What happens when you cross the 43rd President, late night sketch comedy, and interesting conversation? The inspiration behind The Strategerist -- a podcast highlighting leadership and compassion.
December 10, 2019
Sgt. First Class Michael Rodriguez— From Special Forces to CEO
Sgt. First Class Michael Rodriguez is a Green Beret that grew up in a military family, is now a military parent, and is even a military spouse -- and he's currently President and CEO of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation.
December 3, 2019
Episode 12: Mrs. Laura Bush
First Lady Laura Bush shares memories from her childhood that led to her passion for conservation, memories from Christmas at the White House, and her recent trip to Jordan.
November 19, 2019
After Hours: The Duties of Citizens
As a part of our democracy, our rights as citizens also come with responsibilities. How can we as individuals make our union a stronger one?
November 12, 2019
Episode 11: Alexander McCall Smith
"Sandy" has taken millions of readers to the heart of Botswana through his best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. We explore the beautiful African nation his characters live in and what book he considers a must-read.
November 5, 2019
Episode 10: Congressman Dan Crenshaw
Congressman Crenshaw went from Texas to Venezuela as a kid, the Middle East and Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL, and recently to SNL and Capitol Hill. We discuss Central America and his transition from the military.
November 5, 2019
Episode 09: Dylan Tête— Building A Community of Resilience
Dylan Tête is building the Bastion Community of Resilience, a community in New Orleans where military families who need assistance can find the support they need.
October 29, 2019
Episode 08: General Peter Pace— Lessons in Leadership
General Peter Pace shares with us what he learned from the battlefields of Vietnam to his post as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
October 22, 2019
Episode 07: Margaret Spellings— A Life in Education Policy
Former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings shares what she would focus on if she was running for president and the nickname she got saddled with in the 90’s.
October 15, 2019
Episode 06: Admiral James Stavridis— The Voyage of Character
What can we learn about ourselves in this era of social media by reading the stories of past admirals and seafarers? We talk leadership with Admiral James Stavridis.
October 8, 2019
Episode 05: Karen Hughes— Clarity, Conviction, and Compassion
Karen Hughes was a key counselor to President Bush, but is proudest of the titles wife and mother. She shares how she balanced it all and found ways to put family first.
October 1, 2019
Episode 04: Marne Levine— From D.C. to Silicon Valley
Facebook's Marne Levine shifted from D.C. to Silicon Valley in 2010 and had to learn to put her love of paper and memos aside. But her D.C. experience has helped her in the tech-driven world.
September 24, 2019
Episode 03: Justice Neil Gorsuch
Justice Neil Gorsuch takes us behind the scenes of the Supreme Court and discusses his New York Times bestselling book, A Republic, If You Can Keep it.
September 17, 2019
Episode 02: Ambassador Deborah Birx— Creating an AIDS-free World
Deborah Birx serves as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator -- and talks about her unique career path and how the U.S. has helped save millions of lives in Africa.
September 10, 2019
Episode 01: Dana Perino
After her time at the White House, Dana Perino became comfortable speaking on behalf of others – including the 43rd president. But as she transitioned into TV roles, she had to develop her own voice.
August 15, 2019
After Hours: Technology for Good
Has technology revolutionized our education system and job market for the good? Bush Institute experts to discuss technology’s influential role in our everyday lives.
August 2, 2019
After Hours: Millennials— America’s Bridge Builders
A panel of Bush Institute millennials discuss how this generation wants to be bridge builders during a tumultuous time, and, of course, avocado toast.
July 5, 2019
Episode 29: Ed Lazear— America's Economy
We go in-depth on economic policy with Stanford economist Ed Lazear, who worked on the 2017 tax reform bill. He explains how it has helped put the country on a faster growth track.
June 28, 2019
Episode 28: Byron Sanders— Helping Youth Chart Their Path
After his time as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, Byron Sanders became CEO of Dallas nonprofit Big Thought. He tells us about Presidents Bush and Clinton’s visit to Big Thought -- and how PLS changed his life.
June 21, 2019
Episode 27: Ian Bremmer— Around the World
On a college trip to Russia as a 16-year-old, Bremmer learned that the world is a complicated global community. We chatted about that trip, foreign affairs, his puppet side project.
June 14, 2019
Episode 26: Dr. Robert Gates— Former Secretary of Defense
Dr. Robert Gates made history by serving as Secretary of Defense for both Presidents Bush and Obama. He talks about the transition and what he learned while serving under eight presidents.
June 6, 2019
Episode 25: Mark Updegrove— LBJ's Legacy
LBJ unexpectedly became 36th president at a pivotal moment in American history. We explore his leadership with the CEO of the LBJ Foundation Mark Updegrove.
May 31, 2019
Episode 24: Jan Langbein— CEO of Genesis Women's Shelter and Support
Jan Langbein discusses how she transformed Genesis from a seven-room shelter to a full-service response center for victims of domestic violence.
May 24, 2019
Episode 23: Nate Boyer – U.S. Army Green Beret and Former Football Player
Before famously suggesting to Colin Kaepernick that he kneel instead of sit for the national anthem, Boyer had been an actor, joined the military, and played football. We chat his life journey and taking risks.
May 17, 2019
Episode 22: President George W. Bush
We sat down with President George W. Bush to discuss leadership, humor, and even the arts – specifically, his painting and dancing.
May 13, 2019
Episode 21: Jimmy Walker
Six-time PGA Tour winner Jimmy Walker talks about his time playing at the Warrior Open and his passion photographing the night sky.
May 10, 2019
Episode 20: Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta
We sat down with the Medal of Honor recipient and Team 43 golfer to talk about his experience at the Warrior Open and the unique healing properties of golf.
May 3, 2019
Episode 19: Richard Casper
Marine Richard Casper got in touch with his creative side to battle PTS and traumatic brain injury. The co-founder of Creativets talks veteran transition -- and performs a song.
May 3, 2019
Episode 18: Secretary Michael Chertoff
What do companies do with data they collect? Former U.S. Secretary Michael Chertoff answered our questions, including why businesses are interested in your grocery shopping and fitness habits.
April 26, 2019
Episode 17: Dan Gilbert
Detroit native Dan Gilbert was forced to watch his hometown become a shell of its former self. But as his businesses saw success, he became a central figure in Detroit's revitalization.
April 26, 2019
Episode 16: Anne Finucane
Societies are stronger when women have access to the tools and financial resources they need. Bank of America's Anne Finucane is working to move the world toward that goal.
April 19, 2019
Episode 15: Gary Sinise
Award-winning actor and director Gary Sinise, famous for his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, shares how he found his calling: to see that those who defend this country are never forgotten.
April 12, 2019
Episode 14: Joshua Bolten
Joshua Bolten served as White House Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2009. We chat about why laughter was key to making the job feel less heavy and how he decompressed after the White House.
April 5, 2019
Episode 13: #SabotagingDemocracy
We chat with the German Marshall Fund's Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly, who have done extensive research on why the U.S. and other countries are under attack from Russia and China.
March 29, 2019
Episode 12: Ambassador Roya Rahmani
We chat with the first female ambassador of Afghanistan to the U.S. about her childhood prior to Taliban rule and her optimism for a peaceful future for Afghanistan.
March 22, 2019
Episode 11: Congressman Will Hurd
We chatted with Congressman Will Hurd about immigration, the CIA, and why he decided to Facebook Live a 36 hour road trip with Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
March 15, 2019
Episode 10: A Chat with 41’s Personal Aides
As personal aides to President George H.W. Bush, Tim McBride, and Tom Frechette spent long hours with — and came to personally know — our 41st president. They share behind-the-scenes stories from their time as presidential aides, illustrating the man they knew and that so many loved.
March 8, 2019
Episode 09: Connie Duckworth
In 2004, the former Goldman Sachs exec founded ARZU Studio Hope, an organization empowering women in Afghanistan by providing jobs, education, and healthcare.
March 1, 2019
Episode 08: Bill Browder
Bill Browder is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s number one enemy. We chat about his campaign to expose Putin and Russian government officials for corruption and human rights abuses.
February 22, 2019
Episode 07: Ambassador Antonio Garza
Former Ambassador to Mexico Garza discusses trade and immigration with our southern neighbor, having grown up along the Texas-Mexico border the grandson of Mexican immigrants.
February 15, 2019
Episode 06: Cokie Roberts
Cokie Roberts chats about the transformation of D.C. and journalism — for the better and worse — and how she ended up in Tanzania interviewing First Ladies Bush and Obama.
February 6, 2019
Episode 05: Henry Cisneros
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros discusses what makes San Antonio special and how its welcoming culture can be a model for the nation.
January 23, 2019
Episode 04: Niloofar Rahmani
Like all women under Taliban rule, Captain Rahmani was forbidden basic rights. But her story is one of courage, as she became the first female fighter pilot in the Afghan military after the fall of the Taliban.
January 23, 2019
Episode 03: James Farmer
The conservationist, interior designer and best-selling author is saving the world one plant at a time. We chat robotic bees, the beauty of native plants, and life as a business owner.
January 23, 2019
Episode 02: Harris Faulkner
Fox News' Harris Faulkner is a proud military brat. We chat about her father’s time serving in the Army, which included three tours in Vietnam, and how her mom was a pillar of support and strength.
January 23, 2019
Episode 01: Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina rose from secretary to CEO of a Fortune 50 company. We discuss her childhood and how living in Ghana influenced her perception of democracy.