Is Unity the Impossible Dream?


Common Ground’s second show of the season focuses on whether the widespread longing for compromise and civility is nothing more than the vestigial dreams of a bygone era – or if the country can recapture the unity of spirit and purpose that has written America’s history in overcoming previous crises.

The panelists, leading voices from across a broad swath of the political spectrum, will talk about the formidable forces empowering the fringes and why the majority of Americans are relegated to the political sidelines to bemoan their diminishing influence.

Panelists include:

  • David Brooks, bestselling author and New York Times columnist
  • Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University 
  • Margaret Hoover, host of PBS’s Firing Line with Margaret Hoover 
  • Frank Luntz, pollster and political strategist 

Where to Watch

“Is Unity the Impossible Dream?” originally aired on CPTV on Sunday, May 30, 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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