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A Podcast Series From BCG

American Metamorphosis

Introducing Season Four

America may be the country with the most billionaires, the most elite universities, the most of very many things—yet the wages and living standards of the average citizen are in precipitous decline. Burdened by student loan debt, health care bills and more, many Americans are struggling to compete. So how can America transform into a country that fosters competition for all its citizens?

For starters, we need to reconsider competition itself—and in Season Four of American Metamorphosis, we do exactly that. No longer can we simply measure our success by tallying up top-heavy financial gains. We need a sense of fair play, of hope, of true competition for those who are often left without a seat at the table. Through deep storytelling across sectors, Emmy-nominated journalist Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani explores what might at first seem counterintuitive: A more equitable country will indeed produce a more holistically competitive one.

Episode Six

Action Unlocked

Don’t Let Gridlock Stop You

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Episode Five

A Reason To Care

Why leaders should focus on the economic impacts of caregiving

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Episode Four

Walking the Walk

How acting responsibly became the competitive thing for businesses to do.

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Episode Three

The Competitive Ed

The data revolution in K-12 education

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Episode Two

The Fight for Flight

How aviation can prioritize planes–and the planet–for a better future.

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Episode One

Zero-Sum Shame

A more equitable America could be a more competitive one, too

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Today we face vast crises in a number of arenas, from housing to health care, agriculture to AI. As we consider where and how to advance next, we reflect on our past; on moments where hope and history rhymed, and ask ourselves what we are willing to risk to move forward.

Episode Six

Food for Thought

How To Transform Our Agricultural System

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Episode Five

The Cost of Everything

Higher inflation means higher stress and insecurity. Can we lower one without the other?

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Episode Four

Better Together

Will AI render us obsolete?

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Episode Three

Ready or Not?

How to prepare for the next global health threat.

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Episode Two

3D or Not To Be

Increasing affordable housing means reimagining construction altogether.

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Episode One

Higher Perspective

Risk may be the key to innovation - if we’re willing to look.

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The Covid-19 pandemic shifted everything about the way we live, work, and move?—and in doing so exposed the cracks in foundations big and small. But is there an opportunity to rebuild what’s broken?

Episode Six

Whose Streets?

COVID made us rethink what we need from our infrastructure.

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Episode Five

Red Light, Green Light

Supply chains are more fragile than we thought.

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Episode Four

Bridging the Gap

The digital divide in classrooms continues to grow. How can we bridge the gap?

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Episode Three

Trust Fall

A majority of Americans don’t trust the government. Can we change that?

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Episode Two

Fragile Foundations

Support systems for working mothers and caregivers need strengthening.

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Episode One

A New Transition

The COVID-19 pandemic is shaping the future of work.

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Systems Down

Can we strengthen our defenses against cybercrime in time to prevent a calamity?

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The Presidential Transition has long been thought of as a peaceful transfer of power—but what happens when that peace is tested, delayed, or denied? What are the rules for a change in administration… And who decides?

Episode Six

The Butterfly Effect

Transitions empower us to envision and build a sustainable future.

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Episode Five

The Mountaintop

Administrations need to move mountains to enact transformative policy.

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Episode Four

Moonshots

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

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Episode Three

An Open Window

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

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Episode Two

Goodbye, Kansas

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

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Episode One

The Collider

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

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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.