The Open Mind – A Thoughtful Excursion Into the World of Ideas
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The Open Mind, hosted weekly by Alexander Heffner, is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across politics, media, science, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life. The Washington Post calls the weekly half-hour broadcast “[a] radical approach to TV talk in a troubled time.”  In particular, its objective is the restoration of truth, justice, and democratic values to public life...confronting the threats of authoritarianism, bigotry, and dis/misinformation and considering constructive ways forward.

“Public television has always provided a space for civil discussion and exploration of new ideas. Perhaps no program has exemplified this for as long as The Open Mind. For six decades, The Open Mind has provided a place for timely conversations about some of the most important topics facing our country and our world. This legacy continues under the leadership of Alexander Heffner, at a time when our country will greatly benefit from thoughtful, respectful conversations about our future.”

– Paula Kerger, CEO, PBS

 
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Free press and Democracy

 
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Science and Technology

 
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the host

 
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Alexander Heffner is host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in The Washington PostNew York TimesLos Angeles TimesDes Moines RegisterChristian Science MonitorVarietyMedium, and on NBC NewsMSNBCC-SPANNPRCNNBBC and ABC, among other media outlets. His writing has appeared in TIMEUSA TODAYDaily BeastReutersRealClearPoliticsNYT's Room for DebateThe Wall Street JournalBoston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He is coauthor of A Documentary History of the United States (Penguin, 2018)

He has lectured at the NewseumNational Constitution CenterMuseum of American FinanceFDR Library and MuseumPost-Truth Initiative at University of Sydney, Center for Information and Bubble Studies at University of Copenhagen, Institute of Applied Politics at University of Akron, Center for Telecommunication and Law at Michigan State, Clemson, Sewanee, Franklin PierceCarroll and Skidmore College, among other institutions of learning. He was the political director for WHRB 95.3 FM and host of The Political Arena. A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard.

 
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“Public television has always provided a space for civil discussion and exploration of new ideas. Perhaps no program has exemplified this for as long as The Open Mind. For six decades, The Open Mind has provided a place for timely conversations about some of the most important topics facing our country and our world. This legacy continues under the leadership of Alexander Heffner, at a time when our country will greatly benefit from thoughtful, respectful conversations about our future.”
– Paula Kerger, CEO, PBS
 

“As the dean of a journalism and communications school, I very much appreciate having The Open Mind available to my students to demonstrate the high quality, relevance and integrity of what great media can still be.”
– Ernest Wilson, Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
 

“One hidden pleasure with The Open Mind is that it has introduced me to people that I’ve never read nor have heard speak. Newton Minow and Astra Taylor, both recent guests, are two great examples of The Open Mind‘s brilliance. Here are two people, decades and decades apart in age, but both with wonderful insights and observations…never knowing of either before I had watched and listened to each episode.” 
– Viewer

“I have viewed The Open Mind since Alexander Heffner’s grandfather began it during the 1950’s, and [it] continues to be appointment TV. He is doing a remarkable job.” – Viewer

 
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