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

A Free Press, If You Can Keep It

Joel Simon, of the Committee to Protect Journalists, on challenges to a free press in 2017

27:39

A Free Press, If You Can Keep It

27:39

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The Open Mind

'The Americans' and the New Cold War

Creator of FX's The Americans Joe Weisberg on Russian espionage, fact and fiction.

28:03

'The Americans' and the New Cold War

28:03

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The Open Mind

Laws of the Internet

Media scholar Tim Wu talks about his new book The Attention Merchants.

27:50

Laws of the Internet

27:50

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The Open Mind

Deliberating the News

Jeffrey Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum, talks about the future of free speech.

28:13

Deliberating the News

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