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To stop the virus, save lives and get Americans back to work, we need millions of citizens and government leaders to embrace No Labels politics of problem solving. Tune in to Gridlock Break every week to hear the most insightful, nonpartisan and critically important discussions on the coronavirus crisis between elected leaders, public health and economic experts.


Lawrence Summers Discusses Economic Trends in the COVID-19 Era
Jul 6 • 55 min
Lawrence Summers previously served as Chief Economist of the World Bank, Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration, and director of the National Economic Council in the Obama Administration. He also served as president of Harvard University,…
German Ambassador Emily Haber Discusses the German Experience Fighting COVID-19
Jul 3 • 54 min
Ambassador Emily Haber has been German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018. Prior to her transfer to Washington, DC, she served in various leadership functions at the Foreign Office in Berlin. In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and,…
Chief Gary Ludwig Discusses COVID-19’s Impact on Frontline Workers
Jul 1 • 46 min
Chief Gary Ludwig has managed two metropolitan EMS systems (Memphis and St. Louis), and has pioneered many concepts which are now standard practice in fire and EMS systems nationwide. He currently serves as the fire chief of Champaign, Illinois and is…
Dr. James Canton, Global Futurist and Social Scientist, on Global Trends
Jun 29 • 52 min
Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist and author, who has advised three White House Administrations and over 100 companies. As a former Apple Computer executive and high tech entrepreneur, he is a longtime forecaster of the key…
Former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
Jun 26 • 49 min
Michael Huerta was the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration from 2013-2018. He also held senior positions in the Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration. Today, he will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on…
Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Discusses the State of Affordable Housing in America
Jun 22 • 61 min
Jonathan Reckford has been the CEO of Habitat for Humanity since 2005. Before that, he served as an executive at Circuit City and the Walt Disney Company, as well as an executive pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Minnesota. Under his leadership,…
Representative Emanuel Cleaver Discusses How America Can Address Racial Inequality
Jun 19 • 37 min
Emanuel Cleaver has represented Missouri in the US House of Representatives since 2005. Previously, he was mayor of Kansas City, as well as the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church. Today, he will discuss several ideas he believes can combat…
Anne-Marie Slaughter and Glen Weyl Discuss their Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience
Jun 15 • 61 min
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America, a think and action tank dedicated to renewing the promise of America, and a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning…
Mark Penn Discusses the Results of the May 2020 Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll
Jun 12 • 50 min
For decades, Mark Penn has been one of America’s foremost experts on measuring and shaping public opinion. He is the founder of The Stagwell Group, a private equity fund, who previously held senior executive roles with Microsoft and WPP. He also led or…
Jeff Currie of Goldman Sachs Discusses the Energy Markets and what can be Learned from the Reopening of China’s Economy
Jun 8 • 51 min
Dr. Jeff Currie is global head of Commodities Research at Goldman Sachs, where he has held various positions since 1996. His research helps the firm and its clients with corporate risk management programs, short and long- term commodity investment…
Mark Cuban Discusses the Need for Leadership and Understanding
Jun 5 • 63 min
Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur, television personality and investor. He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, and one of the main “shark” investors on ABC’s Shark Tank. Today, he’ll discuss the kind of leadership he thinks…
Dr. David Skorton discusses the effect of this pandemic on healthcare enterprises throughout the country
Jun 3 • 45 min
Dr. David J. Skorton is president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a not-for-profit institution that represents the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies. Dr. Skorton previously served as the 13th…
Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Jun 1 • 50 min
Dr. Richard Besser discusses what his foundation is doing throughout this pandemic and how his experience developing emergency response preparedness at CDC has influenced his response now.
John Barry, Author of The Great Influenza, Discusses Similarities and Differences Between Coronavirus and the 1918 Pandemic
May 29 • 60 min
John Barry, author of the The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, discusses the comparisons that can be made between Coronavirus and the Influenza virus that caused the 1918 pandemic. He discusses the differences in the…
Scientists to Stop COVID-19
May 27 • 63 min
Doctors David Liu, Michael Rosbash, Stuart Schreiber, Ramnik Xavier and Edward Skolnick come from different disciplines and research areas, but have united behind this effort to help policymakers develop a comprehensive and science based approach to stop…
Secretary Tom Vilsack Discusses the Impact of Covid-19 on Agriculture, Farmers, and Rural Economies
May 25 • 61 min
Tom Vilsack was the governor of Iowa from 1999 until 2007 before serving as President Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture. Since 2017, he has served as the president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council, a trade group representing the interest of US dairy…
Dr. Campbell Harvey on the Future of the Economy and the Recovery
May 22 • 46 min
Campbell R. Harvey is a professor of finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as President of the American Finance Association in 2016. Today, he discusses the…
Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, on the Impact of Infrastructure after COVID-19
May 20 • 60 min
Dan Doctoroff is the CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company he founded in partnership with Google that develops products, services and platforms to help make cities become more efficient. He discusses an OpEd he wrote in The New York Times…
Clinical Professor Richard Berner Discusses the Economic Effects of the Virus and Washington’s Response
May 15 • 43 min
Richard Berner is a Clinical Professor of Management Practice at the NYU Stern School of Business. He was a counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary from 2011 to 2013, before becoming the first director of the department’s Office of Financial Research.…
Philip K. Howard of Common Good Discusses How to Overhaul the Way Government Works
May 13 • 45 min
Phil Howard is the founder and CEO of Common Good, a nonpartisan reform coalition with the goal of restoring the freedom of officials and citizens to use common sense. He is a noted commentator on the effects of modern law and bureaucracy on human…
Dr. Deepak Srivastava and the Science of Infection, Testing, and Treatment
May 11 • 59 min
Deepak Srivastava is president of Gladstone Institutes. He is also the Younger Family Professor and a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and director of the Roddenberry Stem Cell Center. At UC San Francisco (UCSF),…
Dr. Mickey Levy and Dr. Robert Kaplan Discuss How to Get the Economy Open Again
May 8 • 51 min
Dr. Mickey Levy is chief economist for the Americas and Asia for Berenberg Capital Markets, LLC. He has over 30 years’ experience conducting economic and public policy research and forecasting global and US economic and financial market performance. Dr.…
The Science Behind COVID-19 with Dr. William Haseltine
May 6 • 43 min
Dr. Willian Haseltine is a pioneer in biotechnology with his works on cancer, HIV/AIDS, and genomics. He’s currently the chair and president of Access Health International, where he is dedicated to ensuring that quantum advancements in medical technology…
Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
May 4 • 52 min
Dr. Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases, and from June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State. He was awarded a regents professorship in…
Former FEMA Director, Craig Fugate
May 1 • 59 min
Craig Fugate is one of the world’s leading experts in emergency and crisis management, having served as President Obama’s FEMA. During his tenure, he led the agency through more than 500 presidentially declared major disasters and emergencies. He also…
Governor Jared Polis of Colorado shares his perspective as a Governor managing the COVID-19 Crisis
Apr 29 • 37 min
Governor Jared Polis of Colorado is an entrepreneur, education leader, and public servant. By the time he had turned 30, he’d launched three successful companies, including ProFlowers, one of the world’s leading online flower retailers. He was elected to…
Dr. Kenneth Davis, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System
Apr 27 • 31 min
Trained in psychiatry and pharmacology, Dr. Kenneth Davis became president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health system in 2003. He is in a unique position to speak about the impact of COVID-19 as many of his nurses and doctors are on the front lines of fighting…
Paul Romer and Senator Bill Cassidy Discuss the Importance of Testing in Order to Return to Normalcy
Apr 24 • 43 min
Economist and policy entrepreneur Paul Romer is a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences and University Professor in Economics at NYU. He has spent his career at the intersection of economics, innovation, technology, and urbanization,…
Glenn Hubbard Discusses Economic Recovery and the Federal Reserve Response to COVID-19
Apr 22 • 44 min
On this episode of Gridlock Break, we hear from Glenn Hubbard, the former dean of Columbia Business School and Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors. He explains why the current Federal Reserve lending program for businesses hurt by…
James Broughel Discusses State and Federal Regulations Related to COVID-19
Apr 20 • 37 min
James Broughel is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an adjunct professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School. He specializes in state and federal regulatory procedures, cost-benefit analysis, and economic…
Congressman Josh Gottheimer and Congressman Tom Reed Discuss the Government’s Response to the Coronavirus Crisis
Apr 17 • 53 min
On this episode of Gridlock Break, House Problem Solvers Caucus co-chairs Josh Gottheimer and Tom Reed discuss the economic relief measures in the recently passed CARES Act as well as plans for subsequent federal support for businesses and individuals hit…
Dr. David Katz Discusses a More Measured Response to Coronavirus
Apr 14 • 61 min
Dr. David Katz has spent much of his career in an attempt to prevent life-threatening aspects of daily life. He is the founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Initiative, the founder and president of True Health Initiative,…
Former US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky Discusses COVID-19’s Impact on Global Trade
Apr 10 • 29 min
As the United States Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001 under the Clinton Administration, Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky served as the nation’s leading trade negotiator. She is now a partner at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.…
Walter Isaacson, Author & Historian
Apr 7 • 64 min
Through his work as an author, Walter Isaacson has exposed us to the lives of Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Benjamin Franklin and has educated us on the science and technology breakthroughs that have occurred over the last 50 years. Today, Mr.…
Dr. Omar Lateef, CEO of Rush University Medical Center
Apr 3 • 57 min
Dr. Omar Lateef is the CEO of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Lateef is leading a large hospital in their response to the Coronavirus and brings a unique perspective both as a physician and a person managing the needs of a…
Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, Former Commissioner of the FDA
Apr 1 • 32 min
On this episode of Gridlock Break, we’re hearing from Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, who formerly led the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA regulates food and medicine, and they’re at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus. Dr. Eschenbach is going…
Gridlock Break Trailer
Mar 31 • 0 min
To stop the virus, save lives and get Americans back to work, we need millions of citizens and government leaders to embrace No Labels politics of problem solving. Gridlock Break, a No Labels podcast, brings you in depth and exclusive discussions with the…