My Favorites

Six ‘deep and insightful’ programs will feature national voices on provocative issues

Connecticut Public presents Conversations on the Green, a series of six interactive town hall-style forums, which began on Saturday, May 23rd at 6 p.m. on CPTV. This year’s programs will feature national voices on issues of politics and justice, including Douglas Brinkley, Nick Kristof, Gloria Steinem, Richard Haas, Margaret Hoover, David Jolly, Andrea Mitchell and many others.

Each Conversations on the Green episode is broadcast from the town of Washington in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, and addresses the most provocative issues and ideas facing the nation. Topics include politics, current events, the economy, and more. This season, due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures, each forum will stream live online before later airing on CPTV.

Conversations on the Green allows us to bring some of our country’s biggest thinkers here to Connecticut to engage in the thoughtful discussions around topics that are critical to us all right now,” said Connecticut Public Chief Content Officer Tim Rasmussen. “These are deep and insightful conversations that are designed to educate and inspire our communities, and create productive, civil discourse at a time when we need it most.”

Below are the first two episodes in the series. Additional episode premiere dates are forthcoming and can be found at as they become available.

Life After COVID-19: A Brave New World

Premieres Saturday, May 23 at 6 p.m. on CPTV 


  • Douglas Brinkley, historian; author
  • Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, bioethicist; Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Columnist; humanitarian  

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

The Politics of Justice

Premieres Saturday, June 20 at 6 p.m. on CPTV


  • Neal Katyal, author; lawyer
  • Chuck Rosenberg, Former U.S. Attorney, FBI and DEA Leader
  • Joyce Vance, MSNBC analyst

The sanctity and legitimacy of the American system of checks and balances has been the bedrock of politics in the United States for so long. But the daily headlines show that the rule of law is being tested as never before.

Tune in as a panel of renowned legal scholars discuss the threats to the rule of law, including the furious competition among the Federal government’s three branches. 

For more information about Conversations on the Green, visit 

About Connecticut Public

Connecticut Public is home to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). Together, Connecticut Public serves nearly one million citizens each month through Connecticut Public Radio and Connecticut Public Television, as well as through our many digital and online platforms. Through our mission to inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, we connect people of all ages to high quality journalism, storytelling, education and experiences, and amplify the voices of our diverse communities.  Connecticut Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with an $22 million annual budget, funded primarily through community support from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors.