Alexander Heffner

Alexander Heffner is host of The Open Mind on PBS and co-author of A Documentary History of the United States.

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Newly inaugurated Quincy Institute co-founders Trita Parsi and Stephen Wertheim discuss their mission to stop endless war and militarism. Read more

America and the World

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Netflix’s ‘The Great Hack’ director Karim Amer discusses how stolen personal data are manipulated to advance demagoguery and disinformation. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Center for Public Integrity CEO Susan Smith Richardson discusses the importance of local communities in national coverage of the Trump administration's corruption and the 2020 campaign. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

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Constitutional scholar Frank Bowman III discusses his new book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump. Read more

Law and Justice


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Republican political strategist Ed Lopez discusses the federalist argument for the National Popular Vote. Read more

Law and Justice


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Historian Stephen Knott considers the contemporary character of the nation. Read more



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Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness,” discusses how racial resentment has fueled a backlash against health care policy designed to include immigrants and minorities—with deadly consequences for working-class white Americans. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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Grassroots organizers Ethan Todras-Whitehill and Catherine Vaughan of Swing Left discuss their plans to restore democratic accountability. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Yale University professor of philosophy Jason Stanley discusses his book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.  Read more



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Science Journalist Jon Gertner discusses his new book The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future. Read more

America and the World


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Educators Ronald Crutcher and Lorelle Espinosa discuss a landmark report on race and ethnicity in higher education. Read more

Education in America


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Historian Brenda Wineapple discusses her new book The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a New Nation. Read more