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Explore the country’s most provocative issues and ideas in this series of discussions featuring nationally recognized voices and artists in a local setting. 

Conversations On the Green host Jane Whitney

Jane Whitney

Conversations are moderated by Jane Whitney, former NBC News correspondent and talk show host.

Events are livestreamed, with the opportunity for viewers to comment during the conversation.  To learn more about upcoming livestream events, go to Edited versions of the livestreams will air on CPTV, as listed below.

Upcoming Episodes

The Politics of Justice
Premiering Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. on CPTV
Encoring on CPTV: Sunday, June 21 at 10 a.m. & Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m.
Encoring on CPTV Spirit: Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. & Sunday, June 28 at 6 p.m.

Unchallenged for so long, the sanctity and legitimacy of the American system of checks and balances has been tantamount to political bedrock, seemingly certain to survive even a cataclysmic attack. 

But the daily headlines show that the rule of law, American democracy’s principal guardrail, is being battered as never before and, many analysts warn, now is crumbling, threatening to derail the entire American experiment in constitutional government. 

In the second of the 2020 season, Conversations On the Green brings together a panel of renowned legal scholars to discuss the threats to the rule of law, which contains the furious competition among the federal government’s three branches.


  • Neal Katyal, author and lawyer
  • Chuck Rosenberg, former U.S. attorney, FBI and DEA leader
  • Joyce Vance, MSNBC analyst

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Life After COVID-19: A Brave New World
Premiered Saturday, May 23, 2020 on CPTV

The season opener examines how the pandemic will transform the country’s economic, political, social and cultural landscapes.


  • Douglas Brinkley, historian and author of more than a dozen books
  • Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, bioethicist and leading voice on devising COVID-19 policy and Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and internationally renowned humanitarian

Working Without a Net: On Air in the Age of Trump
Premiered Sunday, November 10, 2019 on CPTV


  • Jim Acosta, CNN Chief White House Correspondent
  • Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News and MSNBC Anchor

Democracy in Danger: History’s Lessons
Premiered Sunday, September 29, 2019 on CPTV


  • Timothy Snyder, Historian, Yale University
  • Max Boot, CNN Foreign Policy Analyst
  • Malcolm Nance, MSNBC National Security Specialist

The Nine: Supreme Court Update
Premiered Sunday, August 4, 2019 on CPTV


  • Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times
  • Jeffrey Toobin, CNN and The New Yorker
  • Joan Biskupic, CNN

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