Burn the Boats

Burn the Boats

Burn the Boats is an award-winning podcast featuring intimate conversations with change-makers from every walk of life. Host Ken Harbaugh interviews politicians, authors, activists, and others about the most important issues of our time.

Episodes

February 20, 2024 56 mins
Tim Alberta is an award winning journalist, author, and staff writer for The Atlantic. His new book, The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, is a personal examination of the evangelical movement, and how it has turned America itself into an object of idolatry. In this interview, Tim talks about his book and how the evangelical movement has become almost inseparable from the extremist wing of the GOP.  Get a free thirty-day supply ...
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 Dr. Steven Hassan is a licensed mental health professional and recognized expert on cults. His book, The Cult of Trump, examines how Trump has built a base with fanatical devotion. Dr. Hassan correctly predicted that there would be violence after the 2020 election if Trump did not win.  In this interview, Hassan explains in detail how he was indoctrinated by the “Moonie” cult (the Unification Church), how he escaped, and the dang...
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February 6, 2024 51 mins
Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and an expert on violence. In 2017 she edited The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, in which she and 37 other mental health professionals deemed Trump’s mental state to be a clear and present danger to the country. Since then, she has published a full psychological profile of the former president called Profile of a Nation.  In this interview Dr. Lee discusses Trump’s mental state, and the da...
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January 30, 2024 64 mins
While serving as the Assistant Attorney General of New York, Tristan Snell prosecuted Trump University, the Trump Organization, and Donald Trump himself. Tristan’s new book, Taking Down Trump, talks about that case, and lays out the 12 rules for prosecuting Donald Trump.  In this interview, Tristan talks about Trump’s legal strategy, our current judicial system, and Trump’s history of lies. Visit https://Lomi.com/BOATS and use co...
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Eugene Vindman is a former Army Colonel and prosecutor who is running to represent Virginia’s 7th district.  In 2019, While serving as the National Security Council’s senior ethics officer in the White House, Eugene Vindman’s twin brother Alex, who served on the NSC, alerted him of Trump’s infamous call with President Zelensky of Ukraine, and together, Eugene and Alex Vindmand reported that call. That incident led to Donald Trump’...
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Tina Nguyen is a national news reporter whose first job was working for Tucker Carlson. Her new book, The MAGA Diaries, explains how young people are indoctrinated into the conservative movement. Tina has since turned her back on right-wing politics and become one of MAGA’s most insightful critics. In this interview, Tina talks about being indoctrinated, working with Tucker Carlson, leaving the right-wing, and witnessing the insur...
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Sergeant Aquilino Gonell was one of the police officers who defended the capitol against insurrectionists on January 6th, 2021. The injuries he sustained that day ended his career in law enforcement, and his new book, American Shield, tells the story of the attack.  In this interview, Aquilino recounts what he saw on January 6th, and explains how he and his fellow officers were betrayed by many of the Republican legislators they f...
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Jared Yates Sexton is a political analyst and author. His book The Midnight Kingdom examines how white supremacist lies, religious mythologies, and poisonous conspiracy theories built the modern world and threaten to plunge us into an authoritarian nightmare. In this interview, Jared discusses his book, and examines how the right has created a mythologized version of our country which allows them to push an extremist agenda.  Wat...
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Dr. Khyati Joshi is an expert on the intersecting issues of race and religion in the US. Her book White Christian Privilege describes how Christianity has influenced US history, embedded itself in our institutions and society, and pushed religious freedom to the wayside. In this interview she uses the “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” debate to illustrate the points she makes in the book.  Go to https://neurohacker.com/BOATS...
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Frank’s father Francis Schaeffer was a prominent evangelical theologian in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Together, Frank and his father made several influential evangelical films and books, and heavily influenced religious education, conservative policy, and the evangelical movement. The New York Times once called them “Evangelical Royalty”. Frank left the church in “disgust” after witnessing “unchristlike behavior” on a leadership le...
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December 12, 2023 53 mins
Ravi Gupta attended Yale Law School with now Senator Josh Hawley. They became friends, and Hawley even met his mom a few times. Since then, Ravi says Senator Hawley has turned his back on his convictions. In this interview, Ravi discusses Hawley and other politicians who will do or say anything to gain power. – Ravi Gupta held several positions during the first term of the Obama administration, including Special Assistant and Sp...
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December 5, 2023 58 mins
Stuart Stevens dedicated his life to getting Republicans elected. He worked for dozens of candidates, including both Bush and Romney during their presidential campaigns, and was extremely successful. Now however, Stuart regrets the part he played in the rise of Trumpism. In 2020, he wrote It Was All a Lie, about his time in the Republican party, and how Trumpism is “the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion...
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November 28, 2023 42 mins
Mark Chiusano is a columnist who has been covering George Santos since 2019. His new book, The Fabulist, peels back the lies, grifts, and alter-egos of Santos to reveal who really represents the 3rd district of New York. In this interview, Mark details how Santos’s lies are evidence of deep-rooted insecurity and a lust for fame. He also shares his favorite moments from Santos’s career, and explains how Santos and other politicians...
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Amy McGrath is a Marine Corps Vet who ran for the Senate in Kentucky in 2020. Since then, she’s sayed active in politics, and has founded Operation Saving Democracy, a veteran-led organization that’s dedicated to defeating Trumpism. In this interview, Amy discusses how republicans are planning to seize power after winning the presidency in what’s called “Project 2025”, authoritarianism within the Republican Party, and how one repu...
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November 14, 2023 48 mins
David Pepper is the former Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. You may have seen one of his viral white board videos on twitter, where he breaks down Republican attempts to undermine our democracy. In this interview, David discusses the recent house speaker races, meeting Putin and the war in Ukraine, and how pro-democracy forces need to go on offense in order to preserve majority rule.  Check out David’s new book, Saving Demo...
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Evergreen Podcasts, the network that brings you Burn the Boats, is pleased to introduce Countdown to Dallas. On the sixtieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, former White House correspondent Paul Brandus takes an in-depth look at the seemingly unconnected events that led to that infamous afternoon in Dallas, Texas. He explores the troubled and broken life of Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, and ch...
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November 7, 2023 50 mins
Nancy MacLean is a historian and professor at Duke University. Her book Democracy in Chains details how the radical right, funded by billionaires, has slowly molded the American political landscape to change the rules of democracy in their favor… all with the help of an economist you have likely never heard of.  Today’s episode is guest hosted by Amanda Weinstein. She studies the quality of life in suburban America and is the co-h...
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October 31, 2023 49 mins
Pat Ryan is an Army combat vet who represents New York’s 18th district. In this interview, he talks about the unprecedented House Speaker elections, right-wing extremism, and his new resolution.  Go to https://neurohacker.com/BOATS to try Qualia Senolytic with code BOATS for up to 50% off Qualia Senolytic Get up to 50% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/BOATS and use code CYBER at checkout. Learn more about your a...
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Dr. Kathleen Belew is a historian and expert on the American white power movement. In this episode, she explains how the rhetoric used by Trump and Alt-Right groups is both dangerous and purposeful.  Dr. Kathleen Belew is a professor at Northwestern University and author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America.  You can find Kathleen on Twitter at @Kathleen_Belew, and learn more about her at kathl...
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Katherine Stewart is a reporter and author who has covered religious liberty, politics, policy, and education for over a decade. Her book The Power Worshippers details how the religious right has risen to power, and how they plan to use that power to impose their vision on American Society. This episode is guest hosted by Dara Starr Tucker. Following the January 6th insurrection, Dara was inspired to educate others about the polit...
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