October 19, 2016: 60 Years of The Open Mind

October 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

60 years ago, The Open Mind made its first broadcast with its founding host, Richard D. Heffner. In the decades that followed, the PBS program encouraged non-adversarial face-to-face conversations; a far cry from the on-air confrontations that are so common in modern day political discourse. Time may have quickly come to pass, but the integrity, power, and impact of this show remains. Tonight, we explore The Open Mind‘s legacy as a platform for the early civil rights movement and look at how civility in the media has changed during this election with the current host of the show- Richard D. Heffner’s grandson, Alexander Heffner.