Welcome to the Open Floor Podcast. Our mission is to create a platform for everyone to voice their unique perspectives on issues in current events. Especially in today’s tumultuous times, it is important to get a bigger picture of the issues we face on a day-to-day basis as a society. Hosted by Ali Mosallaei and Aryan Narayan.
Ep. 13 - A Mock Presidential Debate ft. Rohan Balachander and Akshay Jha
Hey there! Thanks for listening to today's special episode of the podcast! Although election day was almost two weeks ago, it's still important that your voice can be heard. Register to vote in all of your state's elections, and make sure that your voice has the opportunity to make a change.
Akshay Jha and Rohan Balachander are both Juniors at Lexington High School. Both are interested in politics and history and always try to find time to talk about politics with someone. Both can be found on social media if you would like to get in touch with them.
Ep. 12 - Remembering the Life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ft. Sara Mei
Hey there, thanks for tuning into today's episode of Open Floor! Sorry for not following our upload schedule; school has been more work than we thought, especially adapting to Remote Learning! Additionally, today's episode was more on the somber side and we decided not to include our normal intro and outro music, so as to fully respect the long legacy of RBG. We all deeply miss her and pass on our condolences to her family.
Sara Mei is a Junior at Lexington High School and has been the Student Representative for the Lexington School Committee for the past year and a half. She also aims to have her voice be heard in the political field. In her free time, she likes to swim and read books. Check her out on her twitter @splashswimmer04.
Follow us on Instagram @openfloorpodcast, on twitter @theopenfloor, and check out our website at https://openfloor.me. See you guys in the next episode!
Ep. 11 - A Look at Returning to School ft. Superintendent Dr. Julie Hackett
Thank you so much for tuning into today's episode of Open Floor. We were really excited to bring on Dr. Hackett, and I hope that you guys learned a lot from listening to the episode!
Dr. Julie Hackett is the current superintendent of the Lexington, MA Public Schools. Her career begun in Maine, where she worked her way up from a High School English teacher to a middle school principalship and into the central administration department. In 2007, she and her family moved to Massachusetts, where she ultimately became the superintendent of Taunton, MA Public Schools for the 10 years before her current position as superintendent of the Lexington Public Schools. Follow her @lexingtonsuper on twitter for updates on returning back-to-school this year.
As promised, here is the link to the LPS Back-to-School blueprints mentioned throughout the episode: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yHtYDoRm88uo6mP_x0XjV5HQz_bcI8G5Aq9saM0BVuA/edit?usp=sharing.
Season 2 - Pilot
Hey, thanks so much for tuning into our Pilot Episode for Season 2! All the support we've been receiving with the podcast has allowed us to grow so much and it means a lot!
As stated, the Season will officially begin on September 13th, with Episode 1. For notifications on when it comes out, follow us on Instagram @openfloorpodcast, or on Twitter @theopenfloor. Additionally, check out our new website, https://openfloor.me.
Ep. 10 - Managing Mental Health ft. Sophrosyne
Hey there, thanks for listening to this episode, and thank you for joining us on our journey through the first season of Open Floor. Your guys' continual support means so much to us!
Thanks again to Emily and Sophia from Sophrosyne for coming onto this episode. Sophrosyne is a non-for-profit organization combating the stigma through mental health education, art, and legislation. Emily Weinberg and Sophia Sullivan are Lexington High School graduates, and also co-founders of this organization. Visit their website at https://www.sophrosynementalhealth.com/. The Sophrosyne app can be found at https://sophrosyne.now.sh/. If you want to get in touch with them, their Instagram is @sophrosynementalhealth.
Their website is a great place to find resources regarding mental health. However, for a list of hotlines for dealing with mental health, visit https://www.sophrosynementalhealth.com/hotlines. If at all you are in need of immediate medical assistance, dial 911. Additionally, if you are having suicidal thoughts, dial 18007842433. All other hotlines are at the site linked above.
Thanks so much to you, for being interested in gaining the bigger picture of societal issues we face on a daily basis. We'll see you in the next season of Open Floor (soon!!)
Ep. 9 - Discussing Dementia with YMAA Lexington
Thank you for listening to this episode of Open Floor. We were so delighted to bring on YMAA Lexington to come discuss with us about Dementia and Alzheimer's.
YMAA (Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's) is a group of young individuals committed to changing the perception of Alzheimer's Disease. Their members can be found in high schools and college campuses across the nation creating a grassroots movement to seek the cure. Lena Cassidy and Avery Cutler are co-founders of the YMAA Lexington branch at the Lexington High school and are rising Juniors at the high school. Find YMAA on their site at https://www.theyouthmovement.org/, and find some wonderful resources about Alzheimer's here: https://www.theyouthmovement.org/#/alzheimers.
Get in touch with either Lena (@lena.cassidy) or Avery (@averycutler) on Instagram. Or, get in touch with us via our site http://openfloor.me/home, or on Instagram @openfloorpodcast. See you in the next episode!