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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.

Bernard Korbman

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.


Dominic Carter

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.


Listen On Demand

24 Dec 2020, 12pm

24 Dec 2020, 12pm Open Minds Wrap up: Join Bernard and Dominic as they wrap up this mini series on wokeness and cancel culture. What have we learned? Bernard makes a confession and draws some conclusions & parallels with the Australian context and Dominic waffles about post-modernism. Playlist: "Big Shot" by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, "Baby, it’s cold outside" by Tom Jones and Cerys from Catatonia, "Lola" by the Kinks.

16 Dec 2020, 5pm

16 Dec 2020, 5pm Open Minds Paul Byrne: This week’s episode of Open Minds features teacher, librarian and script-writer, Paul Byrne, in a fascinating interview about  the challenges faced in the world of education and film in today’s climate of cancel culture and wokism. Music: "Get in line" by Ron Sexsmith and "Today today today" by James Taylor

9 Dec 2020, 10pm

9 Dec 2020, 10pm Open Minds Jim Pavlidis: Bernard and Dominic continue their tour of Woke-land with an interview of delightful The Age cartoonist & artist, Jim Pavlidis. Spread over three parts, the interview covers a wide amount of ground, from cancel culture to the daily work of a cartoonist who has always manages to capture the humanity behind the absurdity. Playlist: "Across the universe" by the Beatles and "Buckets of rain" by Bob Dylan

2 Dec 2020, 4pm

2 Dec 2020, 4pm Open Minds History wars: Bernard and Dominic celebrate their return to the studio with a fascinating Zoom interview with Andrew Markus, Emeritus Professor at Monash University’s School of International, Historical and Philosophical Studies. Learn about the lost generation and issues surrounding the aboriginal Australian historical narrative. The show also features new segment "Ban of the week" and two songs: "This land is mine" by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly & "Treaty" by "Yothu Yindi"

18 Nov 2020, 1pm

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