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The Future of Abortion Laws at the Supreme Court

1:01:34 | Feb 28th

Two leading voices from organizations on different sides of today's biggest debates over reproductive rights and abortion laws—Catherine Glenn Foster of Americans United for Life and Dr. Kelli Garcia of National Women's Law Center—join host Jeffrey R...Show More

Is the Presidency Too Powerful?

1:00:49 | Feb 21st

On this Presidents’ Day edition of We the People, political historian Julian Zelizer of Princeton and constitutional law professor Eric Posner of the University of Chicago Law School join host Jeffrey Rosen to debate the question: Is the presidency t...Show More

The Tennessee Wine Case and the 21st Amendment

1:01:08 | Feb 14th

For We the People listeners enjoying wine this Valentine’s Day – we’re exploring the still-pending Supreme Court case Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair. This lawsuit was brought by Total Wine & More, a retail liquor giant, and...Show More

Can the Equal Rights Amendment be Revived?

1:15:44 | Feb 7th

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) technically expired on June 30, 1982, the ratification deadline set by Congress, but a renewed push to resurrect and ratify this constitutional amendment gained momentum in 2017, with ratification by Illinois and Neva...Show More

Football, Faith, and the First Amendment

1:03:02 | Jan 31st

 A dispute over the firing of a high school football coach who refused to stop praying on the field after games reached the Supreme Court this term; last week, the justices said they would not hear the case until its facts were better established by ...Show More

MLK's Constitutional Legacy

56:35 | Jan 24th

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this episode celebrates King’s life and work, his hopeful vision for America, and his fight to pass landmark civil rights laws and realize the promises of the Constitution. Civil rights and constitutional law e...Show More

Is the Second Amendment a “Second Class Right”?

1:05:16 | Jan 17th

The Supreme Court has not decided a major Second Amendment case since McDonald v. Chicago in 2010, but the Court may break this silence soon if it decides to grant certiorari in Mance v. Whitaker – a challenge to a law prohibiting interstate handgun ...Show More

Can the President Declare a National Emergency to Build the Wall?

58:41 | Jan 10th

President Trump and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over a White House proposal to fund the construction of a southern border wall. The president has said that if Congress decides not to appropriate the funds, then he will “probably” dec...Show More

Best of 2018: ‘Madison, the Media, and the Mob’ Live at America’s Town Hall

58:53 | Jan 3rd

Jeffrey Rosen hosts a live conversation at the National Constitution Center with leading journalists—Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic; Michelle Goldberg, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; and Jonah Goldberg, senior editor of th...Show More

Best of 2018: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Live at America’s Town Hall

1:16:40 | Dec 27th, 2018

Pulitzer-prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin sits down with host Jeffrey Rosen at the National Constitution Center to discuss her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times–a culmination of five decades of acclaimed study in presidential histor...Show More

2018: A Constitutional Year in Review

1:07:11 | Dec 20th, 2018

This episode looks back at the biggest constitutional issues of 2018—from the recent ruling striking down Obamacare, to the Emoluments Clause lawsuits, the census case, the Mueller investigation, and more. Guests Emily Bazelon and Josh Blackman join ...Show More

Cohen, Trump, and Campaign Finance Law

36:42 | Dec 13th, 2018

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to several crimes, including illegally making hush money payments to two women alleging affairs with then-candidate Trump. On this episode, cam...Show More

Is the Act Protecting the Special Counsel Unconstitutional?

54:06 | Dec 6th, 2018

This episode examines the constitutionality of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act – bipartisan legislation that, if passed, would impose regulations on firing a Special Counsel (such as Robert Mueller). Although the bill is stalled fo...Show More

LIVE AT AMERICA’S TOWN HALL: Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

34:04 | Dec 6th, 2018

On this episode – originally published on our companion podcast, Live at America’s Town Hall – Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) breaks down the recent developments related to The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which he co-sponsored. (We ex...Show More

The Bladensburg Peace Cross Case

59:06 | Nov 29th, 2018

This episode explores the Supreme Court case The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, which concerns a lawsuit over the possible demolition of a 40 foot tall cross that is part of a World War I memorial on public property in Maryland. La...Show More

Free Speech and Press Cases in the Courts

58:32 | Nov 21st, 2018

President Trump’s revocation of CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass and the ongoing lawsuit CNN v. Trump have brought issues relating to press freedom and due process under the Constitution back into the news. On this episode, David...Show More

The Attorney General, the President, and Congressional Oversight

57:44 | Nov 15th, 2018

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Trump, the president appointed Sessions’ former chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, to serve as acting attorney general, and a flurry of questions about the legality, constitutio...Show More

Does the Constitution Require Birthright Citizenship?

1:07:08 | Nov 8th, 2018

President Trump’s declaration that he could revoke birthright citizenship with an executive order has set off a firestorm of controversy among legal scholars. On this episode, Professors Akhil Amar and Edward Erler debate whether or not the 14th Amen...Show More

Voting Rights, Election Law, and the Midterms

51:12 | Nov 1st, 2018

As Americans prepare to head to the polls next week, We the People partnered with Ballotpedia for a rundown of the election law and voting rights issues most relevant to the 2018 midterms. Ballotpedia’s News Editor Sarah Rosier joins election law sch...Show More

Key Congressional Elections in History

59:48 | Oct 25th, 2018

With the 2018 midterm elections fast approaching, this episode delves into the history of congressional elections, from the Founding to today, answering the questions: What did the Founders expect that Congressional elections would look like? What di...Show More

Is There a Supreme Court Legitimacy Crisis?

1:00:55 | Oct 18th, 2018

In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, debates about the Supreme Court’s legitimacy remain in the public spotlight. Some believe that the Kavanaugh confirmation caused a legitimacy crisis that can only be solved by reform proposa...Show More

Libel, the Media, and Constitutional Legitimacy

49:35 | Oct 11th, 2018

Cries of “defamation” came from the White House following the publication of in-depth reporting on President Donald Trump and his finances by The New York Times, but this is not the first time the president has expressed criticism of the press or U.S...Show More

Senators Flake and Coons: The Future of the Senate and the Supreme Court

46:16 | Oct 4th, 2018

Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons join Jeffrey Rosen to discuss their important role in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, including their last-minute agreement to pause the nomination to allow for an FBI investigation of the allegations against ...Show More

Supreme Court Term Preview

56:25 | Sep 27th, 2018

We take a deep dive into the upcoming Supreme Court term, set to begin Monday, October 1, and explore forthcoming cases that involve everything from double jeopardy and excessive fines to cemeteries and endangered frogs. Host Jeffrey Rosen is joined ...Show More

Should Chevron Be Overturned?

55:19 | Sep 20th, 2018

This episode, recorded live in New York City at the Federal Bar Association’s 2018 annual convention, features a debate of the following question: “Should Chevron Be Overturned?” The 1984 Supreme Court decision Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Co...Show More

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Recap

55:32 | Sep 13th, 2018

Nina Totenberg and Neal Katyal join host Jeffrey Rosen to unpack Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and evaluate his testimony. Totenberg and Katyal recap what we learned about Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy and his views on everything fr...Show More

The History of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

1:01:04 | Sep 6th, 2018

In the midst of the contentious confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, we explore the history of Supreme Court confirmation hearings and consider their constitutional implications. How did the Framers envision the Senate’s role in providing ...Show More

What Constitutes an Impeachable Offense?

53:09 | Aug 30th, 2018

Last week’s guilty plea from Michael Cohen and the conviction of Paul Manafort prompted widespread debate over whether the president was implicated in criminal acts and if he should be impeached. Alan Dershowitz and Joshua Matz join host Jeffrey Rose...Show More

Robert Smalls: Escaping Slavery and Fighting Injustice

59:16 | Aug 24th, 2018

In the midst of the Civil War, Robert Smalls overtook a Confederate boat filled with 17 other enslaved people and steered it to freedom. This extraordinary act was the first of many, as Smalls went on to a groundbreaking career of activism and became...Show More

Harriet Scott: The Woman Behind Dred Scott v. Sanford

57:43 | Aug 23rd, 2018

This week, we uncover the life of Harriet Scott, the wife and co-plaintiff of Dred Scott in the infamous case Dred Scott v. Sanford. Although much is known about the case itself – in which the Supreme Court held that African Americans were not citize...Show More

Callie House: Reparations Advocate and Trailblazer

46:11 | Aug 16th, 2018

This episode delves into the extraordinary life of reparations advocate Callie House, who tirelessly traveled the country organizing newly freed African Americans in the quest to right the wrongs of slavery. Despite her status as a former slave, a wo...Show More

John Bingham: Father of the 14th Amendment

55:31 | Aug 9th, 2018

John Bingham was one of the most influential but least known visionaries of the post-Civil War Constitution. Dubbed “the James Madison of the 14th Amendment” by Justice Hugo Black, Bingham drafted a constitutional provision that changed the course of...Show More

The life and legacy of Frederick Douglass

1:07:21 | Aug 2nd, 2018

On this debut episode of our special Stories of the Civil War and Reconstruction Series, we examine the life of one of America’s most influential abolitionists, orators, writers, and statesmen – Frederick Douglass. Growing up as an enslaved person in...Show More

What is Treason?

1:12:51 | Jul 26th, 2018

After his recent meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin and comments about Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump has sparked a new controversy relating to the constitutional definition of treason, and to what exten...Show More

The New Supreme Court

1:07:30 | Jul 19th, 2018

Jeffrey Rosen leads a discussion about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Gorsuch’s first year on the Supreme Court, and what the future of the Court might look like. Brianne Gorod is the Constitutional Accountability Center’s chief counsel. ...Show More

Happy 150th Birthday, 14th Amendment

1:08:46 | Jul 12th, 2018

Leading Civil War and Reconstruction scholars discuss the history and meaning of the 14th Amendment in celebration of its 150th anniversary.Allen Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Get...Show More

The Legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy

1:06:35 | Jul 5th, 2018

John Elwood, Leah Litman, and Christopher Yoo, three of Anthony Kennedy’s former clerks, join We The People to discuss the Justice’s Supreme Court legacy.John Elwood is a partner at Vinson & Elkins law firm, teaches at the University of Virginia Scho...Show More

The Supreme Court now: Decisions, deciders and what’s next

54:58 | Jun 28th, 2018

Jeffrey Rosen, host of “We the People,” moderates a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival about the Supreme Court’s momentous recent term. From same-sex wedding cakes to voting rights to gerrymandering to public unions, the latest ...Show More

The Golden State Killer and Genetic Privacy

58:02 | Jun 21st, 2018

Erin E. Murphy of New York University Law School and Andrea Roth of University of California Berkeley School of Law discuss the Golden State killer case and the future of genetic privacy with host Jeffrey Rosen.This past April, California police anno...Show More

Jeffrey Rosen Answers Questions about Self-Pardons, the Fourth Amendment, and James Madison

53:10 | Jun 14th, 2018

In this episode, We the People host Jeff Rosen answers constitutional questions that you, our listeners, have been asking. We’ve been collecting your questions over the past few months from social media, our weekly newsletter, Constitution Weekly, an...Show More

The Supreme Court’s current term

55:00 | Jun 7th, 2018

Michael Dorf from the Cornell University Law School and Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute join Jeffrey Rosen to discuss some major cases already decided in the Supreme Court's current term and others expected from the Justices in the next few week...Show More

Ken Burns: Telling Constitutional Stories

47:12 | May 31st, 2018

Today we are joined by Ken Burns, renowned American filmmaker and documentarian, to discuss the history of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the legacy of the 14th Amendment.  Ken Burns is prolific: His widely known documentary series include The Ci...Show More

George Will on Madisonian Government

56:48 | May 24th, 2018

This week, during a symposium held at the National Constitution Center, We the People host Jeffrey Rosen sat down with George Will, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, to discuss federalism, the 17th Amendment, and the state of ...Show More

The Iran nuclear deal under Trump

53:23 | May 17th, 2018

On May 8, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, calling the deal “horrible,” “one-sided” and “the worst deal ever.” The president said he planned to institute sanctions against Iran, and tha...Show More

Social Media and Digital Disinformation

1:28:04 | May 11th, 2018

On May 3, the National Constitution Center hosted a traveling America’s Town Hall panel at Stanford Law School to discuss the effects of digital disinformation on democracy today. We the People host Jeffrey Rosen was joined by Elliot Schrage, Faceboo...Show More

Eric Holder on the 14th Amendment today

1:04:51 | May 3rd, 2018

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, which was ratified on July 9, 1868. Last week, the National Constitution Center and the Thurgood Marshall Institute at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund co-hosted a daylong sympo...Show More

The Supreme Court considers the travel ban case

47:34 | Apr 26th, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in one of the biggest cases of the year: Trump v. Hawaii, the challenge to the latest iteration of President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict travel to the United States by nationals fr...Show More

Facebook and the Future of Democracy

1:02:23 | Apr 19th, 2018

Jeffrey Rosen discusses the recent Facebook hearingsand the broader impact of social media on free speech and democracy with Nate Persily of Stanford Law and Kate Klonick of Yale Law School.Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you. Conta...Show More

Justice Breyer on the First Amendment

52:38 | Apr 12th, 2018

Our president and CEO, Jeffrey Rosen sits down with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston. They discuss the First Amendment, hate speech, the Citizens United decision, and other free speech cases.Stephen G....Show More

President Trump and the Federal Judiciary

57:48 | Apr 5th, 2018

When President Donald Trump took office last year, there were over 100 federal court vacancies, roughly twice as many as when President Barack Obama faced the same situation in 2009. Since then, President Trump has been nominating judges and having n...Show More

Hamilton: The Constitutional clashes that shaped a nation

1:16:58 | Mar 29th, 2018

This week, the National Constitution Center celebrates the March 2018 opening of its new exhibit, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation. This compelling new exhibit highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his lege...Show More

William Howard Taft and the Constitution

1:30:01 | Mar 22nd, 2018

In his new book for The American Presidents Series, the National Constitution Center’s President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen argues that William Howard Taft was our most judicial president and presidential Chief Justice, and explores Taft’s crucial role in...Show More

Trump, Tariffs, and Trade

52:08 | Mar 15th, 2018

Over the past few months, President Trump has announced new tariffs on imported goods from solar panels and washing machines to steel and aluminum. He has also taken swift executive action to block international mergers that he has deemed harmful to ...Show More

Workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation

46:50 | Mar 8th, 2018

Can an employment lawsuit be based on the premise that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a Title VII violation under the Civil Rights Act of 1964? On Feb. 26, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 10-3 decision in Zarda v. A...Show More

The United States v. Microsoft

58:19 | Mar 1st, 2018

Can the federal government compel a U.S.-based email provider to turn over its records as part of a criminal investigation when those records are located outside of the country?The United States v. Microsoft case pending before the Supreme Court coul...Show More

Mandatory union fees and the First Amendment

55:20 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Alicia Hickok and Eugene Volokh join National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss a major Supreme Court case about public-union dues.The Supreme Court is considering arguments in a case that could have a huge effect on publ...Show More

A conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1:19:37 | Feb 15th, 2018

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a wide-ranging conversation in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.In the 75-minute interview, Justice Gin...Show More

Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

51:34 | Feb 7th, 2018

In this episode, we’re answering questions that you, our listeners, have been asking about the Constitution, with the National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.We’ve been collecting your questions over the past few months from soci...Show More

History of Impeachment: From Andrew Johnson to Today

54:41 | Feb 1st, 2018

In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, on Feb. 24, we look at the history of presidential impeachments, the interpretation of the Impeachment Clause, and the application to current day controversies.J...Show More

The Constitution in Year One of the Trump administration

45:39 | Jan 25th, 2018

On January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. In the year since he took office, a variety of novel constitutional issues have arisen, from the interpretation of the Emoluments Clauses, to the ...Show More

Federalism under President Trump

51:19 | Jan 18th, 2018

The relationship between the federal  government and the states is currently at the center of controversies about sports gambling, marijuana use and sanctuary cities policies. In the past year, these and related issues have come before federal courts...Show More

Undocumented teens and abortion

53:11 | Jan 11th, 2018

This week, we look at the case Hargan v. Garza, a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of undocumented immigrantthat asks if the federal government can deny access to an abortion for pregnant undocumented teens.As of January 11, 2018, the Supreme Cour...Show More

Gerrymandering and American democracy

52:27 | Jan 4th, 2018

In the Gill case this year, the Supreme Court might determine the constitutional future of partisan gerrymandering.Scholars and advocates have been discussing the arguments at the heart of the case – as well as those involved in related cases heading...Show More

The existential threat of big tech

1:14:01 | Dec 27th, 2017

Franklin Foer, national correspondent for The Atlantic, explores how tech platforms like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google have transformed the way we think and produced a new culture of misinformation that is trampling values such as privacy, auto...Show More

Sexual Harassment Law Under the Constitution

1:01:24 | Dec 21st, 2017

Gail Heriot and Diane Rosenfeld join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss how several federal laws may work to address sexual harassment and assault claims.Gail Heriot is Professor of Law at the University of San Di...Show More

The Constitution and the Mueller investigation

46:49 | Dec 14th, 2017

In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.Since Mueller’s appointment, the probe has ra...Show More

Net neutrality at a legal crossroads

1:01:49 | Dec 7th, 2017

Gus Hurwitz and Travis LeBlanc join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for an engaging debate about the potential repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules.To learn more about this week’s topic, visit our podcast resources pa...Show More

The Masterpiece Cakeshop case

42:18 | Nov 30th, 2017

Vanita Gupta and Michael Moreland join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to preview next week’s Supreme Court arguments about a dispute over a cake shop owner’s right to not create a cake for a same-sex marriage event. Gupt...Show More

The future of digital privacy

1:14:18 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Alex Abdo of the Knight First Amendment Institute and Orin Kerr of George Washington Law debate whether warrantless searches and seizures of cellphone records violate the Fourth Amendment in a special podcast hosted at the National Press Club.In late...Show More

Tax reform and the Constitution

56:01 | Nov 16th, 2017

Joseph Fiskin from the University of Texas at Austin Law School and Steven Willis from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to look at potential constitutional issues relate...Show More

Is the fight against ISIS legal?

48:48 | Nov 10th, 2017

Bruce Ackerman and Chris Fonzone join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss a lawsuit challenging several congressional actions used to authorize United States military actions against ISIS and other terror groups.

Deconstructing the administrative state

57:09 | Nov 2nd, 2017

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump ran on a platform of rolling back the “administrative state.” Since taking office, President Trump has followed through on some of his campaign promises, signing various Executive Orders aimed at undoing prev...Show More

The Emoluments Clause in court

44:07 | Oct 26th, 2017

Josh Blackman and Jed Shugerman join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss President Trump’s alleged violation of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses.

The evolution of voting rights

1:06:46 | Oct 20th, 2017

Debo Adegbile and Will Consovoy join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss constitutional challenges to the Voting Rights Act and election law.

The state of the Second Amendment

1:00:26 | Oct 12th, 2017

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas tragedy, renewed attention has come to controversy over the constitutional status of guns in the United States and the role of the Second Amendment.Joining National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen...Show More

The future of gerrymandering

58:28 | Oct 7th, 2017

Michael Morley and Daniel Tokaji join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss Supreme Court arguments in a potential landmark case about gerrymandering.

The First Amendment and hate speech

1:01:51 | Sep 28th, 2017

Shannon Gilreath and Keith Whittington join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss if the courts can regulate hate speech.

The Supreme Court’s next term

1:05:07 | Sep 21st, 2017

Michael Dorf and Ilya Shapiro join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to preview a potentially blockbuster Supreme Court term starting in early October.

What would Madison think today?

1:10:09 | Sep 14th, 2017

In commemoration of Constitution Day 2017, we will explore what James Madison would think of today’s presidency, Congress, courts, and media and how we can resurrect Madisonian values today.

Presidential pardons and the rule of law

59:20 | Sep 7th, 2017

Brian Kalt and Margaret Love join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen in a broad-ranging discussion about the President’s constitutional powers to issue pardons.

Charlottesville and free assembly

55:31 | Aug 31st, 2017

Protests in Charlottesville, Baltimore, and Ferguson have prompted many questions about the right to protest in our country. What restrictions can governments place on assemblies? What responsibilities do governments have to protect protestors? How s...Show More

War powers and national security

57:39 | Aug 25th, 2017

Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, raise armies, and regulate forces. Yet Article II names the President the Commander-in-Chief and vests him with the executive power. Who should be in charge of the nation’s securi...Show More

Trump, Twitter and the First Amendment

53:00 | Aug 17th, 2017

Can President Trump block citizens from following his own Twitter feed? The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University has filed suit on behalf of several Twitter users who were denied the ability to follow the President’s Twitter feed a...Show More

Civil Rights And Constitutional Change

1:03:59 | Aug 10th, 2017

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen moderates a special discussion about the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing and how it impacted the meaning of equality in America.In this event, held on June 16 in Philadelphia, bombing surviv...Show More

George Washington’s warning to future generations

1:13:53 | Aug 3rd, 2017

John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, discusses the first president’s momentous and prescient farewell address to the nation and how the address could help reunite America through the lessons rooted in Washington’s experience as described i...Show More

Jeffrey Rosen at the Chautauqua Institution

1:16:10 | Jul 27th, 2017

In a special We The People podcast event, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen talks about the importance of the Supreme Court’s future at the famed Chautauqua Institution. Rosen spoke to an enthusiastic crowd on July 26, 2017...Show More

The debate over President Trump's election commission

48:22 | Jul 20th, 2017

Deborah Archer of New York Law School and Derek Muller of Pepperdine University discuss the agenda and challenges of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.Read about the 24th Amendment on the National Constitution Center's Intera...Show More

Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?

47:05 | Jul 13th, 2017

David Schleicher of Yale University and Todd Zywicki of George Mason University discuss the text, history, and future of this contested amendment.New essays are now available on the Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution. Read about the 17th ...Show More

The future of digital free speech

54:04 | Jul 6th, 2017

At a live event in Los Angeles, CA, Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Eugene Volokh of UCLA discuss current debates about speech online.Continue today’s conve...Show More

What just happened at the Supreme Court?

48:41 | Jun 29th, 2017

Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute break down the busy final days of the Court's 2016-2017 term.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.We want to know...Show More

EXTRA: A celebration of Lyle Denniston

1:03:07 | Jun 28th, 2017

Legendary Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston reflects on the Court, the Constitution, and his long career.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitterusing @ConstitutionCtr.We want to know what you think of the podcast! Email us at [email...Show More

Government leaks and the Espionage Act at 100

56:47 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Cybersecurity expert Paul Rosenzweig and Stephen Vladeck of the University of Texas explore the constitutional debate over leaks and their publication.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.We want to know what y...Show More

Loving v. Virginia at 50

57:34 | Jun 15th, 2017

Steve Calabresi of Northwestern University and Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University discuss the landmark case and its constitutional legacy.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.We want to know what you think...Show More

The soul of the First Amendment

1:02:03 | Jun 8th, 2017

Celebrated First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than anywhere else in the world.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter...Show More

EXTRA: Trump, Comey and obstruction of justice

35:49 | Jun 5th, 2017

Alan Dershowitz and Laura Donohue join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the legal and constitutional issues surrounding President Donald Trump’s handling of the Russia probe.This show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacciand S...Show More

Your constitutional questions, answered

52:42 | Jun 1st, 2017

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers listener questions about the Preamble, judicial power, and more.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.We want to know what you think ...Show More

The life and legacy of John Marshall

51:33 | May 25th, 2017

Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina and Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond explore the influential career of the nation's longest-serving chief justice.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionC...Show More

Will the President's travel ban hold up in court?

53:10 | May 18th, 2017

Leah Litman of the University of California, Irvine, and Earl Maltz of Rutgers University discuss the latest legal developments and how the ban may ultimately fare at the Supreme Court.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @Cons...Show More

Exploring the debate over 'sanctuary cities'

51:16 | May 11th, 2017

Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University and Cristina Rodriguez of Yale University discuss President Trump's executive order on immigration and how Congress could respond to sanctuary cities going forward.Continue today’s conversatio...Show More

EXTRA: Is the firing of James Comey a constitutional crisis?

22:53 | May 11th, 2017

In a special bonus episode, Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law in Houston and David Cole of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss what President Trump's firing of the FBI director means for our constitutional system.If you like what...Show More

James Wilson and the creation of the Constitution

56:20 | May 4th, 2017

Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Tom Donnelly of the National Constitution Center discuss the Pennsylvania Federalist and America's greatest proponent of popular sovereignty.American Treasures: Documenting the Nation's...Show More

The Madisonian Constitution and the future of freedom

1:11:28 | Apr 27th, 2017

In excerpts from Freedom Day 2017, Mickey Edwards and Norm Ornstein reflect on the state of Congress, and George Will offers his take on the future of freedom.Listen to the full program, including great panels on the media, presidency, and more, on o...Show More

Religious liberty at the Supreme Court

56:11 | Apr 20th, 2017

Marci Hamilton of the University of Pennsylvania and Hannah Smith of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty discuss the issues and best arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter usi...Show More

Article I and the role of Congress

1:06:26 | Apr 13th, 2017

In a special event at Columbia University, David Pozen of Columbia and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz of Georgetown University discuss how to restore the separation of powers.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.Sig...Show More

The history and constitutionality of the filibuster

1:05:49 | Apr 6th, 2017

Richard Arenberg of Brown University and Josh Chafetzof Cornell University discuss the history of the Senate filibuster and whether or not it should be eliminated. Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitterusing @ConstitutionCtr.Sign up to...Show More

Privacy, equality, and transgender students

58:59 | Mar 30th, 2017

Alexandra Brodksy of the National Women's Law Center and Gary McCaleb of the Alliance Defending Freedom discuss whether Title IX or the Constitution bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twi...Show More

The Gorsuch hearings and the future of the Constitution

58:16 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Michael Ramsey of the University of San Diego and Eric Segall of Georgia State University discuss what the hearings reveal about Neil Gorsuch's potential impact on the Supreme Court and constitutional law.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and...Show More

Property rights at the Supreme Court

55:37 | Mar 16th, 2017

David Breemer of the Pacific Legal Foundation and John Echeverria of Vermont Law School discuss the issues in a big case about the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.Sign up t...Show More

The constitutional legacy of Prohibition

1:03:05 | Mar 9th, 2017

Historians Lisa Andersen and Josh Zeitz explore the history and politics of Prohibition, including its impact on federal power and civil liberties.American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is now open at the National Constitution Center thro...Show More

The future of federalism

1:04:47 | Mar 2nd, 2017

In a special live event at Georgetown University, Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law in Houston and Peter Edelman of Georgetown discuss the fate of federalism in the Trump era.Special thanks to Clifton Fels and the Georgetown chapters of...Show More

Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

45:25 | Feb 23rd, 2017

The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center answers listener questions about sanctuary cities, presidential power, and more.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.Sign up to receive Constitution Wee...Show More

Presidential succession and the 25th Amendment at 50

49:56 | Feb 16th, 2017

Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute explain how succession works and how it can be improved.It’s time for another edition of “Ask Jeff”! Submit your questions anonymously at bit.ly/askjeffpodcas...Show More

Should Neil Gorsuch be confirmed to the Supreme Court?

50:42 | Feb 9th, 2017

Michele Jawando of the Center for American Progress and John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation discuss the judge's record and potential to shape the Court.It's time for another edition of "Ask Jeff"! Submit your questions anonymously at bit.ly/askje...Show More

President Trump's immigration order: Is it legal?

38:04 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Peter Spiro of Temple University and Anil Kalhan of Drexel University explore the best arguments for and against the President's controversial action on refugees and international travel.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversati...Show More

Has President Trump violated the Emoluments Clause?

46:13 | Jan 26th, 2017

Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Andy Grewal of the University of Iowa discuss questions about the President's business operations.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter...Show More

Offensive speech and trademarks at the Supreme Court

53:05 | Jan 19th, 2017

Deborah Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown University discuss Lee v. Tam, a big First Amendment case.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, o...Show More

The future of the regulatory state

43:30 | Jan 12th, 2017

Gillian Metzger of Columbia University and David Bernstein of George Mason University explain how President Trump, Congress, and the courts may challenge the executive agencies that govern our daily lives.Get the latest constitutional news, and conti...Show More

A new look at America's founding

58:30 | Jan 5th, 2017

Michael Klarman of Harvard Law School and Patrick Spero of the American Philosophical Society reassess the debates that defined the Founding era.This program was presented live at the Constitution Center on November 14, 2016. You can watch the progra...Show More

President Obama's constitutional legacy

55:57 | Dec 30th, 2016

Journalists and scholars give their take on the Obama presidency.The speakers are Jonathan Chait of New York magazine, Michael Days of The Philadelphia Daily News, David French and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review, and Michael Gerhardt, scholar-in-r...Show More

Akhil Reed Amar on the Bill of Rights

1:01:16 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University explains the history and importance of the Bill of Rights on its 225th anniversary.This program was presented live at the National Constitution Center on December 15, 2016, as part of the annual Bill of Rights Day B...Show More

The Bill of Rights at 225

53:41 | Dec 15th, 2016

Historians Carol Berkin and David O. Stewart reflect on the history and legacy of the Bill of Rights as it turns 225 years old.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter.We want to know what you think o...Show More

Is this the end of partisan gerrymandering?

39:43 | Dec 8th, 2016

Nicholas Stephanopoulos of the University of Chicago and Michael Morley of Barry University discuss a big Wisconsin case that could reach the Supreme Court.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter.We ...Show More

Should we abolish the Electoral College?

51:58 | Dec 1st, 2016

Alex Keyssar of Harvard University and James Ceaser of the University of Virginia explore the history and purpose of the Electoral College.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter.We want to know what...Show More

The state of campus free speech

1:24:21 | Nov 24th, 2016

Scholars and activists explore the future of free expression at U.S. universities. The speakers are PEN America Executive Director Suzanne Nossel, First Amendment expert Floyd Abrams, University of Missouri student activist Storm Ervin, civil rights ...Show More

Donald Trump and the Supreme Court

55:16 | Nov 17th, 2016

Dahlia Lithwick of Slate and Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University explain how new appointments to the Court could change constitutional law.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter.We wan...Show More

Looking ahead to the Trump presidency

57:17 | Nov 10th, 2016

Michael Dorf of Cornell University and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute discuss how the Constitution will restrain or empower the new President.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter.We want to kn...Show More

The Fourteenth Amendment and equality under the law

49:13 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Earl Maltz of Rutgers University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach abortion, same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and more.Get the latest constitutional news, and c...Show More

The Fourth Amendment and civil liberties

56:13 | Oct 27th, 2016

Tracey Meares of Yale University and John Stinneford of the University of Florida explore how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach policing and privacy.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter.We...Show More

The Second Amendment and gun rights

52:36 | Oct 20th, 2016

Joseph Blocher of Duke University and attorney Alan Gura discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may enforce or undermine the right to bear arms.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter.We want t...Show More

The First Amendment and the freedom of expression

1:03:12 | Oct 13th, 2016

Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine, and Bradley Smith of Capital University explore how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may protect or threaten the freedoms of speech and press.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue ...Show More

Article III and the future of the Supreme Court

59:44 | Oct 6th, 2016

Daniel Farber of the University of California, Berkeley, and Barry McDonald of Pepperdine University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would appoint judges and change constitutional law.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the ...Show More

What to expect at the Supreme Court this year

47:41 | Sep 29th, 2016

John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation and Michele Jawando of the Center for American Progress discuss recent news from the high court and cases to watch in the new term.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook ...Show More

Article V and constitutional change

50:38 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Michael Rappaport of the University of San Diego and David Strauss of the University of Chicago discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could change the Constitution.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook ...Show More

Article II and the powers of the President

53:25 | Sep 15th, 2016

Michael Ramsey of the University of San Diego and Christopher Schroeder of Duke University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump understand the powers and duties of the nation's chief executive.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue ...Show More

The Constitution at Guantánamo Bay

42:52 | Sep 8th, 2016

John Yoo of the University of California, Berkeley, and Karen Greenberg of Fordham University discuss the legal status of detainees and prospects for the prison's closure in the final months of the Obama administration.Get the latest constitutional n...Show More

America's biggest constitutional crises

55:35 | Sep 1st, 2016

Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University, Sean Wilentz of Princeton University, and political journalist Sidney Blumenthal explore how Presidents have confronted the nation's gravest constitutional crises.Get the latest constitutional news, and cont...Show More

Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about constitutional interpretation

1:03:22 | Aug 25th, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers your questions about progressive originalism, Justice Clarence Thomas, the Civil War, and more.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Faceboo...Show More

The history and meaning of the 19th Amendment

46:36 | Aug 18th, 2016

Gretchen Ritter of Cornell University and Susan Ware explore the history of women's rights and the fight to extend voting rights to all women.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitter.We want to know w...Show More

Voting rights in the courts

57:35 | Aug 11th, 2016

Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice explore recent court rulings about the right to vote in America.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on Facebook and Twitte...Show More

The presidency of George Washington

1:06:46 | Aug 4th, 2016

Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University, Edward Larson of Pepperdine University, and Douglas Bradburn of George Washington's Mount Vernon explore the constitutional legacy of our nation’s first President.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue th...Show More

A constitutional history of the Democratic Party

39:46 | Jul 28th, 2016

Political journalist Sidney Blumenthal, Sean Wilentz of Princeton University, and William Forbath of the University of Texas explore the history of the Democrats through a constitutional lens.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conve...Show More

A constitutional history of the Republican Party

49:12 | Jul 21st, 2016

David French of the National Review and Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina explore the history of the GOP through a constitutional lens.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twit...Show More

Political parties and the Constitution

50:50 | Jul 14th, 2016

James Ceaser of the University of Virginia and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer of Indiana University discuss the role of parties in the American constitutional system.This episode is the first part of a three-part series on political parties and the Constitution...Show More

A 'deep dive' on the Supreme Court

1:03:56 | Jul 7th, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is joined by leading Supreme Court watchers to review the recent term and look ahead to the future.The participants are Neal Katyal of Georgetown University and Hogan Lovells; Judg...Show More

Making sense of an unpredictable year at the Supreme Court

44:46 | Jun 30th, 2016

Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and Michael Dorf of Cornell Law School explore the biggest cases and trends at the Supreme Court this year.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twit...Show More

The Orlando shooting and the Constitution

53:49 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Adam Winkler of the University of California, Los Angeles and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute explore the constitutional debates over gun control and immigration policy.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Face...Show More

Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the First Amendment

54:13 | Jun 16th, 2016

Jane Kirtley of the University of Minnesota and Amy Gajda of Tulane University examine the Gawker-Hulk Hogan dispute and the tension between press freedom and privacy.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook ...Show More

Hamilton, the man and the musical

37:32 | Jun 9th, 2016

Annette Gordon-Reed and Michael Klarman of Harvard Law School discuss Alexander Hamilton's constitutional legacy and the Broadway musical that bears his name.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and ...Show More

The life and legacy of Justice Louis Brandeis

1:30:00 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is joined by Melvin Urofsky of Virginia Commonwealth University and Philippa Strum of the Wilson Center to discuss his new biography of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.Ge...Show More

Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about the Constitution

58:15 | May 26th, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers questions about originalism, presidential primaries, Harvard final clubs, and more.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page a...Show More

Felons and the right to vote

47:39 | May 19th, 2016

Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity and Erika Wood of New York Law School debate whether voting rights should be restored for people with past criminal convictions.It’s time for another episode of “Ask Jeff”! Tweet us your questions using...Show More

Marijuana and the Constitution

54:18 | May 12th, 2016

Douglas Berman of The Ohio State University and Randy Barnett of Georgetown University explore the constitutional issues at stake in the regulation and legalization of marijuana.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on ou...Show More

Debating the laws regulating bathroom use and gender

58:22 | May 5th, 2016

Joshua Block from the ACLU and Matthew Sharp from the Alliance Defending Freedom join our Jeffrey Rosen to take a closer look at the debate over laws regulating bathroom use for transgender Americans.

Bob McDonnell, public corruption, and the Supreme Court

48:29 | Apr 28th, 2016

Noah Bookbinder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Judge Nancy Gertner of Harvard Law School discuss the issues at stake in McDonnell v. United States.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our ...Show More

Is President Obama's immigration policy against the law?

48:55 | Apr 21st, 2016

Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law and Cristina Rodriguez of Yale Law School review the issues and oral arguments in United States v. Texas.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twitt...Show More

The future of free speech at the Supreme Court

43:21 | Apr 14th, 2016

Adam Liptak of The New York Times and Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago discuss the future of free speech in a special Freedom Day episode.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twitter f...Show More

Does the Senate have a duty to hold hearings for Supreme Court nominees?

48:11 | Apr 7th, 2016

Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine and Michael Ramsey of the University of San Diego debate what the Constitution requires when it comes to Supreme Court appointments.We need your help to make this podcast even better! Go to bi...Show More

Religious liberty and the Obamacare contraceptive mandate

48:10 | Mar 31st, 2016

Greg Lipper of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Michael Moreland of Villanova University debate one of the most important Supreme Court cases of the term.We need your help to make this podcast even better! Go to bit.ly/wtpfeedb...Show More

Celebrating the appointment of Chief Justice John Marshall

57:24 | Mar 24th, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, explores the Great Chief Justice's constitutional clashes with Thomas Jefferson and his influence on later Justices in a talk for the Supreme Court Historical Society.We need your ...Show More

The constitutional and political impact of Citizens United

46:50 | Mar 17th, 2016

David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics and Paul Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center discuss the state of elections and campaign finance, six years after Citizens United.We need your help to make this podcast even better! Go to bit.ly/wtpf...Show More

In Apple v. FBI, who should win?

54:30 | Mar 11th, 2016

Joseph DeMarco of DeVore and DeMarco LLP and David Greene of the Electronic Frontier Foundation debate whether Apple must assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone used in the San Bernadino attack.We need your help to make this podcast even better! Go to...Show More

The Texas abortion case at the Supreme Court

55:11 | Mar 3rd, 2016

Clarke Forsythe from Americans United For Life and Mary Ziegler from the Florida State University College of Law join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the major abortion case heard by the Supreme Court this week.

The 14th Amendment and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

1:03:09 | Feb 25th, 2016

Judge James Wynn of the Fourth Circuit and Chief Judge Theodore McKee of the Third Circuit discuss the meaning of the 14th Amendment and the impact of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The life and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

44:51 | Feb 18th, 2016

Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School and Steven Calabresi of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law remember the late Justice and reflect on his constitutional legacy.

Constitutional Minute: Women and the draft

00:54 | Feb 11th, 2016

In this bonus segment, Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, explains the constitutional debate over requiring women to register for the draft.

The Constitution in the 2016 presidential primaries

55:29 | Feb 11th, 2016

Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Michael Dorf of Cornell University Law School discuss hot topics on the campaign trail, including citizenship, immigration, and gun control.

The 15th Amendment and the right to vote

41:27 | Feb 4th, 2016

Richard Pildes of the New York University School of Law and Bradley Smith of the Capital University Law School discuss the history and meaning of the last Reconstruction Amendment.

Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

50:03 | Jan 28th, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers listener questions about natural-born citizenship, gun rights, same-sex marriage, and more.

What’s next for free speech?

56:00 | Jan 21st, 2016

Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School and Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law dissect the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and explore current debates over its meaning.

Public unions and free speech at the Supreme Court

40:01 | Jan 13th, 2016

Catherine Fisk of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and David Forte of the Cleveland State University Marshall College of Law break down the constitutional issues in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and predict how the C...Show More

Constitutional Minute: Natural-born citizenship

00:53 | Jan 13th, 2016

In this bonus segment, Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, explains what the Constitution says about "natural born" citizenship and the presidency.

Have we lost our First Amendment rights of assembly and petition?

49:41 | Jan 7th, 2016

Burt Neuborne of the New York University School of Law and John Inazu of the Washington University School of Law reveal the history and power of the First Amendment's Assembly and Petition Clauses.

Dissent and the Supreme Court

1:04:08 | Dec 31st, 2015

Revered judicial authority Melvin Urofsky talks about his new book on the history of dissent at the Supreme Court and its role in the nation's constitutional dialogue.

The life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush

1:06:41 | Dec 24th, 2015

Presidential historian Jon Meacham joins The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza to discuss his blockbuster new biography of George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st President and a former chairman of the National Constitution Center.

The history and meaning of the Establishment Clause

48:35 | Dec 16th, 2015

In honor of the holiday season, Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School and Marci Hamilton of the Cardozo School of Law debate the history and contemporary application of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.

The 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment

45:22 | Dec 10th, 2015

Tom Donnelly of the Constitutional Accountability Center, Jamal Greene of Columbia Law School and Randy Barnett of the Georgetown University Law Center discuss the history, meaning, and legacy of the 13th Amendment.

Affirmative action returns to the Supreme Court

57:59 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Neil Siegel of the Duke University School of Law preview an upcoming Supreme Court case about "racial preferences" in university admissions.

Does the Second Amendment protect the right to own and carry a gun?

1:34:10 | Nov 24th, 2015

Michael O’Shea of the Oklahoma City University School of Law and Carl Bogus of the Roger Williams University School of Law debate the history and meaning of the Second Amendment at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The First Amendment speech debate on college campuses

39:18 | Nov 20th, 2015

Erwin Chemerinsky and Greg Lukianoff join National Constitution Center scholar in residence Michael Gerhardt to discuss controversies at Yale, Missouri and other universities about free speech and hate speech.

The meaning of “one person, one vote”

45:10 | Nov 12th, 2015

Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute in Washington preview an important new Supreme Court case about voter equality.

Is the death penalty unconstitutional?

45:00 | Nov 4th, 2015

John Stinneford of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the meaning of the Eighth Amendment and the future of the death penalty.

The first 10 years of the Roberts Court

42:52 | Oct 29th, 2015

Adam Liptak of The New York Times and Joan Biskupic of Reuters News reflect on the tenure of Chief Justice John Roberts and the impact of the Supreme Court under his leadership.

A reasoned debate about the Second Amendment

49:05 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Adam Winkler of the UCLA School of Law and Nelson Lund of the George Mason University School of Law examine the history of the Second Amendment and the current debates about the extent of its protections.

Is the Constitution color-blind?

55:44 | Oct 13th, 2015

Theodore Shaw of the University of North Carolina School of Law and Michael Rosman of the Center for Individual Rights explore how the Constitution deals with race.

The Constitution and the world

48:39 | Oct 8th, 2015

Oona Hathaway of Yale Law School and Michael Paulsen of the University of St. Thomas School of Law debate whether foreign laws or international agreements have a role in interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

What’s next at the Supreme Court?

51:40 | Sep 30th, 2015

Kenji Yoshino of the New York University School of Law and Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law preview the new Supreme Court term that begins on October 5.

When religious liberty conflicts with LGBT rights, who wins?

45:01 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Kristina Arriaga of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Greg Lipper of Americans United for Separation of Church and State discuss the Kim Davis saga and two competing bills in Congress.

Explore the new Interactive Constitution

47:04 | Sep 15th, 2015

Richard Pildes of the New York University School of Law and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz of the Georgetown University Law Center join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to introduce the Center's online Interactive Constitution.

Obamacare, Kim Davis, and religious exemptions

47:10 | Sep 10th, 2015

Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom and Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress examine constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate with guest host Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carol...Show More

The Constitution on the 2016 campaign trail

46:42 | Sep 3rd, 2015

Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Michael Dorf of Cornell Law School join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to analyze what the 2016 presidential candidates are saying about the Constitution.

Texas H.B. 2 and the right to an abortion

37:34 | Aug 27th, 2015

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen welcomes Stephanie Roti from the Center for Reproductive Rights and Emily Kebodeaux from Texas Right to Life to discuss a constitutional challenge to a Texas law regulating abortion providers.

The 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship

47:59 | Aug 19th, 2015

Stanford Law School's Bernadette Meyler and Emory University School of Law's William Mayton join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause and current debate over the children of immigrants li...Show More

Why the Innocent Plead Guilty

1:05:02 | Aug 12th, 2015

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen is joined by federal judges Jed Rakoff and Michael Baylson to debate the public misconceptions and systemic failings of America’s criminal justice system.

The history and legacy of the 13th Amendment

1:00:29 | Aug 6th, 2015

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by “patriotic philanthropist” and Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein to discuss the history and legacy of the 13th Amendment.

Is the Iran nuclear deal constitutional?

47:51 | Jul 30th, 2015

BakerHostetler's David Rivkin and Hofstra University's Julian Ku join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and the constitutional questions about its passage and enforcement.

Voting rights on trial in North Carolina

52:09 | Jul 22nd, 2015

As the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act approaches, Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Derek Muller of the Pepperdine University School of Law join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss...Show More

Everything You Need to Know About The Constitution in Two Amendments

53:34 | Jul 16th, 2015

Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, leads an interactive discussion about the myriad issues, history, and opinions related to the First and Fourth Amendments.

Perspectives on a historic Supreme Court term

56:14 | Jul 9th, 2015

National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen is joined by U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Neal Katyal, David Frum and David Leonhardt to break down a busy end to the Supreme Court’s term.

The Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriages, redistricting

58:03 | Jul 2nd, 2015

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Richard Pildes and Michael Stokes Paulsen to analyze the constitutional aspects of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage and election redistricting decisions.

Analyzing the Obamacare Supreme Court decision

40:24 | Jun 25th, 2015

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Ilya Shapiro and Erwin Chemerinsky to break down Thursday’s decision that upheld critical Obamacare tax subsidies in about three dozen states.

Supreme Court rules on license plates, church signs and visas

49:50 | Jun 18th, 2015

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen talks with Ilya Somin from George Mason University and the Constitutional Accountability Center’s Elizabeth B. Wydra about four big Supreme Court cases, including decisions on vanity license plates and...Show More

Zivotofsky: Which branch controls foreign affairs?

47:34 | Jun 9th, 2015

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California-Irvine School of Law and Richard Epstein of the New York University School of Law to discuss a major ruling on the separation of powers an...Show More

Reviewing the Supreme Court’s first week of June

43:36 | Jun 4th, 2015

Jeffery Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitutional Center, is joined by Richard Pildes and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz to review the Supreme Court’s headscarf and Facebook decisions, and two other cases on the horizon.

Donor disclosure and anonymous speech

46:16 | May 28th, 2015

Allen Dickerson and Anthony Johnstone debate the controversy over non-profits being forced to release the names of anonymous donors. Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center hosts this conversation.

Jeffrey Rosen answers questions about the Supreme Court

41:54 | May 21st, 2015

National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen is joined by University of North Carolina professor Michael Gerhardt to answer reader questions about the Supreme Court and other matters.

The Courts, The Constitution and Phone Metadata

45:18 | May 15th, 2015

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by three top experts to look at the constitutional future of the Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215, which allows the NSA to collect the phone records of Americans.

Capital punishment returns to the Supreme Court

52:31 | May 6th, 2015

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Ellen Kreitzberg and David B. Rivkin Jr. to discuss a major Supreme Court case about the use of lethal injection as an execution method.

Debating the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage arguments

44:52 | Apr 29th, 2015

The National Constitution Center's Jeffery Rosen is joined by John Eastman and Paul M. Smith to break down the historic arguments about same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court this week.

The Fourth Amendment and police dog searches

39:23 | Apr 23rd, 2015

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Orin Kerr and Christopher Slobogin to discuss another big Supreme Court decision about the Fourth Amendment and police dogs.

The fight for freedom in the 21st century

1:05:34 | Apr 16th, 2015

On our first-ever Freedom Day on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen speaks with five leaders across the ideological spectrum about the meaning of freedom today and tomorrow.

The constitutional debate over state RFRA laws

42:37 | Apr 2nd, 2015

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen speaks with Brigham Young University's Frederick Mark Gedicks and the University of Richmond's Kevin Walsh about the national debate over state RFRA laws.

The Confederate license plate debate

35:18 | Mar 27th, 2015

Ilya Shapiro and Scott Gaylord join us to debate one of the more interesting cases in front of the Supreme Court this term: the right of Texas to ban state-issued license plates that feature the Confederate flag.

The First Amendment and racist speech on college campuses

47:57 | Mar 19th, 2015

Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Eugene Volokh and Kent Greenfield, who wrote two widely read pieces about the Oklahoma frat situation, for a wide-ranging talk about the First Amendment.

The President, Congress, Iran and the Constitution

47:50 | Mar 12th, 2015

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen is joined by constitutional experts Bruce Ackerman and Louis Fisher to discuss a hot topic: the roles of the President and Congress in conducting America’s foreign policy.

Experts analyze the Supreme Court case about Obamacare

43:22 | Mar 5th, 2015

Jonathan H. Adler from Case Western Reserve University and Nicholas Bagley from the University of Michigan join National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen to analyze the core constitutional arguments in the latest Obamacare challenge at the...Show More

Who holds the redistricting power?

47:50 | Feb 25th, 2015

Michael Morley and Nick Stephanopoulos join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss an upcoming Supreme Court case from Arizona that could dramatically shape the future of the legislative redistricting process.

Obama’s Immigration policy at a legal crossroads

38:48 | Feb 19th, 2015

Michael Dorf and Ilya Shapiro join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the legal and constitutional implications of a judicial decision in Texas that could change, or stop, President Obama's new immigration policies.

Presidential powers and the Constitution

26:37 | Feb 13th, 2015

Influential scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Richard Epstein join our Jeffrey Rosen for a special Presidents Day podcast about the true constitutional meaning of executive power.

Learn about our new bipartisan effort to promote constitutional awareness

27:26 | Feb 4th, 2015

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen talks about an important new project to promote constitutional awareness with Rick Pildes from the New York University School of Law and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz from Georgetown University...Show More

Jeff Rosen answers your constitutional questions

47:23 | Jan 29th, 2015

In the latest installment of our popular podcast series, National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about constitutional conventions, creating new states and the rights of immigrants.

Should elected judges be allowed to ask for donations?

38:53 | Jan 22nd, 2015

Jeffery Rosen speaks with two leading experts, Bob Corn-Revere and Burt Neuborne, about one of the most interesting cases in the Supreme Court this term: about state-level judges who run for office, and want to raise campaign funds.

Charlie Hebdo and the freedom of speech

24:43 | Jan 14th, 2015

Eric Posner from the University of Chicago and Jonathan Rauch from the Brookings Institution tackle an urgent constitutional debate: If speech is perceived to be insulting or indecent, is it permissible for government to regulate its expression?

Judicial rulings and the evaluation of laws

35:25 | Jan 7th, 2015

Michael Gerhardt from the University of North Carolina School of Law and Clark Neily from the Institute for Justice join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss a timeless topic among constitutional law scholars: When is it appropriate for the courts to strike ...Show More

The Constitution and the CIA interrogation report

36:16 | Dec 19th, 2014

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, speaks with Michael Lewis from Ohio Northern University and Chris Anders from the American Civil Liberties Union about the constitutional aspects of the CIA’s detainment and interr...Show More

The aftermath of Ferguson for the legal system

36:41 | Dec 10th, 2014

Our Jeffrey Rosen talks with Tracey L. Meares from Yale Law School and Paul Butler from Georgetown Law about the constitutional and legal fallout from the Ferguson and Staten Island situations.

Free speech, Facebook and the Supreme Court

32:27 | Dec 4th, 2014

Our Jeffrey Rosen speaks with Steven M. Freeman from the Anti-Defamation League and Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute about a potential landmark Supreme Court case involving Facebook and free speech.

Experts analyze President Obama’s immigration actions and the Constitution

40:05 | Nov 21st, 2014

Louis Fisher from the Constitution Project and Chris Edelson from American University analyze President Obama’s speech and executive orders about immigration, in an in-depth conversation with the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen.

The Supreme Court considers racial gerrymandering

30:25 | Nov 13th, 2014

Rick Hasen from the UC-Irvine School of Law and Roger Clegg from the Center for Equal Opportunity join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this term, about the roles of race and party in determining election districts.

The discussion over the Supreme Court, passports and Israel

44:19 | Nov 5th, 2014

Jeffrey Rosen from the National Constitution Center is joined by Eugene Kontorovich from Northwestern and Mike Ramsey from the University of San Diego to discuss a big Supreme Court case over the use of the word “Israel” on a passport.

Jeffrey Rosen answers your Bill of Rights questions

39:29 | Oct 24th, 2014

In the newest installment of our Ask Jeff podcast series, the National Constitution Center’s president, Jeffrey Rosen, answers visitor questions about the Bill of Rights

The Supreme Court tackles prison beards and religious liberty

23:06 | Oct 10th, 2014

Howard Friedman and Marci Hamilton join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss a Supreme Court case that could further define the limits of religious liberty in a secular society.

The real scoop on “The Roosevelts”

1:14:52 | Oct 10th, 2014

Listen to National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen’s incredible one-hour interview with author Geoffrey Ward, the author of the book on “The Roosevelts” that was featured on PBS.

Eastman and Hasen on the Voting Rights debate

24:56 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Rick Hasen from the University of California-Irvine and John Eastman from Chapman University break down the biggest issues about voting rights and the Constitution, as the Supreme Court considers one case and more cases are in front of federal judges...Show More

How our federal judicial system was born

37:24 | Sep 24th, 2014

Jeffrey P. Minear, the Counselor to the Chief Justice of the United States, joins our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the 225th anniversary of the Act that established our federal judicial system.

John Yoo and Ilya Somin discuss Obama and the War Powers Resolution

37:01 | Sep 16th, 2014

Is President Barack Obama redefining the Constitution by limiting congressional input into military actions against the terror organization ISIL? Leading experts Ilya Somin and John Yoo join the National Constitution Center's Jeffery Rosen to discuss...Show More

Online privacy for public figures in the social media age

33:20 | Sep 5th, 2014

Do current laws give public figures and private people adequate protection from online hackers who repost content on websites? The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen speaks with Eric Posner and Marc Rotenberg about a very personal topic.

Ask Jeff Rosen, Episode 2: Congress and the Constitution

33:53 | Aug 15th, 2014

In our second “Ask Jeff Rosen” podcast, the National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen answers reader questions about the 14th Amendment, if Congress is above the law, and if a national day of prayer would be legal.