“The Open Mind” is so consistently compelling that it’s the longest-running program on PBS. This is a show that addresses our highest selves, and insists on overestimating the intelligence of the American public—and then proving that’s not an overestimation.
This has been a noisy, raucous political season. With name calling, mean spirited back and forth and no small amount of attention paid to poll numbers and Twitter feeds. TODAY’s Harry Smith reports on a television program that refuses to go along.
Alexander Heffner was a special correspondent for PBS’s Need to Know chronicling the Millennial vote in 2012. He founded and edited SCOOP08 and SCOOP44, the first-ever national student newspapers covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama administration, and taught a civic education/journalism seminar in New York City public school classrooms.