The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner
DEFCON U.S.A.
August 12th, 2017, 10:01 AM

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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We the…Bots and Trolls
August 7th, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. Of Bots and Trolls. These are the online predators who so penetrate and sway public perception today. At the outset, let’s establish definitions of these most omni-present phenomena. According to Merriam-Webster, a troll is a person who intentionally antagonizes others online by posting “inflammatory, irrelevant, […]

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Educating Hip Hop
July 29th, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. A one-man brain trust to the likes of Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Destiny’s Child, Grammy-award-winning producer, DJ, lecturer and social activist 9th Wonder born Patrick Denard Douthit, joins me today. 9th is a professor at North Carolina Central University and Duke […]

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A Politics in Crisis
July 22nd, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. One of my most admired veteran political analysts, host of MSNBC’s The Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell has been a master student and teacher of American politics for decades. A former senior advisor the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, chief of staff to senate committees on […]

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Rust Belt Populism
July 15th, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. In a move universally derided in world capitals, president Trump veered the United States in the direction of xenophobia, nativism, isolation, with his decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord. But in doing so, the Trump administration appealed to his hardline, Breitbart reading base, and […]

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Twitter and Tear Gas
July 8th, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. “Twitter and Tear Gas” indeed, social media and new technology have transformed society, and unloaded ammunition of chaos. That compelling image is the title of my guest’s new book by Yale University Press, “Twitter and Tear Gas: the Power and Fragility of Networked Protests.” A […]

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United to Protect Democracy
July 1st, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. A newly born no-profit organization, United to Protect Democracy, has an urgent goal, to hold the president and thee executive branch accountable to the laws and longstanding traditions that have protected our democracy through both Democratic and Republican administrations. Its founding executive director joins me […]

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Centrism for America
June 10th, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. The seemingly ubiquitous divisiveness is a pervasive plague on discourse ad governance. Indeed, a vicious cycle of intense partisan polarization saturates American politics and media. Instead of building consensus, compromise, a constructive way forward, our elected officials are shackled to ideological gridlock. Our guest today […]

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Full-Hearted Hymns
June 3rd, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner your host on The Open Mind. From time to time, according to recent tradition, we invite artists who help us escape the frequent weekly exchanges of public policy here on The Open Mind, increasingly weighted down by the unprecedented struggles of democracy. These are specially curated by your truly, for whom […]

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Rescuing the Middle Class Republic
May 28th, 2017, 10:01 AM

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. When reading the Atlantic headline, “Can the country survive without a strong middle class?,” hearing media and politicians so frequently lament the decline of the middle class, I want to scream, because by any objective standard, the people haven’t been shrunken, but demolished. The middle […]

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