The Open Mind: In Conversation with William Kunstler
This episode of The Open Mind features host, historian and Rutgers University professor, Richard D. Heffner, in conversation with attorney William Kunstler, the subject of William Kunstler, Disturbing the Universe. The program aired in 1994, shortly after the release of Kunstler's autobiography, My Life as a Radical Lawyer, and the publication of the Vanity Fair article which called him the "most hated lawyer in America." In this conversation, Heffner asks Kunstler why he chooses to defend the "pariahs" that he represents, as well as other questions about his career as recounted in his book. Note: This video is from the Internet Archive, where it was posted as a primary source for use by journalists, students and historians. The Open Mind premiered in 1956 and continues today, airing on public broadcasting stations nationwide. The series features Heffner in conversation with hundreds of guests, including some of the most creative thinkers of the last half-century. We apologize for the poor resolution quality and theme music.
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