The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner
Tolerating Intolerance
May 20th, 2017, 09:06 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. How much intolerance are we prepared to tolerate is a question I’ve repeated on this broadcast since my tenure began three years ago. I suppose our guest today, Teresa Bejan, would reply that we must keep our conversations just tolerable enough to preserve American democracy. […]

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The Story of Science
May 13th, 2017, 09:06 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Two years ago we welcomed National Science Foundation president Walter Massey and headlined our program “Laboratory of Art,” and again today we examine the intersection of science and the humanities with a pioneering cultural philanthropist, Vice President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and author […]

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Taxation with Patriotism
May 6th, 2017, 09:06 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Are Americans proud to pay axes? Should they be? That’s the counterintuitive, perhaps even counterfactual question that my guest explores in her new Princeton University Press book. A fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, Vanessa Williamson is author of “Read My Lips: Why […]

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Can Civility Survive?
April 29th, 2017, 09:06 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Civility and its Demise, if you watch this broadcast closely, you’ll hear my guests and yours truly invoke, and sometimes romanticize, the aspiration of civil discourse. In fact, recently the Washington Post profiled us as an outlier committed to that perhaps antiquated notion that civility […]

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The Audacity of News
April 22nd, 2017, 09:06 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. We were pleased to host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin of AJ Plus, and formerly Vice Media, and today we welcome Isobel Yeung, correspondent and producer for HBO’s Emmy winning documentary series, Vice. Admirable audacious, Yeung is among Vice’s intrepid globe trotting correspondents. She first caught my attention, […]

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Dreams of the Heartland
April 15th, 2017, 09:06 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. When visiting three times last year with among the most politically engaged students at the University of Notre Dame, they recommended booking a public servant whom they affectionately call Mayor Pete. This is of course mayor Peter Buttigieg, chief executive of South Bend, Indiana. His […]

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Intelligence of Imagination
April 9th, 2017, 09:06 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. Distinguished foreign correspondent, novelist, and veteran of the Israel defense forces, a binational US/Israeli citizen who nearly fell victim to a terrorist attack when he missed a British Airways flight in December, 1986, Hesh Kestin joins me today. Author of novels, “The Iron Will of […]

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Literacy and Fake News
April 1st, 2017, 09:06 PM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Days after the election last year, and in response to a campaign of flagrant lies and propaganda, the website that stood, historically as the first line of defense against misinformation, issued a message to its US based readers. “People talk about us living in a […]

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An Unprecedented Presidency
March 25th, 2017, 09:06 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, 09:06 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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