Meeting of Minds

The program featured guests who played significant roles in history, engaging in conversations with host Steve Allen and each other on topics such as science, religion, history, and philosophy. Conceptually akin to the Canadian TV series “Witness to” by Arthur Voronka, which preceded “Meeting of Minds” by three years, the show aimed to create the illusion of spontaneous debates among historical figures. Before the premiere of “Meeting of Minds,” Steve Allen had appeared on a 1976 episode of “Witness to Yesterday” as George Gershwin. The words of the historical figures were faithfully used, and while the show was fully scripted, the broadcasts were carefully crafted to simulate dynamic discussions. Guests included notable figures like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Paine, Francis Bacon, Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Daniel O’Connell, Catherine II, and Oliver Cromwell. Typically, each episode was divided into two parts, with most guests introduced in the first section and the discussions unfolding over the main or subsequent parts. In total, 24 episodes were produced.

Released: 2024-02-11
Genre: Documentary
Casts: Steve Allen,
Duration: 65 min
Production: N/A

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