Monday, December 28, 2015

Torah Im Derech Eretz Television: Meeting of Minds

Television is something of a bad word in the frum world. However, once upon a time there was some quality and uplifting programming. Evidence the show Meeting of Minds, description from Wikipedia:

"Meeting of Minds is a television series, created by Steve Allen, which aired on PBS from 1977 to 1981.
The show featured guests (played by actors) who played significant roles in world history. Guests would interact with each other and host Steve Allen, discussing philosophy, religion, history, science, and many other topics. It was conceptually quite similar to the Canadian television series Witness to Yesterday, created by Arthur Voronka, which preceded Meeting Of Minds to the air by three years.
The series was filmed at television station KCET in Hollywood, California. As nearly as was possible, the actual words of the historical figures were used. The show was fully scripted, yet the scripts were carefully crafted to give the appearance of spontaneous discussion among historic figures."

Guests included:PlatoSocratesAristotleThomas Aquinas, Marie AntoinetteFlorence NightingaleThomas PaineFrancis BaconThomas JeffersonVoltaireDaniel O'ConnellCatherine II, and Oliver Cromwell.[5]"
If there's such a thing as TIDE television, this is it.

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