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American Metamorphosis

A Podcast Series From BCG

American Metamorphosis

The Oldsmar water treatment plant breach. The Colonial Pipeline hack. The July 4th REvil ransomware attack.

Cybercrime is on the rise, and experts say it presents one of the greatest threats to national security in the 21st century. But American cyberdefense isn’t rising to the challenge. Can we strengthen it in time to prevent a calamity?

A brand new bonus episode of American Metamorphosis, the podcast from Boston Consulting Group and Atlantic Re:think, the branded content studio within The Atlantic, tackles that question. In conversation with cybersecurity experts, host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani explores how attacks have grown more sophisticated, and what leaders in business and government can do to keep us safe.

Bonus Episode

Systems Down

Cybersecurity goes beyond simple password protection, firewalls, and VPNs.


Listen to Season One

The task of addressing our most pressing national issues requires swift transformations at the highest levels of government. That process begins with the peaceful transitions of presidential power. What does it take to get it right?

Episode Six

The Butterfly Effect

Transitions empower us to envision and build a sustainable future.


Episode Five

The Mountaintop

Administrations need to move mountains to enact transformative policy.


Episode Four


New administrations can pave the way for innovation through monumental government projects.


Episode Three

An Open Window

The first 100 days of a new administration tests a president’s priorities and competency.


Episode Two

Goodbye, Kansas

Moments of crisis present unique challenges—and unexpected opportunities—for incoming presidents.


Episode One

The Collider

Our most consequential national security challenges reveal why we need a stronger transitions playbook.


About the Partnership

For civil servants, forging a path forward in the coming years will require a combination of creative thinking and expert insight. That’s why Atlantic Re:think, the branded content studio within The Atlantic, and Boston Consulting Group have joined hands. Through a podcast, thought leadership, and a live event, we’re exploring strategies for navigating the rigors ahead.

With special thanks to Catherine Manfre, Nidhi Sinha, Danny Werfel, and Brooke Bollyky at BCG.

Watch Assembling an Administration An AtlanticLIVE event underwritten by BCG

What does it take to set a new course for national policy and politics? In the AtlanticLIVE event, Assembling an Administration, Atlantic journalists speak with current and former government officials as well as election experts about what the on-ramp to the presidency looks like.