The last theme [I'm seeing] is pluck, which is now my favorite word. It’s an old word, and it means spirited and determined courage. That is what I’m seeing. I don’t think it’s just an American trait, I think it’s a human trait.

“What was your 2020 supposed to be like, and what did it end up being like, through to the present?”

That’s the question Michelle Fishburne asked more than 300 people as she drove across the US in an RV, collecting stories of Americans’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic for her oral history project, Who We Are Now.

Listen in as Michelle discusses the origins of the project and how her varied career prepared her to launch this new endeavor.

Michelle Fishburne

Founder, Who We Are Now