The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner
An Unprecedented Presidency
March 25th, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Our investigation today is of the American Chief Executive, from its beacon of democratic ideals, to the imperial presidency, to what appears increasingly an authoritarian mindset, if not regime, in the White House today. We explore this with the country’s leading presidential scholar, George Edwards […]

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Awakening the Rust Belt
February 25th, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. When you reflect on the state of urban decay in this country, or illiteracy across the geographic spectrum, Americans have been left wondering if US born philanthropists are focused sufficiently on concerns here at home. Indeed, when the wealthiest 62 people on the planet own […]

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A Peaceful Worldly Islam
February 18th, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Amid the mayhem of religious fanaticism, and the rise of a perilous intolerance, there is but one book you should read to avert a 2017 winter of discontent. It is Ambassador Omar Ghobash’s Picador volume, Letters to a Young Muslim. Ghobash is Ambassador of the […]

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Constitutionalism vs. Trumpism
February 12th, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. Beneath the ominous profiles of cowardice that dominated the 2016 Presidential Campaign Season, there was a bright spot: Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin of Utah, Patriotic Constitutionalist, Former CIA Officer, and entrepreneur. In the New York Times, McMullin pointedly clarified Trump’s threat to the Constitution, […]

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Encryption and Liberty
February 3rd, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. The headline of a recent Forbes report reads: “As the Trump Presidency Looms, Digital Activists Brace for a Fight for the Internet”. The story featured prominently the work of Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Based in San Francisco, the EFF is […]

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Watchdog of Humanity
January 28th, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Today we expand on our year-long exchanges about the future of democracy, human rights, and civil society. You can view these episodes on The Open Mind website with National Democratic Institute president Ken Wallach on the resilience of democracy, UN democracy head Annika Savill on […]

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Making Congress Great Again
January 22nd, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Make Congress Great Again. That’s the prompt we’re here to explore today. Joining me are two distinguished veteran congressional staffers. Jean Bordewich is program officer for democracy grantmaking at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative. The program is focused on combating the forces […]

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A Free Press, If You Can Keep It
January 15th, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. What is the future for free press and speech in the Trump administration? Joining me today to consider is executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon. His organization is on the front lines of defending press freedom here at home and around […]

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‘The Americans’ & the New Cold War
January 8th, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, you’re host on The Open Mind. Today’s show is a special treat. A most timely guest joins us again. I say again because this masterful spy novelist appeared with my grandfather nearly a decade ago. A former CIA operative, Joe Weisberg is the creator of the brilliant, Emmy-nominated series The Americans, […]

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Laws of the Internet
January 1st, 2017, 09:18 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. From his Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information, circa 2010, to his newly published The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, Columbia University law professor Tim Wu is the preeminent internet thinker. The father of net neutrality, Wu is […]

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