We the People

A weekly show of constitutional debate hosted by National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen where listeners can hear the best arguments on all sides of the constitutional issues at the center of American life.

News Commentary
Gerrymandering and American democracy
Its impact on polarization and competitive elections
47 min
The existential threat of big tech
Privacy, autonomy, and individuality in a modern world
69 min
Sexual Harassment Law Under the Constitution
Constitutional dimensions to sexual harassment law
56 min
The Constitution and the Mueller investigation
Legal experts looks at obstruction, presidentia powers issues
42 min
Net neutrality at a legal crossroads
A potential repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules
57 min
The Masterpiece Cakeshop case
The First Amendment evaluated by the Supreme Court
37 min
The future of digital privacy
The Supreme Court considers cellphone location data
69 min
Tax reform and the Constitution
What constitutional issues are under debate at Congress?
51 min
Is the fight against ISIS legal?
Army captain claims President lacks authority
44 min
Deconstructing the administrative state
The Trump administration’s efforts to roll back government
52 min
The Emoluments Clause in court
Group sues Trump over gifts
39 min
The evolution of voting rights
Constitutional challenges to the Voting Rights Act and election law
62 min
The state of the Second Amendment
Experts discuss after Las Vegas shootings
55 min
The future of gerrymandering
Supreme Court argues a landmark case
53 min
The First Amendment and hate speech
Can the courts meaningfully decide what hate speech is?
57 min
The Supreme Court’s next term
A preview of blockbuster cases
60 min
What would Madison think today?
A look at Madisonian values today
65 min
Presidential pardons and the rule of law
A debate over separation of powers and our Constitution
54 min
Charlottesville and free assembly
Discussing the right to protest in our country
50 min
War powers and national security
A debate on presidential war powers and Congress’ role in national security.
52 min
Trump, Twitter and the First Amendment
Can President Trump block citizens from following his own Twitter feed?
53 min
Civil Rights And Constitutional Change
A special event remembering the Birmingham bombing
63 min
George Washington’s warning to future generations
Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast discusses newest book
73 min
Jeffrey Rosen at the Chautauqua Institution
A look at two big cases at the Supreme Court next term
76 min
The debate over President Trump's election comm...
Deborah Archer and Derek Muller on the commission's agenda and challenges to it.
48 min
Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?
David Schleicher and Todd Zywicki on the text, history, and future of this contested amendment.
47 min
The future of digital free speech
Cindy Cohn, Judge Alex Kozinski, and Eugene Volokh on current debates about speech online.
54 min
What just happened at the Supreme Court?
Brianne Gorod and Ilya Shapiro on the busy final weeks of the 2016-2017 term.
48 min
EXTRA: A celebration of Lyle Denniston
"The dean of the Supreme Court press corps" reflects on the Court, the Constitution, and his long career.
63 min
Government leaks and the Espionage Act at 100
Paul Rosenzweig and Stephen Vladeck on the constitutional debate over leaks and their publication.
56 min
Loving v. Virginia at 50
Steve Calabresi and Sheryll Cashin on the landmark case and its constitutional legacy.
57 min
The soul of the First Amendment
Floyd Abrams on why America protects free speech more than any other country in the world.
62 min
EXTRA: Trump, Comey and obstruction of justice
Alan Dershowitz and Laura Donohue join our Jeffrey Rosen
35 min
Your constitutional questions, answered
National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen on the Preamble, judicial power, and more.
52 min
The life and legacy of John Marshall
Michael Gerhardt and Kevin Walsh on the influential career of the nation's longest-serving chief justice.
51 min
Will the President's travel ban hold up in court?
Leah Litman and Earl Maltz on the latest legal developments and the ban's chances at the Supreme Court.
53 min
Exploring the debate over 'sanctuary cities'
Elizabeth Price Foley and Cristina Rodriguez on the President's executive order and Congress's options going forward.
51 min
EXTRA: Is the firing of James Comey a constitut...
Josh Blackman and David Cole on what constitutes a constitutional crisis and what should happen going forward.
22 min
James Wilson and the creation of the Constitution
Christopher Yoo and Tom Donnelly on the Pennsylvania Federalist and America's greatest proponent of popular sovereignty.
56 min
The Madisonian Constitution and the future of f...
Excerpts from Freedom Day 2017 explore what James Madison would think of American democracy today.
71 min
Religious liberty at the Supreme Court
Marci Hamilton and Hannah Smith on the issues and best arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer.
56 min
Article I and the role of Congress
David Pozen and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz on restoring the separation of powers.
66 min
The history and constitutionality of the filibu...
Richard Arenberg and Josh Chafetz on the fate of the Senate's most famous rule.
65 min
Privacy, equality, and transgender students
Alexandra Brodsky and Gary McCaleb on gender identity and the law.
58 min
The Gorsuch hearings and the future of the Cons...
Michael Ramsey and Eric Segall on Neil Gorsuch's potential impact on the Supreme Court and constitutional law.
58 min
Property rights at the Supreme Court
David Breemer and John Echeverria on a big case about the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause.
55 min
The constitutional legacy of Prohibition
Lisa Andersen and Josh Zeitz on the history and politics of America's most colorful, complex constitutional hiccup.
63 min
The future of federalism
Josh Blackman and Peter Edelman on states' rights in the Trump era.
64 min
Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional quest...
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center answers listener questions about the Constitution.
45 min
Presidential succession and the 25th Amendment ...
Akhil Reed Amar and Norman Ornstein on succession and how to improve it.
49 min
Should Neil Gorsuch be confirmed to the Supreme...
Michele Jawando and John Malcolm on the nominee's record and potential to shape the Court.
50 min
President Trump's immigration order: Is it legal?
Peter Spiro and Anil Kalhan on the best arguments for and against the President's controversial action.
38 min
Has President Trump violated the Emoluments Cla...
Brianne Gorod and Andy Grewal on the President's business operations.
46 min
Offensive speech and trademarks at the Supreme ...
Deborah Gerhardt, Ilya Shapiro, and Rebecca Tushnet on a big First Amendment case.
53 min
The future of the regulatory state
Gillian Metzger and David Bernstein on challenges to the executive agencies that govern our daily lives.
43 min
A new look at America's founding
Michael Klarman and Patrick Spero on the debates that shaped the nation's creation.
58 min
President Obama's constitutional legacy
Journalists and scholars give their take on the Obama presidency.
55 min
Akhil Reed Amar on the Bill of Rights
A conversation with "America's greatest teacher of the Bill of Rights" on its 225th anniversary.
61 min
The Bill of Rights at 225
Carol Berkin and David O. Stewart on the history and legacy of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
53 min
Is this the end of partisan gerrymandering?
Nick Stephanopoulos and Michael Morley on a big Wisconsin case that could reach the Supreme Court.
39 min
Should we abolish the Electoral College?
Alex Keyssar and James Ceaser with the best arguments on both sides.
51 min
The state of campus free speech
Scholars and activists on the tension between free speech and diversity on college campuses.
84 min
Donald Trump and the Supreme Court
Dahlia Lithwick and Jonathan Adler on the future of the Court.
55 min
Looking ahead to the Trump presidency
Michael Dorf and Ilya Shapiro on Donald Trump and the Constitution.
57 min
The Fourteenth Amendment and equality under the...
Elizabeth Wydra and Earl Maltz on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach abortion, same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and more.
49 min
The Fourth Amendment and civil liberties
Tracey Meares and John Stinneford on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach policing and privacy.
56 min
The Second Amendment and gun rights
Joseph Blocher and Alan Gura on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump understand the right to bear arms.
52 min
The First Amendment and the freedom of expression
Erwin Chemerinsky and Bradley Smith on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump understand speech and press rights.
63 min
Article III and the future of the Supreme Court
Daniel Farber and Barry McDonald on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could shape the courts.
59 min
What to expect at the Supreme Court this year
John Malcolm and Michele Jawando on the October 2016 term.
47 min
Article V and constitutional change
Michael Rappaport and David Strauss on how the next President could change the Constitution.
50 min
Article II and the powers of the President
Michael Ramsey and Christopher Schroeder on the 2016 presidential candidates and executive power.
53 min
The Constitution at Guantánamo Bay
John Yoo and Karen Greenberg on the status of detainees and prospects for the prison's closure.
42 min
America's biggest constitutional crises
Historians discuss how Presidents steer the nation through troubled times.
55 min
Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about cons...
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center goes back to basics.
63 min
The history and meaning of the 19th Amendment
Gretchen Ritter and Susan Ware on the landmark amendment that extends voting rights to all women.
46 min
Voting rights in the courts
Hans von Spakovsky and Wendy Weiser on the scope of the right to vote in America.
57 min
The presidency of George Washington
Akhil Reed Amar, Edward Larson, and Doug Bradburn on the constitutional legacy of our nation's first President.
66 min
A constitutional history of the Democratic Party
Leading historians and legal scholars explore the history of Democrats.
39 min
A constitutional history of the Republican Party
David French and Michael Gerhardt on the history of the GOP.
49 min
Political parties and the Constitution
Two experts on American politics explore the role of parties in America.
50 min
A 'deep dive' on the Supreme Court
Leading observers of the Supreme Court weigh in on its present and future.
63 min
Making sense of an unpredictable year at the Su...
Two constitutional experts explore the biggest cases and trends of the term.
44 min
The Orlando shooting and the Constitution
Adam Winkler and Ilya Shapiro weigh in on the constitutional debates over gun control and immigration policy.
53 min
Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the First Amendment
Two scholars of media law weigh in on the Gawker-Hulk Hogan dispute.
54 min
Hamilton, the man and the musical
Annette Gordon-Reed and Michael Klarman on "the 10-dollar Founding Father without a father."
37 min
The life and legacy of Justice Louis Brandeis
Three leading Brandeis scholars discuss the great Justice.
90 min
Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about the ...
Jeffrey Rosen answers listener questions.
58 min
Felons and the right to vote
Roger Clegg and Erika Wood debate an issue of growing national importance.
47 min
Marijuana and the Constitution
Doug Berman and Randy Barnett on the movement to legalize pot.
54 min
Debating the laws regulating bathroom use and g...
Experts evaluate regulations and transgender rights
58 min
Bob McDonnell, public corruption, and the Supre...
Is the McDonnell case an example of justice or the overcriminalization of politics?
48 min
Is President Obama's immigration policy against...
Josh Blackman and Cristina Rodriguez debate an important Supreme Court case.
48 min
The future of free speech at the Supreme Court
Adam Liptak and Geof Stone join us for a special Freedom Day episode.
43 min
Does the Senate have a duty to hold hearings fo...
The President and Congress square off over the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
48 min
Religious liberty and the Obamacare contracepti...
Two experts on law and religion debate one of the biggest Supreme Court cases of the year.
48 min
Celebrating the appointment of Chief Justice Jo...
Jeffrey Rosen at the Supreme Court on John Marshall.
57 min
The constitutional and political impact of Citi...
Exploring the constitutional landscape, six years later.
46 min
In Apple v. FBI, who should win?
Apple and the FBI square off over an iPhone used in the San Bernadino shooting.
54 min
The Texas abortion case at the Supreme Court
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55 min