitty Kurth, who worked on the 1992 presidential campaign of socially liberal, fiscally conservative former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas. Later that year she became the first employee of the Concord Coalition, when it was co-founded by Tsongas and former U.S. Senator Warren B Rudman. Kurth and I discuss how several of the themes of that campaign became the genesis of The Concord Coalition.

As 2021 Comes to a Close, Unfinished Business Dominates 2022 Congressional Agenda

December 29th, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, we’ll have an all-star panel from the Concord Coalition join us to look back on the budget and economic developments of 2021 and what they all mean for the policy debates of 2022. We'll discuss the biggest surprises, what gives us the most concern for the new year and what gives us some hope.

The Vital Role of Immigration

December 22nd, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, we talk with Richard Jackson, president of the Global Aging Institute, about his new paper, “The Vital Role of Immigration in an Aging America.” The paper explains that even as immigration to the United States has been declining, its importance to the nation’s demographic and economic growth has been increasing.
Then we have a follow-up conversation with two immigration activists who come at it from different perspectives.

Political dysfunction confronts inflation and debt

December 16th, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, we discuss congressional dysfunction; whether it has grown in recent years and why it matters. Our guests are former Congressman, Paul Hodes, Democrat of New Hampshire and political analyst Matt Robison who co-host WKXL's "Beyond Politics" Then, Concord Coalition Policy Director Tori Gorman and Chief Economist Steve Robsinson join me for a roundup of recent developments on the Build Back Better Act, the debt limit, and inflation. 

Keeping an Eye on COVID and the Debt Limit

December 8th, 2021

This week on Facing the Future, we discuss the outlook for the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Jodie Guest, an epidemiologist and professor at the Rollins School of Public Health and School of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. Then, we turn our attention to another problem we can’t seem to get rid of - the statutory debt limit. Our guest for this segment is Rachel Snyderman, an associate director with the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Economic Policy Project.

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