The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner
What’s the Matter with the Democrats?
October 14th, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. You may recall the musical 1776, which was said to be President Nixon’s favorite play, though he didn’t perform in fifth grade as I did. Suffice it to say, it’s mine too. And if you download the soundtrack on iTunes, you’ll note virtually every song […]

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Don’t March, Run…
October 9th, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. We welcome with regularity, the next generation of public servants, who are working to cultivate a new civic creed. Among those who come to mind, Ben Rattray, founder of Change.org, Selena Grey of the Mayday Pac, Nick Troiano of The Centrist Project, most recently Jimmy […]

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Constitutional Crisis or Consensus?
September 30th, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Our constitution works. Our great Republic is government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule. Newly sworn in president Gerald Ford reassured the nation with those words. Even as he recovered from personal defeat against then Governor Jimmy Carter, Ford embraced an […]

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Putin and Political Murder
September 23rd, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. When I worried to you in the audience that the American experiment was possibly on a tyrannical course, reminiscent of Netflix’s House of Cards, one of my guests assured me, the President still doesn’t’ kill people. This, of course, is not the moral bar to […]

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All Politics is Reproductive
September 16th, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. We do biologically as human beings so must not our politics derive from reproductive rights? That’s the contention of our guest today, professor and chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Laura Briggs is author of the new University […]

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Defining Civic Media
September 9th, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. We spend countless hours exploring the digital world on this broadcast, and its wide digital dissemination. We concern ourselves in particular with whether or not technology acts in the public interest. When Canadian broadcaster turned Wikimedia chief, Sue Gardner, joined me here about two years […]

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Dreams and Daggers
September 2nd, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. At Freihoffer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, over a beautiful weekend at the Pavilion Grand Hotel, unsung musicians enchanted the audience. The discovery of jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant was a rare display of timeless jazz, as profiled in the New Yorker magazine. On stage, Salvant projects […]

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The Town Hall Lives
August 26th, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. The town hall is a sacred institution of American democracy, and my guest today seeks to revive the long-standing tradition as he describes it, a grassroots effort that empowers constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their representatives. Its founder and director, Jimmy […]

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Readers and the Citizenry
August 19th, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. Washington Post veterans – media columnist Margaret Sullivan and formerly managing editor Liz Spayd, most recently, we’ve hosted the New York Times public editors since the inauguration of that position. An ode to the free press, to the public’s right to know, and yes, their […]

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DEFCON U.S.A.
August 12th, 2017, 04:51 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. Our national security, the preservation of our republic demands ever-steadfast attention amid threats foreign and domestic. My guest today is retired United States Marine Corps Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, CEO of the American Security Project, whose mission is to forge a bipartisan consensus on a […]

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