The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner
Populists Revolt
December 9th, 2017, 09:47 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. Our guest today was senior advisor to former British Prime Minister David Cameron, co-founder and CEO of Crowdpac, a political data technology startup. Our guest is Steve Hilton a self-described radical for democracy, whose Crowdpac, in layman’s terms, is helping political outsiders raise money and […]

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Escaping Velocity
December 2nd, 2017, 09:47 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. “Since the 1950’s, the Newport Jazz Festival has offered a reliable read on the spinal center of jazz.” That’s what the New York Times reported in this year’s write-up of the annual event in Rhode Island. The review notes that the spinal center is evolving […]

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Monuments and Identity Politics
November 27th, 2017, 09:47 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. The merit of history: Today we debate the value of confederate monuments. What do you do in these precarious situations that so often incite racial, ethical, and societal dispute, confrontation? Well today, joining us is Vann Newkirk correspondent at the Atlantic magazine. We’ll explore the […]

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Destiny of the Heartland
November 19th, 2017, 09:47 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. “There’s no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets” or I should add, of recovering cities after hurricanes or tropical storms. These are the venerable words of three-term New York City Mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, the first part, not my ad lib, who, like […]

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Securing American Suffrage
November 11th, 2017, 09:47 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Secretary of State of Kentucky, recently re-elected to her second term. Grimes is the youngest female Secretary of State in the nation and the only remaining statewide elected female Democrat in the south. One of the most vocal opponents of […]

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The Wisdom of Elders
November 4th, 2017, 09:47 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. When Cecile McLorin Salvant appeared right here with me, I promised you another gem from the Saratoga Jazz Festival when he and his bandmates could set sail from Johannesburg and London. So our guest today is BBC New Generation Artist, saxophone impresario, Shabaka Hutchings, creator […]

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Problem-Solving Heroism
October 28th, 2017, 09:47 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Hometown heroes. We want to believe in the integrity of our locally elected congressional office holders, representative government, and the promise of its leadership. My own New York Third District Congressman Tom Suozzi, who previously served as mayor of Glen Cove, New York from ‘94 […]

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American Hardship
October 21st, 2017, 09:47 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Our broken economy, growth that has stalled for all accept most affluent Americans, was recently the subject we took up with former Senate Counsel Ganesh Sitaraman, author of “The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution.” Today we examine an unhinged American culture, self-perpetuating inequality with […]

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What’s the Matter with the Democrats?
October 14th, 2017, 09:47 AM

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, 09:47 AM

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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