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

This program originally aired on Sunday, June 27, 2021 on CPTV and is now available to watch on-demand above.

It is also available on 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.)


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


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