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

Cannibals of News

Emily Bell and Jay Rosen talk about social media’s influence.

28:23

Cannibals of News

28:23

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The Open Mind

Seinfeld as Americana

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong on Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

27:16

Seinfeld as Americana

27:16

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The Open Mind

Reforming the Press

New York Times’ Frank Bruni on an alternative to political coverage by horserace.

27:42

Reforming the Press

27:42

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The Open Mind

Generation of Knowledge

Lila Tretikov talks about learning in the digital age.

27:36

Generation of Knowledge

27:36

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