Keeping An 'Open Mind' On Civil Discourse, And Kansas City's Heartland Mermaid

May 1, 2017

Alexander Heffner took over the hosting duties of PBS's 'The Open Mind' from his grandfather Richard Heffner, who hosted the program for 56 years.
Credit Claire Tadokoro / KCUR 89.3

Alexander Heffner thinks a lot about how to get millennials engaged in politics. Perhaps because he is one himself. Today, the host of PBS' The Open Mind, talks about framing old policy arguments in new ways and whether the media is fulfilling its civic duty. Then, we learn about the life of a Kansas City mermaid who — gasp! — doesn't like seafood!

Alexander Heffner will give Park University's 2017 Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture on the future of civil discourse at the Park Distance Learning Conference Center on Monday, May 1, at 3 p.m. Visit for more information.