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The Open Mind is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across media, politics, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life.

The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner WNET

    • News
    • 4.5 • 53 Ratings

The Open Mind is a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas across media, politics, technology, the arts and all realms of civic life.

    The Freedom of Literacy

    The Freedom of Literacy

    Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director and CEO Maryana Iskander discusses freedom of information and literacy. 

    • 28 min
    How to Preserve Dignity in the Digital Age

    How to Preserve Dignity in the Digital Age

    Digital privacy leader Danielle Citron discusses her forthcoming book "The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age." 

    • 27 min
    Incarceration and Injustice

    Incarceration and Injustice

    University of Connecticut historian Melanie Newport discusses the contemporary prison and jail system. 

    • 28 min
    Paradoxes of Democracy and Illiberalism

    Paradoxes of Democracy and Illiberalism

    Idaho State University scholar Zac Gershberg discusses the future of democracy and illiberalism in America.

    • 28 min
    Diagnosing the Infodemic

    Diagnosing the Infodemic

    Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Robert Mahoney discusses the pandemic-era Fourth Estate.

    • 28 min
    Increasing Restrictions on the 1st Amendment in School

    Increasing Restrictions on the 1st Amendment in School

    National Coalition Against Censorship executive director Christopher Finan discusses bans of books and reproductive choice. 

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

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Jan 7 episode

Is there a reason that your guest continually mispronounced Kamala Harris’ name and you let her get away with that?? Sad journalism.

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Grateful ...

... for Alexander's ongoing hard work, topical relevance, excellent discussion, and engaged guests.

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Address Lincoln project fiasco

Longtime listener. You have supported the Lincoln Project hosting members on show. Now with the revelations in the press recently will you also address how the Lincoln Project fooled its own supporters and patrons? As a supporter of Project, I believe you too should address for your faithful audience. Let’s peel back the layers and see how much the onion stinks. Thank you.

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