Public finance expert and HKS Senior Lecturer Linda Bilmes says the United States funded the $5 trillion Iraq and Afghanistan wars with an unaccountable and unprecedented scheme utilizing debt, accounting tricks, and outsourcing. 

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Ralph Ranalli, the host of PolicyCast, is a senior writer and multimedia producer for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Ralph has also been multimedia editor for Harvard Innovation Labs, an entrepreneur, and a journalist.

From 2019 to 2021, PolicyCast was hosted by former Associate Dean of Communications Thoko Moyo (MPP 2021).

PolicyCast was hosted from 2012 to 2018 by Matt Cadwallader, formerly of the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

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