Open Minds is a chat show hosted by two informal but well-informed bearded men, namely Bernard Korbman and Dominic Carter. Both have walked very different paths in life, but have ended up in the same place, at the same time, with the same Jew-ish sense of humour.
Is that a coincidence? We think not. Or maybe we do. Find out the answer to this and many other conundrums (or is it conundra?) by tuning in to this quirky but very enjoyable show.
They are joined every week by a special guest to discuss a variety of issues such as politics, art, music, philosophy, religion, current affairs and culture. These wide ranging topics are approached with curiosity, respect and dry wit. And above all, an open mind.
I am lucky that in my case, my wife, family and my dog Poppy are my bedrock. Dogs have always been my most effective happy pills. I strongly identify with Don Quixote, naïve and chasing windmills. My quest is to live what the Stoics called “the good life”. The Stoics elaborated a detailed taxonomy of virtue, dividing virtue into four main types: wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation. Wisdom is subdivided into good sense, good calculation, quick-wittedness, discretion, and resourcefulness. Justice is subdivided into piety, honesty, equity, and fair dealing.
My friendships are very important to me and my co-host Dominic Carter keeps me intellectually stimulated and makes me laugh.
Please join us on Open Minds, we can promise you a stimulating, irreverent and satirical look at the world around us.
Born and bred in Europe from English parents, Dominic has spent most of his life working in languages, from teaching to publishing to translating. He came to Australia for love 10 years ago and runs a successful language services company with his much better half.
In his spare time, he likes to read a large range of fiction and non-fiction in English and in French. He’s also a very keen amateur musician, whose music features in documentaries, art works and shoe-gazing albums. He also likes to buy lordships for himself.
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18 Nov 2020, 1pm Open Minds New season: Open Minds returns for its sixth season with a very special guest, Paul Komesaroff, who is a remarkably well rounded and eloquent academic figure. Join Bernard and Dominic in the first episode of a series, which will be looking at the woke movement, cancel culture and general disappearance culture up its own epistomological tract. Also features a brand new segment: Ban, ban, ban! Track list: "Can the Whites sing the Blues?" by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band "Something smells funky round here" by Elvin Bishop
8 Jul 2020, 8pm Open Minds This week’s special guest is Rev Tim Costello, one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, placing the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. He now chairs the Community Council for Australia and is a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum; Australian National Development Index; Concern Australia Advisory Group and the Campaign for Australian Aid. Tim is a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling. In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures. Playlist: U2 – When Love comes to Town Van Morrison – Bright Side of the Road Carol King – You’ve got a friend Recommended reading: "Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times" by Jonathan Sacks
1 Jul 2020, 4pm Open Minds Failures: Join Bernard and Lord Dominic for this week’s show, featuring extensive Miss Information and Clearly segments, as well as the unexpected return of the Jabberwocky. The bearded man and his Lordship have about social movements that went wrong, from BLM to MeToo, via Arab Spring and Feminism. Featuring an interview clip by Malcom X, "Cover your Freakin’ Face" by Randy Rainbow and "I’m against it" by Groucho Marx
24 Jun 2020, 6pm Open Minds Join Bernard and Lord Dominic as they close the theme on language with a hodge-podge of Australian rhyming slang, native American poetry and a cheeky little quiz. The return of the “Clearly” segment turns into a bit of a rant, as Bernard gets steamed up about divisive Facebook posts and text messages from some of our (not so Dickensian) mutual friends. Playlist: “Revolution” by The Beatles “Talkin’ about a revolution” by Tracy Chapman “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone” by Buffy Sainte Marie
17 Jun 2020, 7pm Open Minds Today, Bernard and Lord Dominic continue the theme of poetry, but this time around the theme of Black Lives Matter. The show features powerful poetry from young American poets, along with a few classics. “Deferred dream” by Lansgton Hughes “When a black man walks” by Neiel Israel “Letter to your flag” by Royalty “Whitey on the moon” Gil Scott Heron “Black boy auditions for his own death” by Gabriel Ramirez “White heaven” by Jahman Hill All songs in the show feature an Australian Aboriginal theme/performer(s): “Treaty” by Yothu Yindi “This Land is Mine” by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly “Song for Elija” by Archie Roach Outro: “Stand by me” by Playing for Change
10 Jun 2020, 4pm Open Minds Join Bernard and Dominic as continue their journey in the land of language by talking poetry. The semi-serious show features readings of poems & poets that have marked them, from Keats to Banjo Patterson, via Wilfred Owen and Lewis Carroll. Playlist: “The Raven” By the Alan Parsons Project “La Belle Dame sans Merci” by John Keats – read by Ben Winshaw “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen Read by Christopher Eccleston “Sonnet 18” by Bryan Ferry “The Geebung Polo Club” by Banjo Patterson – read by Barry Crocker “Jabberwocky” By Lewis Carroll – Read by Benedict Cumberbatch “On the Ning Nang Nong” (Sitar Version) by Spike Milligan
3 Jun 2020, 6pm Open Minds The power of lyrics: Still exploring the broad theme of language, Bernard and Lord Dominic play and talk about a number of songs with powerful lyrics. Bernard learns a new word, "palimpsest". Playlist: “Same Love” by Mackelmore “Don’t Laugh At Me” by Peter Paul and Mary “Lili Marlene” by Marlene Dietrich “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cook “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” by The Brothers Four “Mississippi Goddam” by Nina Simone
28 May 2020, 12am Open Minds The Power of Language: In this week’s lockdown-friendly episode, Bernard and Dominic telephonically converse on the subject of language, focusing mostly on its relation to power, from some philosophical considerations to its use by the Nazi regime as a tool of oppression.
20 May 2020, 8pm Open Minds Right of offense Pt 2: Join Bernard and Dominic for their second look at the right of offense, a topic loosely inspired by a complaint received a few weeks ago. This week, the two bearded men discuss books that have been banned- sometimes quite surprisingly – and films that could probably not be made today due to political correctness, wokeness and sometimes quite sensible reasons. Playlist: "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday, "The Pill" by Loretta Lynn and few excerpts from Zappa’s colourful repertoire of semi-offensive material.
14 May 2020, 9pm Open Minds The right of offence: Your two favourite presenters, Bernard and Dominic (although not necessarily in that order) are back after an enforced break for an explosive show that nonetheless respects social distancing rules. In their own inimitable style, B&D wonder where to draw the line between being able to offend and the right not to be offended. Playlist: Homophobia by Chumbawumba and Every Sperm is Sacred by Monty Python.
11 Mar 2020, 3pm Open Minds Being there: Mohmmed Mahmoud In this week’s show, Bernard and Dominic interview very special guest Mohmmed Mahmoud, who has recently celebrated his second year in Australia and brings a very interesting perspective to the table, having had to overcome personal and cultural challenges to be able to live his life according to who he is. Playlist: "Imagine" by John Lennon and "Awel Ma Abeltak" by Carole Samaha
4 Mar 2020, 4pm Open Minds Community radio: Following J-Air’s AGM at the weekend, Bernard and Dominic are reunited and united in their quest to make J-Air bigger, better and more beautiful, by inviting listeners to contribute in any way they feel comfortable. Playlist: "Avraham was a punk rocker" by Moshiach Oi!, "Yellow Star" by Serge Gainsbourg, "What a wonderful world" by The Ramones, "The shidduch hits the fan" by The Groggers
26 Feb 2020, 2pm Open Minds Marielena: For the second (and hopefully last) show without Bernard, the lovely Marielena Michanetzi stands in as both a co-host and very special guest. She is a colleague, a friend and a pillar of the Greek community, having arrived in Australia at the age of 17, following the economic crisis in Greece. Ladies and gentlemen, a star is born! Playlist: "Le Meteque" by George Moustaki and "O stathmos (the station)" by Evanthia Rempoutsika
19 Feb 2020, 2pm Open Minds Musical postcards: In this week’s show, in Bernard’s temporary absence, Dominic takes over the reins by sending musical postcards to significant people, not least of which Bernard himself. Playlist: “Stand by me” by Playing for Change “The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin “With or without you” by U2 “Big Rock Candy Mountain” by Burl Ives “On poodles and planes” by Bob Newhart “Nothing compares to you” by Sinead O’Connor
12 Feb 2020, 2pm Open Minds Nothing Right: In today’s extra special show, we welcome two very special and outspoken guests for a discussion about their political views and how they express them. Join Michael Burd, Maurice Klein and our dynamic duo for a good-humored conversation in which we cover a wide range of topics from Israel-Palestine, Facebook, divisions within the Jewish community, Trump and even a little bit of Brexit. Playlist: “Imagine” by Playing for Change, “Why can’t we be together” by David Broza
5 Feb 2020, 6pm Open Minds The Church and Sexuality: Bernard and Dominic are back after the summer break, with a discussion focused around the book "In the closet of the Vatican" by Frédéric Martel. "The book did not surprise me, as such, but it still stunned, shocked, and disgusted me. You simply cannot unread it, or banish what is quite obviously true from your mind [.] This may seem like hyperbole, but in my view, the last drops of moral authority the Vatican might hope to have evaporate with this book." (Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine) Playlist: "Every sperm is sacred" by Monty Python, "Vaya con dios (may God be with you)" by Julie London and "Where’s the Judeo in Judeo-Christian?" by Lauren Mayer
18 Dec 2019, 5pm Open Minds Being There episode 3: Bernard and Dominic continue where they left off last week with Yair Cohen. The show also features pretty meaty Miss Information and Clearly segments. Playlist: "Falling in love with you" by Lauren Glezer & Keren Leizerovitz and Leanord Cohen cover "אנא, אנא, אנא" by Shai Tsabari
11 Dec 2019, 7pm Open Minds Yair Cohen: For our second episode of "Being There", we interview Yair Cohen, an incredibly positive young man with a foot in Israel and a foot in Melbourne. We liked him so much, we asked him to come back next week! Playlist: "אברהם" (Abraham) by Daniela Spector and "Hallelujah" performed by Lauren Glezer
11 Dec 2019, 3pm Open Minds Australium: This week’s show sees Bernard interview Dominic about his musical adventures ahead of the release of his band’s third album. Playlist: excerpts and songs from "Journey" by Australium
27 Nov 2019, 3pm Open Minds Being there Part 1: Join Bernard and Dominic for the first installment of the "Being there" series, in which we interview people from all walks of life about their life. We kick off this week with a fantastic guest, Nadja Schmidt, who is a well-travelled German expert at languages, currently on her second stint in Australia. Join us as we hear this wonderfully articulate young person share her perspectives with us. Playlist: "Throw the Jew down the well" by Borat, "She loves you" by Peter Sellers, "Last dance" by Walking on Cars and "Film noir" by Gaslight Anthem