The Open Mind (TV series)
|The Open Mind|
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|Created by||Richard Heffner|
|Presented by||Alexander Heffner|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||May 1956 – Present|
The Open Mind is a long-running weekly half-hour public affairs interview program conceived as a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas, non-adversarial conversation of national concern. First broadcast in May 1956 on WRCA-TV (now WNBC) in New York City, it currently originates from CUNY TV Studios and airs on PBS THIRTEEN/WNET. Creator Richard Heffner was host until his death on December 17, 2013. In 2014, Alexander Heffner, Richard Heffner's grandson, took over as the program's host.
In 2006, the program celebrated its 50th anniversary with rebroadcasts of vintage interviews with Richard Helms, Fred Friendly, Lewis Thomas, and others. The program's title comes from the saying, attributed to Barnard College dean Virginia Gildersleeve among others, "Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out."  The theme music chosen by Heffner, "World Without Time," is by the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra from their LP Adventures in Time. Recent guests have included John Palfrey, Annette Gordon-Reed and Baratunde Thurston and the 2014 line-up included Michael S. Roth, Sue Gardner and Aloe Blacc.
Hundreds of guests have appeared on the program, including many prominent intellectuals (Max Lerner, Sidney Hook, William F. Buckley), physicians/therapists (Ruth Westheimer, Peter D. Kramer, R.D. Laing), politicians (Ed Koch, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Mario Cuomo), jurists (Stephen Breyer, Judith Kaye, Thurgood Marshall), educators (John Brademas, Derek Bok, Vartan Gregorian), civil rights leaders (Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, James L. Farmer, Jr.), authors (Elie Wiesel, Erich Fromm, Norman Mailer), economists (Paul Krugman, Alan Greenspan, Milton Friedman), and entertainers (Steve Allen, Eli Wallach, Robert Redford).
- Richard Heffner, Historian, Teacher, Pioneer of Public Television, is Dead at 88, Rutgers University
- 'Open Mind' Host Continues Grandfather’s Vision for New Generation, The New York Times
- The Closing of the American Mind
- The Open Mind of Richard Heffner, Columbia College Today
- Open Mind's verified Facebook page
- Official Website, Archive