All Episodes

80-Year-Olds on the Keys to Happiness in 2021

Does your grandparent hold the secret to a happier New Year?

Life Without Internet When the Whole World Has Gone Virtual

The digital divide in America has become a major problem during the pandemic.

The Joys (and Challenges) of Living in a Van

Meet some Americans who live full time in their vans traveling the country.

I Gave Birth to a Preemie During the Pandemic

Becoming a new parent during a global pandemic means expecting even more of the unexpected

I Met My Mom For The First Time at 50

For one adopted New Yorker, COVID-19 nearly derailed a reunion with her birth mother.

An Unseen Look Inside the Portland Protests

A look inside Portland’s protests through the lens of photojournalist Beth Nakamura.

Finding Love in Quarantine

America is facing a serious epidemic: loneliness.

What It’s Like to Reinvent Yourself

Reinvention is a vital part of the American identity.

How Musicians are Soundtracking this Weird Year

Music is a reflection of our American collective consciousness.

Behind the Activist

An intimate look at the everyday lives of activists fighting for racial equality.

Being 10 in 2020

Kids from all over the US give their tips on staying strong, safe, and sane in 2020.

About Self-Evident

Self-Evident is inspired by American Portrait’s central question: “What does it really mean to be an American today?” As the US grapples with COVID-19, widespread social unrest following the killing of George Floyd and a polarizing election, the series explores American challenges and triumphs as we persevere in an especially tough year.

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