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The DC Economic Conundrum

June 22nd, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, it looks like the economic party is really over. After nearly 15 years of extremely low interest rates leading to economic stimulus, tax cuts, and spending and borrowing sprees, we now have the highest inflation in 40 years. But as the federal reserve tries to lower inflation by hiking interest rates, many economists and DC politicians are now openly acknowledging that we may be headed for a recession.  So what can Congress and the Biden administration do? Concord Coalition policy director Tori Gorman and chief economist Steve Robinson join me.     

Social Security and Medicare Creep Towards Insolvency

June 15th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, we once again return to an all-star panel of Concord Coalition experts to examine the latest reports from the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.  Those reports show that without major action by Congress, the Medicare Trust Fund will be out of money by 2028, and the Social Security Trust Fund will be depleted by 2035. Concord Communications Director Av Harris sits in as guest host.   

David Gergen: It’s time for Baby Boomers to Pass the Baton

June 8th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, we hear from Harvard Kennedy School of Government professor of public service David Gergen, who served as a White House Advisor to four US presidents (Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton). Gergen has written a new book called "Hearts Touched with Fire: How Great Leaders are made." His main conclusion: It's time for the Baby Boomer generation to exit stage left and pass the baton of leadership onto Generation X, Millenials, and Gen-Z. 

Breaking Down the 10-year CBO Federal Budget Baseline

June 1st, 2022

This Week on Facing the Future, we take a deep dive into the latest 10-year federal budget and economic outlook newly released by the Congressional Budget Office.  Concord Coalition Executive Director Bob Bixby, chief economist Steve Robinson, policy director Tori Gorman and national field director Phil Smith all team up to crunch the numbers and translate what they mean for your future, in a program hosted by Concord's communications director Av Harris.

COVID Lingers. Have We Learned Any Lessons?

May 25th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future we’ll get an update on COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations are rising again. We’ll discuss the outlook with Dr. Jodie Guest, an epidemiologist and professor at Emory University. She also serves as an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control. As we face a third summer with COVID, what lessons have we learned and what needs to be done.? Plus, we'll find out whether Monkeypox is a new threat.

Not Your Father’s Cold War

May 18th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, we look at the war in Ukraine with Dr. Adam Stulberg, Sam Nunn Professor and Chair in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech University. Concord Coalition policy director Tori Gorman and national field director Phil Smith join the conversation. We'll get Dr Stulberg's perspectives on why Americans should care about this conflict; whether sanctions are an effective tool against Russian aggression; what constitutes "victory," and what long-term consequences may come from the war.

Congress has a Tall Agenda and a Short Clock

May 11th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, we’ll look at the busy congressional agenda. between now and the end of the campaign-shortened legislative session. Among the agenda items we'll discuss are: Emergency supplemental aid for Ukraine, additional COVID funding, student loan cancellation, inflation concerns and immigration reform. Plus, we'll ask whether there will ever be a Gen X president. Our guest is Jon Lieber, a former top congressional strategist and now managing director of Eurasia Group's United States Practice. Concord Coalition Policy Director Tori Gorman joins the conversation.

First Quarter GDP: Down But Not Out

May 4th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future we’ll look at the state of the economy, including  the first quarter GDP report, inflation expectations, the prospects for a "soft landing" as the Fed begins to tighten monetary policy, and whether there are any glimmers of hope for immigration reform. Our guest is Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and former director of the Congressional Budget Office. Concord Coalition policy director Tori Gorman and chief economist Steve Robinson joined the conversation.

How the Younger Generation Views Fiscal Sustainability

April 27th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future, we hear the voices of college students from all over the country who recently competed in the finals of the national fiscal challenge in Washington DC. We also speak with one of the judges for the competition, Diane Lim, the Democratic policy director for the Congressional Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth. 

The Economic and Budgetary Challenges of Climate Change

April 20th, 2022

This week on Facing the Future we look at the potential budgetary and economic effects of climate change. Hint: They aren't good. Our guest is Brian Keane, President of SmartPower, a nonprofit organization focused on renewable energy. Then we discuss whether the Fed can slow inflation without throwing the economy into recession. Tori Gorman and Steve Robinson weigh in.

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