When I was at the Yale School of Management, Bill Donaldson, the School's first Dean -- was the embodiment of the School's mission: To prepare leaders for public, private, and not-for-profit institutions. That theme has inspired me throughout my career -- which has over the years more often than not involved a start-up venture of one kind or another in all of these sectors. These have included four private sector and three government startups, half a dozen political campaigns (as a senior policy guy in three Presidential campaigns and three for myself), and another half dozen not-for-profit organizations -- in every case a start-up. Being an entrepreneur sometimes means leading change inside an existing organization, and I've done that too at the Federal Maritime Commission and everywhere. Over the course of this career, I've developed some expertise in Homeland security, maritime policy, food and product safety and logistics, government policy making, politics, national transportation policy, entrepreneurship and finance -- and have had a fantastic time along the way, more or less working for no one but myself or the public since I was 27. While I have a strong anchor in history and tradition, I love the "new," whether in technology, people, organizations, whatever -- as that's what distinguishes these United States from everyone else on the planet. When I'm not working on NTELX, our award-winning decision support technology company, I spend a fair amount of my time these days working with young entrepreneurs from various communities including Yale, Rice, and in the DC-Va region.
Episode | February 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
The Swamp Explained series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we recap the most recent Democratic debates, the Nevada Caucus results, and the future of the Democratic primary.
Episode | January 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 41 secs
The Swamp Explained series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we explore President Trump undercutting his own scientists, impeachment and the attack on Iran's top general.
Episode | November 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we open with a discussion on the importance of networking within the Swamp. Then we discuss the role of the "steady state" in Trump's impeachment. Rob shares his opinion on if removal is possible or necessary.
Episode | September 13th, 2019 | 59 mins 36 secs
President Trump has fired John Bolton. We debate if Bolton is the last Wilsonian hawk in the White House. Rob shares where he was on 9-11, and we examine how the world has changed over 18 years.
Episode | August 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss Trump's wild week where he proposed buying Greenland and accepted the title 'King of the Jews.' Joe Walsh is getting into the Presidential race, and we discuss a few more that might. We look at Nixon's price controls and how it relates to the tariff fight. We also touch on the possibility of a recession.
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Episode | July 22nd, 2019 | 58 mins 46 secs
"The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, they discuss ending the Department of Homeland Security and Trump's fight with the "Squad."
Episode | May 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
"The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. Today we discuss the possible Justin Amash campaign and if impeaching Donald Trump is politically smart for the Democrats.
Episode | February 6th, 2019 | 1 hr 13 mins
Rob Quartel served as Issues Director for two Presidential campaigns. After serving on Gerald Ford's 1976 campaign, he was the third person hired on George HW Bush's 1980 campaign. He details how the campaigns worked and what kind of man Bush was. He went to the funeral and shares his experience there. We briefly touch on the shutdown as well.
Episode | October 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 27 mins
In our "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works. On this episode, we compare the heated political environments of the 1960's to today, we examine how Trump is emboldening the Swamp by not staffing the Executive Branch, and we question if the Federal Reserve is truly independent.
Episode | August 31st, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel discuss the Paul Manafort trials and how it is emblematic of the Swamp, and we discuss the complex legacy of John McCain. Rob then answers listener questions about the Jones Act.
Episode | August 2nd, 2018 | 1 hr 8 mins
In the second episode of our series "The Swamp, Explained", Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works.
Rob gives us a view of Russian meddling and possible Trump collusion from the swamp. Rob explains the Jones Act.
Episode | May 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
In the first episode of our "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works.
They discuss the origins of the EPA, the roots of bureaucracy, and what Washington thinks of Gary Johnson by telling the story of Rob's career. Rob has lived and worked in Washington DC for 40 years. He worked for the EPA and the Ford and H.W. Bush campaigns.