Does Democracy Need a Facelift?


The battle to sustain democracy, which many historians and pundits consider this century’s preeminent challenge, is the heart of the third episode of Common Ground with Jane Whitney slated to air this season. Once considered democracy’s bedrock, a proud model for the world, the American experiment in the constitutional government is being battered as never before and, many analysts warn, now is crumbling.

This show brings together a panel of renowned voices to discuss the escalating threats to voter protections and the rule of law as well as how the country can rebuild the guardrails of democracy.

Panelists include:

  • E.J. Dionne, Jr., author and columnist for The Washington Post
  • Maria Theresa Kumar, CEO and president of Voto Latino 
  • Heather Cox Richardson, author, historian, and professor of history at Boston College
  • Bret Stephens, New York Times columnist and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

Where to Watch

“Does Democracy Need a Facelift?” will premiere on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. on CPTV and the CPTV Livestream. It will also be available for on-demand viewing on this page, as well as at video.cptv.org; on YouTube; and on the free Connecticut Public mobile app. (Visit Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the app.)

The program will encore on CPTV and the CPTV Livestream on Tuesday, June 29 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 3 at 11 a.m. It will encore on CPTV Spirit on Wednesday, June 30 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 3 at 1 p.m., and Sunday, July 4 at 6 p.m.


Common Ground with Jane Whitney is distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT).


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