“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.
In-depth, high-minded conversations have been a hallmark of the public television series throughout a run that has lasted almost 60 years, making it one of the longest running series on TV.
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.