How Americans Survived 2020


The year 2020 marked an inflection point in U.S. history that tested the mettle of its citizenry, its government and the soul of the republic itself.

On this edition, host Jane Whitney takes a look back at the most important issues impacting our world, in a round-up of interviews from 2020 featuring nationally recognized experts on topics ranging from life after COVID-19 and the economic recovery to the election results, U.S. foreign policy and more.

Discover how Americans weathered the perfect storm of two pandemics — one, a deadly virus; the other, the scourge of racism playing out against the backdrop of a bitterly divided nation during a presidential election year.

See what Jon Meacham, Madeleine Albright, Steve Kornacki and Joy Reid said about the issues that then were foremost in our minds, and if their predictions were accurate.

Where to Watch

This program originally aired on CPTV on Sunday, December 19, 2021. It is now 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.)


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


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