The Open Mind

First broadcast in May, 1956 and now hosted by Alexander Heffner, The Open Mind is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas. Designed to elicit insights into contemporary areas of national concern, Open Mind explores challenges of the digital age, American politics and other emerging issues. These conversations are a primary resource available to students, teachers, researchers, archivists, librarians, historians, journalists and all who are interested in history, biography, media, communications, news, and public affairs.

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The Open Mind

Genocide With Impunity

Alexa Koenig, of the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, on crimes against humanity

28:32

Genocide With Impunity

28:32

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The Open Mind

Transcontinental Infrastructure

Parag Khanna, author of Connectography, talks about modernizing American infrastructure.

27:37

Transcontinental Infrastructure

27:37

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The Open Mind

The Public Imperative

PBS CEO Paula Kerger talks about an independent media option in the age of clickbait.

28:41

The Public Imperative

28:41

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The Open Mind

Zen for America

Grammy-nominated guitarist Ottmar Liebert on creating a meditative calm.

28:19

Zen for America

28:19

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