The Open Mind

PBS’s The Open Mind explores the world of ideas across politics, media, science, technology, and the arts.

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Yale Law professor Justin Driver discusses the erosion of Brown v. Board of Education. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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Nicholas Buccola discusses his book ‘The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America,’ which explores their momentous 1965 discussion at Cambridge University in England. Read more

Civil Rights in America

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Anastasia Edel, author of ‘Russia: Putin’s Playground: Empire, Revolution, and the New Tsar,’ has critiqued the Trump administration’s inhumane immigration policies and warns that Americans should be on guard against what could come next. Read more

America and the World

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Sophie Ellman-Golan, a co-organizer of the Women’s March, now helps lead Never Again Action, a Jewish political action group that’s vowed to hold the U.S. government accountable for the detention and deportation machine and for condoning the rise of Read more

Civil Rights in America


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Techno-political thriller writer and humanitarian aid worker Malka Older discusses the challenges of the cyber age. Read more


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Investor, philanthropist, and Patriotic Millionaires founding member Lawrence Benenson discusses solutions to pressing American political and economic inequity. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams discusses his new book ‘Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy’ and how it resonates today. Read more


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Newly inaugurated Quincy Institute co-founders Trita Parsi and Stephen Wertheim discuss their mission to stop endless war and militarism. Read more

America and the World

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Netflix’s ‘The Great Hack’ director Karim Amer discusses how stolen personal data are manipulated to advance demagoguery and disinformation. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Center for Public Integrity CEO Susan Smith Richardson discusses the importance of local communities in national coverage of the Trump administration's corruption and the 2020 campaign. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

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Constitutional scholar Frank Bowman III discusses his new book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump. Read more

Law and Justice


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Republican political strategist Ed Lopez discusses the federalist argument for the National Popular Vote. Read more

Law and Justice


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Historian Stephen Knott considers the contemporary character of the nation. Read more



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Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness,” discusses how racial resentment has fueled a backlash against health care policy designed to include immigrants and minorities—with deadly consequences for working-class white Americans. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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Grassroots organizers Ethan Todras-Whitehill and Catherine Vaughan of Swing Left discuss their plans to restore democratic accountability. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Yale University professor of philosophy Jason Stanley discusses his book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.  Read more



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Science Journalist Jon Gertner discusses his new book The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future. Read more

America and the World


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Educators Ronald Crutcher and Lorelle Espinosa discuss a landmark report on race and ethnicity in higher education. Read more

Education in America


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Historian Brenda Wineapple discusses her new book The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a New Nation. Read more