About American Forum
American Forum was the Miller Center’s 30-minute public-affairs television program taped before a live studio audience at the nation’s preeminent center for the study of the presidency. Until it was cancelled in March, 2018 due to lack of funding to continue, the show was broadcast weekly on 85 percent of all PBS stations around the U.S., and viewers could also watch the show on demand at millercenter.org and sit on on live tapings in person or virtually on our Facebook page.
Guests on American Forum came from across the political spectrum and included the great minds in the history, politics, and public policy of American life. Experienced old hands and exciting new voices joined a free-flowing conversation with host Douglas Blackmon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former editor and correspondent at the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. These interviews were substantive and lively—and a stark break from the verbal swordplay of most news and public affairs programs today. The objective was to hear from the country’s most insightful voices on critical issues, to demonstrate that there can still be civility in American public life, and to do so with no policy agenda.
Past episodes of American Forum remain available for viewing on the American Forum page of the the millercenter.org website.