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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.

Open Floor Ali Mosallaei and Aryan Narayan

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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. 14 - A Reflection Upon Education During COVID-19 ft. Ryan Casey

    Ep. 14 - A Reflection Upon Education During COVID-19 ft. Ryan Casey

    Hey there! Thanks for listening to a (very delayed) Episode 14 of the podcast! It has been too long since our last episode, but we hope that the awesome insights provided by Mr. Casey help to make up for that time! Education during such a challenging time has been difficult, and thus we found it important to get the crucial perspectives of a teacher who has been at the forefront of education during the pandemic.

    Mr. Ryan Casey is a World Language-Spanish teacher at Lexington High School in Lexington, MA. He is a graduate of Harvard University, and an alum of Lexington High School! In addition to being a teacher, he has partaken in many school spirit activities, and a member of the LHS Hype Squad.

    If you liked today's episode, make sure to follow us on wherever you get your podcasts, or consider supporting us at https://openfloor.me. We will see you in the next episode!

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    • 35 min
    Ep. 13 - A Mock Presidential Debate ft. Rohan Balachander and Akshay Jha

    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. 



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    • 41 min
    Ep. 12 - Remembering the Life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ft. Sara Mei

    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!



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    • 16 min
    Ep. 11 - A Look at Returning to School ft. Superintendent Dr. Julie Hackett

    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.



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    • 32 min
    Season 2 - Pilot

    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. 



    Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/open-floor/donations

    • 2 min
    Ep. 10 - Managing Mental Health ft. Sophrosyne

    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!!)



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    • 17 min

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