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

Poisoning America

Public health historian David Rosner on origins of the lead epidemic in Flint and beyond

27:59

Poisoning America

27:59

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The Open Mind

Angels and Demons of A.I.

Yale scholar Wendell Wallach on how to keep technology from slipping beyond our control.

28:08

Angels and Demons of A.I.

28:08

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The Open Mind

The Virgin Vote

Smithsonian historian Jon Grinspan on youth activism of the 19th century and today.

27:36

The Virgin Vote

27:36

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The Open Mind

El Presidente

Former President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo of Yale talks about rewriting drug policy.

28:40

El Presidente

28:40

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