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