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.

Episode Date
The Butterfly Effect
2039
Business and government leaders are becoming acutely aware that the degradation of our planet has costs for all industries and all people. In this episode, host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani explores how leaders in government and beyond can come together to tackle the behemoth goal of creating a sustainable economy. Monique Coombs of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association describes how the global ecological crisis is impacting Maine’s oceanfront community. Rich Lesser, CEO of Boston Consulting Group, explains why we don't have to choose between saving the planet and saving the economy. Dr. Eric Green of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health describes the international collaborative research effort to sequence human DNA.
Mar 30, 2021
The Mountaintop
2202
Mass movements can inspire leaders to make bold policy promises. In the fifth episode of American Metamorphosis, host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani examines what it takes for leaders to make transformative change actually happen. Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III explains how he built consensus to turn the National Museum of African American History and Culture from an idea into a reality. Author Todd Purdum reflects on how President Lyndon Johnson and civil rights leaders passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Business icon Jim Lowry recalls the challenges of bringing racial equity to corporate America after the civil rights era. And Kedra Newsom Reeves, Managing Director & Partner at BCG, suggests how private companies can help close the racial wealth gap.
Mar 23, 2021
Moonshots
1871
How do we get to where we're going—both literally and figuratively? Innovation. In this episode of American Metamorphosis, host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani examines how leaders calculate their most ambitious “moonshot” programs, and how those initiatives can be an unexpected catalyst for widespread progress. Reporter and historian John Morris tells the political struggle that led to the creation of New York City’s subway system. Historian and Smithsonian curator Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony explains how the Apollo space mission helped the country meet future challenges. Steve Mills, a Managing Director & Partner at Boston Consulting Group and leader in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, describes how President Biden can propel the country forward through the development of AI-enabled government.
Mar 16, 2021
An Open Window
1686
A president’s first 100 days carry immense pressure to succeed. Memorable wins can build momentum, but mishaps will be magnified by public scrutiny. In the third episode of American Metamorphosis, journalist and author Helene Cooper describes how Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf used the period immediately after her inauguration to set the country on a path to full international debt forgiveness after more than a decade of civil war. Julia Dhar, co-founder and leader of BeSmart, Boston Consulting Group’s behavioral economics and insights initiative, explains how leaders make decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Danny Werfel, Managing Director & Partner at Boston Consulting Group, describes how President Obama implemented the Recovery Act almost immediately after he was sworn into office.
Mar 02, 2021
Goodbye, Kansas
1679
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
1562
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