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Insightful, nonpartisan and critically important discussions on America's toughest problems between elected leaders, public health and economic experts.

Insightful, nonpartisan and critically important discussions on America's toughest problems between elected leaders, public health and economic experts.


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Insightful, nonpartisan and critically important discussions on America's toughest problems between elected leaders, public health and economic experts.








Thomas Friedman Thinks 'We are in a Third Promethean Moment'

Tom Friedman describes this as a “Promethean Moment,” a moment that destabilizes and changes the world around us. He says the Right/Left party politics that have existed for 250 years are in the process of becoming obsolete as globalization and technology have sped up exponentially. Go to to learn more about how we are bringing together a bipartisan group of public and private leaders working to solve America’s toughest problems. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter •...


No Labels Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, No Labels began a journey to build the bipartisan governing coalition capable of solving America’s toughest problems. In this episode, hear from the leaders and elected officials who built this movement. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter • Facebook • Instagram


Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach Answers Your Vaccine Questions

Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach is president of Samaritan Health Initiatives, Inc. and an adjunct professor at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He was formerly the Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration from 2006–2009. In this episode, he will discuss COVID-19 vaccines and answer questions on their development, implementation, and impact. Dr. von Eschenbach marvels at the speed at which COVID-19 vaccines were created. Where it could previously take 15 years...


Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Former Commissioner of the FDA

We hear from Dr. Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine. She currently serves as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine and chair of the NTI | bio Advisory Group. She is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), having served for almost six years. In this episode, she discusses the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the distribution and access to those vaccines once they have been developed. Dr....


What Should Happen in the First 100 Days of the New Congress?

In this episode, we open up the conversation to No Labels’ members to discuss what they think should be the top priorities for No Labels in the first hundred days of the new Biden Administration and the new Congress. It will be no surprise that the new president’s first task will be the containment of COVID-19, but No Labels is in a unique position to help determine what comes next. In the next Congress No Labels’ bipartisan coalition in the House and the Senate could emerge as the pivotal...


Divided We Stand: Democrats and Republicans Diverge on U.S. Foreign Policy

Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura are both experts on public opinion and foreign policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. They will discuss their recent report about American views on foreign policy in the age of COVID-19. Smeltz and Kafura say voters do not generally choose a candidate on the basis of foreign policy, but that’s starting to change amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. As indicated by the title of their report, Divided We Stand, Democrats and Republicans do not generally...


The Responsibility of State Governance with David Crane

David Crane is a lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University and the founder and president of Govern for California, which is working to bring a more pragmatic approach to state government. In this episode, he discusses the work of Govern for California and the critical, but often under-appreciated, effect that local and state government has on our lives. David Crane explains that when he began in state government advising Arnold Schwarzenegger, he was stunned by how little he knew...


A Look at America's Foreign Policy with General H.R. McMaster

In this episode, we’ll hear from General H.R. McMaster, who served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018, after which he served as President Trump’s National Security Advisor. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Today, he will discuss his recent book, Battlegrounds, which examines the most critical security and foreign policy challenges facing the US. General...


Challenges to Scientific Consensus on COVID-19 with Dr. Arturo Casadevall and Dr. Nigel Paneth

Dr. Casadevall is the chair of the Molecular Microbiology & Immunology department at Johns Hopkins University. And Dr. Panth is a Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Pediatrics at Michigan State University. Today, they will discuss their recent Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which they explore why it is often so hard for scientists to reach consensus about COVID-19. In their Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, the doctors asked two questions: What are the standards of evidence in...


A Lesson in Negotiation with William Ury

William Ury, a co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and one of the world’s leading experts on mediation discusses his impression of the country's current problem-solving methods and what needs to change. William Ury notes that a key to productive problem solving is finding solutions that work for both parties, and in the case of national issues, he calls it a “win-win-win” - a win for both sides of the aisle is a win for the country as well. He believes achieving these...


Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic with Johnese Spisso, President of UCLA Health

Johnese Spisso is the President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System, and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences. In this episode, she discusses her experiences managing a major hospital system through the COVID-19 crisis, and her outlook for the fall. Ms. Spisso explains that successfully managing a pandemic relies on the three S’s: sufficient staffing of hospitals and healthcare facilities; the right supplies or PPE to keep patients, staff, and families safe; and a...


A Conversation with Howard University President Wayne Frederick on the Changing Landscape of Higher Education

Dr. Wayne Frederick was appointed president of Howard University in 2014, before which he had served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the university. He is also the Chair of Surgery. Today, he will discuss the role Howard University is playing in the racial climate in the country and in higher education. Dr. Frederick discusses the unique challenges and objectives of Howard University in representing the black community and educating students who might otherwise not have access to...


Dr. Mark Duggan and Dr. Andrew Johnston Discuss the Hidden Tax Bill Approaching for Businesses

Dr. Mark Duggan is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, focusing much of his research on the healthcare sector. And Dr. Andrew Johnston is an assistant professor of economics at University of California, Merced. Today, they will discuss the Op-Ed they recently co-authored in the Wall Street Journal on a big and hidden tax bill that could be coming for businesses at the worst possible time. Earlier this year, COVID-19 crushed the US economy and caused our...


General David Petraeus Discusses Strategic Leadership

David Petraeus is a retired United States Army General, having served in the military for 37 years. During that time, he was commander of U.S. Central Command and led combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from the service, he served as director of the CIA during the Obama Administration. He is now chairman of the KKR Global Institute. Today, he discusses what kind of strategic leadership is needed to run and manage successful organizations. General Petraeus identifies...


General George W. Casey Discusses Civil-Military Relations

George Casey retired as a four star general after having served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army and Commanding General of the Multi-National Force in Iraq. Today he will discuss the state of civil - military relationships, and the stress they are currently under in America. General Casey reminds us that American democracy has always necessitated a separation of military command and civilian control. He also notes that there is a misconception of the military's role in domestic...


Political Reporters Eleanor Clift and Joe Concha

Eleanor Clift is a political reporter, a columnist for The Daily Beast, and a contributor to MSNBC. And Joe Concha is a reporter for The Hill. Today, they will discuss the upcoming election, Supreme Court nomination, and the role that news consumption and bipartisanship play in our nation’s discourse. Both Eleanor Clift and Joe Concha look back wistfully to times of compromise, during the Carter and Obama administrations. Concha notes that politicians on the fringes get the most air time on...


No Labels Youth Congress

No Labels convenes a group of young Americans looking to unite those who would rather solve problems than endure toxic partisanship. This is the first of many meetings with young people to hear their voice and share their concerns with other future leaders of America. Follow No Labels and Gridlock Break Twitter • Facebook • Instagram


Larry Diamond Examines the Threats Around the World to Democracy

Larry Diamond is a professor of Sociology and Political Science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He also supervises the democracy program at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford. Today, he will discuss the global assault that has continued for several years on liberal democracies everywhere. Larry Diamond warns against the dangers of political parties delegitimizing their opponents. He explains that these are warning...


Former Congressman John Delaney Discusses Overcoming Divisiveness

John Delaney represented Maryland in the US House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. In 2017, he launched a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Before running for Congress, he co-founded two publicly traded companies focused on making loans more readily available for small businesses. Today, he discusses the need for bipartisanship at this uniquely divisive and difficult moment in American history. As awful as the current crisis is, John Delaney believes it will produce...


Arthur Brooks on Leadership and Happiness

Arthur Brooks is a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. He served as president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank, for ten years before that. He is the author of 11 books, including two New York Times best sellers, The Road to Freedom, and The Conservative Heart. Today, he discusses his work at Harvard, specifically his class entitled, “Leadership and Happiness.” Before joining AEI, Arthur Brooks was a behavioral social...