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Open Mind

A Personal History (#1939)

Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: THE OPEN MIND provides a quiet and thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas. Never strident, nor personally intrusive, its objective is to provide light, not heat. Richard D. Heffner created THE OPEN MIND in May, 1956, and is still its producer/moderator. Each week he leads substantive and thought-provoking discussions on the ideas, events, issues and personalities that command America's attention and understanding.

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  • Hmo's and Responsible Psychiatry (Part II) (#1828)

    Dr. Robert Michels, Walsh-McDermot University Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Cornell University, continues his discussion with host Richard D. Heffner about the particularly difficult matter of managed care and the responsible practice of psychiatry. (Previously announced as episode #1826.) [26 minutes]

  • A Judge Speaks Out The Nation, October 1997 (#1829)

    United States Circuit Court Judge, retired H. Lee Sarokin, joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss his article, "A Judge Speaks Out," which was a recent cover story featured in The Nation. [26 minutes]

  • A Judge Speaks Out The Nation, October 1997, Pt II (#1830)

    United States Circuit Court Judge, retired H. Lee Sarokin, continues his discussion with Richard D. Heffner about his article, "A Judge Speaks Out," which was a recent cover story featured in The Nation. ~ [26 minutes]

  • The Human Potential: from Mindlessness to Mindfuln (#1831)

    Dr. Ellen J. Langer, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss her books, Mindfulness and The Power of Mindful Learning. Together, they explore the ways in which individuals can come off "automatic pilot," and open their minds to what rational beings really can be taught to do and to achieve. [28 minutes]

  • The Human Potential: from Mindlessness to Mindfuln (#1832)

    Dr. Ellen J. Langer, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, continues her discussion with Richard D. Heffner about her books, Mindfulness and The Power of Mindful Learning. Together, they explore the ways in which individuals can come off "automatic pilot," and open their minds to what rational beings really can be taught to do and to achieve. [28 minutes]

  • Publish and Perish (#1833)

    New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss his recent account of the publishing world as what he calls " the impossible business." [28 minutes]

  • Some Webbies Think The Internet Can Do No Wrong: T (#1834)

    Michael Kinsely, creator and editor of Microsoft's Slate magazine, a new kind of on-line electronic magazine, joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss why in the world he's gone cybernetic with Bill Gates. [28 minutes]

  • Transforming The Culture of Dying (#1835)

    Dr. Kathleen Foley, Chair of the Project on Death in America, joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss how the experience of dying has changed in America over the past few decades. They explore how the possibilities for a gentle closure of life are often overwhelmed by uncontrolled physical pain, excessive financial burdens, unresponsive health care plans and emotional isolation. As a result, a profound dread of death and of the dying process has developed within the contemporary American culture. [28 minutes]

  • Transforming The Culture of Dying, Part II (#1836)

    Kathleen Foley, Chair of the Project on Death in America, continues her discussion with Richard D. Heffner on how the experience of dying has changed in America over the past few decades. They discuss how the possibilities for a gentle closure of life are often overwhelmed by uncontrolled physical pain, excessive financial burdens, unresponsive health care plans and emotional isolation. As a result, a profound dread of death and of the dying process has developed within the contemporary American culture. [28 minutes]

  • Why The Past Does Not Predict The Future (#1837)

    Dr. Michael Lewis, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, and author of Altering Fate, Why the Past Does Not Predict the Future, joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss the question of philosophical and psychological assumptions or "givens" on which we base much of what we think about the the nature of human development ... and what we do or do not do about it. [28 minutes]

  • Steven Brill....Going After The Media (#1839)

    Former editor-in-chief of American Lawyer publications and creator or Court TV, Steven Brill joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss his new journalistic venture, Content magazine, in which he is setting his sights "... on an even more significant industry, and remarkably, one that's even less covered by the media." That industry is the media itself. [28 minutes]

  • Another Look at Cameras in the Courts (#1840)

    Former editor-in-chief of American Lawyer publications and creator or Court TV, Steven Brill continues his discussion with host Richard D. Heffner on his his new journalistic venture Content magazine. He also addresses his long time romance with cameras in the courts, which Mr. Heffner once characterized in "The New York Law Journal" as "a bad idea whose time has come." [28 minutes]

  • The Gift of Fear (#1936)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • Ex-Friends, Part I (#1940)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • Ex-Friends, Part II (#1941)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • Stanley Crouch (#1942)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • The Media: A Power to Motivate Or Manipulate (#1943)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • Death and Dying In America (#1944)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • The Limits of Privacy (#1945)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • Life The Movie....Starring Everyone (#1946)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • Life The Movie....Starring Everyone, The Sequel (#1947)

    Cultural historian Neal Gabler joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss his new book, Life the Movie . . . How Entertainment Conquered Reality . . . Starring Everyone. Gabler insists, "We always thought that politics and economics are the crucial forces of our time, but entertainment is the most inexorable force of the twentieth century. We export it and the world eats it up. It's the best hunger-satisfier that man has ever devised." Part one of two. [28 minutes]

  • Handbook for Mortals (#1948)

    Cultural historian Neal Gabler and host Richard D. Heffner continue to discuss Gabler's new book, Life the Movie . . . How Entertainment Conquered Reality . . . Starring Everyone. Gabler insists, "We always thought that politics and economics are the crucial forces of our time, but entertainment is the most inexorable force of the twentieth century. We export it and the world eats it up. It's the best hunger-satisfier that man has ever devised." Part two of two. [28 minutes]

  • Handbook for Mortals, Pt.2 (#1949)

    Geriatrician Dr. Joanne Lynn, Director of the Center to Improve Care of the Dying at George Washington University, joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss her new book, Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. Part one of two. [28 minutes]

  • Lawyering for a New Age (#1950)

    Geriatrician Dr. Joanne Lynn, Director of the Center to Improve Care of the Dying at George Washington University, and host Richard D. Heffner continue to discuss Lynn's new book, Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. Part two of two [28 minutes]

  • Claims of Memory, The (#1951)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • Where Do You Draw The Line? (#1952)

    Public Affairs: THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussions of the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts, science, business, government, and other fields. Without either liberal or conservative bias ? and always with an openmind ? the series deals with important topics such as censorship, thedecriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government in daily life. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Mario Cuomo to Daniel Goldhagen. [28 minutes]

  • The Mote That Is Your Neighbor's Eye (#2001)

    THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussionsof the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host and producer of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts and sciences, business, government and other areas of national life. Without either liberal or conservative bias and always with an open mind the series deals with important topics such as censorship, the decriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Father John LaFarge to Governor Mario Cuomo, CIA Director Richard Helms to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; Oliver Stone to Robert Redford. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #2002

    THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussionsof the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host and producer of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts and sciences, business, government and other areas of national life. Without either liberal or conservative bias and always with an open mind the series deals with important topics such as censorship, the decriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Father John LaFarge to Governor Mario Cuomo, CIA Director Richard Helms to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; Oliver Stone to Robert Redford. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #2003

    THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussionsof the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host and producer of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts and sciences, business, government and other areas of national life. Without either liberal or conservative bias and always with an open mind the series deals with important topics such as censorship, the decriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Father John LaFarge to Governor Mario Cuomo, CIA Director Richard Helms to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; Oliver Stone to Robert Redford. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #2004

    THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussionsof the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host and producer of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts and sciences, business, government and other areas of national life. Without either liberal or conservative bias and always with an open mind the series deals with important topics such as censorship, the decriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Father John LaFarge to Governor Mario Cuomo, CIA Director Richard Helms to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; Oliver Stone to Robert Redford. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #2005

    THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussionsof the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host and producer of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts and sciences, business, government and other areas of national life. Without either liberal or conservative bias and always with an open mind the series deals with important topics such as censorship, the decriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Father John LaFarge to Governor Mario Cuomo, CIA Director Richard Helms to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; Oliver Stone to Robert Redford. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #2006

    THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussionsof the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host and producer of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts and sciences, business, government and other areas of national life. Without either liberal or conservative bias and always with an open mind the series deals with important topics such as censorship, the decriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Father John LaFarge to Governor Mario Cuomo, CIA Director Richard Helms to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; Oliver Stone to Robert Redford. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #2007

    THE OPEN MIND continues its substantive, thought-provoking discussionsof the ideas, events, issues and people commanding America's attention and understanding. Richard D. Heffner, host and producer of THE OPEN MIND since 1956, interviews prominent figures in the media, the arts and sciences, business, government and other areas of national life. Without either liberal or conservative bias and always with an open mind the series deals with important topics such as censorship, the decriminalization of drugs, euthanasia, the liberties and responsibilities of the press, political correctness, race relations and the proper role of government. Over the years guests have ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. to William F. Buckley, Margaret Mead to Helen Gurley Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall to Justice Stephen Breyer, Father John LaFarge to Governor Mario Cuomo, CIA Director Richard Helms to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; Oliver Stone to Robert Redford. [28 minutes]

  • Communitarianism and "Partnership Government" (#2008)

    Norton Garfinkle, chair of the Lamaze Institute for Family Education and of George Washington University's Communitarian Policy Studies, joins host Richard D. Heffner to discuss "partnership government," stressing the value of the community as an always critical force in shaping the good society. [28 minutes]

  • The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers (#2009)

    John Sexton, dean of the New York University School of Law, joins Richard D. Heffner to discuss his conviction that: "In our society, lawyers are and must be the conscience of both the legal system and the client -- for if they are not, no one will be." [28 minutes]

  • Dr. Ruth and the Sexual Revolution (#2010)

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer joins host Richard D. Heffner to evaluate the changes in our sexual mores and behavior over the two decades in which she has played a major role in increasing our sexual awareness. [28 minutes]

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