The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner

The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner

The Open Mind is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across media, politics, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life.

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May 18, 2021 28 min

Microsoft's Civic Engagement director Sid Espinosa discusses how civic tech, corporations, and governments need to fix systemic inequities.

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Together for Safer Roads CEO David Braunstein discusses the high stakes for infrastructure reform.

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May 12, 2021 22 min

Foreign Policy editor James Palmer discusses China's global position and the Biden administration's foreign policy beyond the first one hundred days. 

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May 10, 2021 27 min

Algorithmic Justice League founder Joy Buolamwini discusses legislation to ban and redress the harm from weaponized data systems.

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May 7, 2021 26 min

Washington Monthly and RealClearPolitics contributor Bill Scher discusses Joe Manchin's impact on lawmaking in the Biden era.

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End Citizens United executive director Tiffany Muller discusses the path forward for voting rights and electoral reform.

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May 5, 2021 23 min

University of Chicago Department of Surgery chairman Dr. Jeffrey Matthews discusses how the pandemic has – and has not – transformed the U.S. medical practice and how to tackle vaccine resistance.

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Duke University Polarization Lab director Chris Bail discusses his new book "Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make our Platforms Less Polarizing." 

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UC Berkeley Law’s Bertrall Ross discusses how to reform the inequities of an unrepresentative U.S. government. 

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May 2, 2021 27 min

SeaBear Smokehouse CEO Mike Mondello discusses the impact of the pandemic on American seafood and stewardship of the oceans.?

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May 1, 2021 26 min

4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers discusses his brisket pilgrimage and feeding hungry Floridians during the pandemic.?

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Annenberg School for Communication scholar Jessa Lingel discusses her new book "The Gentrification of the Internet: How to Reclaim Our Digital Freedom." 

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April 29, 2021 22 min

American jazz musician Madeleine Peyroux discusses what the pandemic has taught America and the plight of the artist.

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April 28, 2021 25 min

MeidasTouch cofounder Ben Meiselas discusses how to fight (dishonest) fire with (honest) fire.

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Center for Transnational Law director Jorge Contesse discusses the pandemic’s global human rights fallout and the future of democracy in Chile.

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April 25, 2021 31 min

Attorney Rabia Chaudry discusses the Floyd verdict, the politics of police reform, and the latest on the case of Adnan Syed.?

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Coyuchi CEO Eileen Mockus discusses sustainable entrepreneurial practices and agriculture policy during the Biden Administration. ?

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President Biden's former director of strategic communications Kamau Marshall discusses how to activate the new consciousness of racial equity in America.

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"Hiding in Plain Sight" author Sarah Kendzior discusses if and when the American people will enact an anti-corruption and pro-democracy agenda.

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April 20, 2021 27 min

Bluesman Guy Davis discusses the legacy of the Kokomo Kidd and singing the truth in his forthcoming new CD "Be Ready When I Call You."

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