American Metamorphosis

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A climate crisis. A pandemic. An economy in free fall. The task of addressing our most pressing national issues requires swift transformations at the highest levels of government. And that starts with an effective presidential transition. Are we getting it right?   In American Metamorphosis, a limited-series weekly podcast from Boston Consulting Group and Atlantic Re:think, the branded content studio at The Atlantic, we’re examining how the obstacles and opportunities faced by every new administration connect to everything from boardrooms to blockbusters, scandals and successes.

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Goodbye, Kansas
There is perhaps no greater test of government than times of crisis. When conditions are changing rapidly and the nation’s future hangs in the balance, what’s the best way for leaders to move forward? In the second episode of American Metamorphosis, Hollywood producer Jim Bloom finds parallels to presidential challenges in a career spent putting out fires and braving snowstorms in the movie business. Historian Louis Hyman corrects common misconceptions about the New Deal in a look back at how President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the country—and brought electricity to rural America—during the Great Depression. Finally, Emily Serazin, Managing Director & Partner at Boston Consulting Group, assesses how the Biden administration can balance flexibility with stability in its management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Feb 23, 2021
The Collider
Unwritten rules and regulations around presidential transitions leave our government vulnerable to failure. In the debut episode of American Metamorphosis, Congressman Ritchie Torres explains why the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol underscores the fragility of democracy. Max Stier, the CEO of Partnership for Public Service, and Danny Werfel, Managing Director & Partner at Boston Consulting Group, look back at delayed presidential transitions in history, and highlight the consequences for national security and foreign policy. Finally, we examine how the transition playbook can be strengthened to prevent future threats.
Feb 15, 2021