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.

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Jeffrey Rosen at the Chautauqua Institution
A look at two big cases at the Supreme Court next term
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The debate over President Trump's election comm...
Deborah Archer and Derek Muller on the commission's agenda and challenges to it.
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Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?
David Schleicher and Todd Zywicki on the text, history, and future of this contested amendment.
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The future of digital free speech
Cindy Cohn, Judge Alex Kozinski, and Eugene Volokh on current debates about speech online.
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What just happened at the Supreme Court?
Brianne Gorod and Ilya Shapiro on the busy final weeks of the 2016-2017 term.
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EXTRA: A celebration of Lyle Denniston
"The dean of the Supreme Court press corps" reflects on the Court, the Constitution, and his long career.
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Government leaks and the Espionage Act at 100
Paul Rosenzweig and Stephen Vladeck on the constitutional debate over leaks and their publication.
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Loving v. Virginia at 50
Steve Calabresi and Sheryll Cashin on the landmark case and its constitutional legacy.
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The soul of the First Amendment
Floyd Abrams on why America protects free speech more than any other country in the world.
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EXTRA: Trump, Comey and obstruction of justice
Alan Dershowitz and Laura Donohue join our Jeffrey Rosen
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Your constitutional questions, answered
National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen on the Preamble, judicial power, and more.
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The life and legacy of John Marshall
Michael Gerhardt and Kevin Walsh on the influential career of the nation's longest-serving chief justice.
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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.
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Exploring the debate over 'sanctuary cities'
Elizabeth Price Foley and Cristina Rodriguez on the President's executive order and Congress's options going forward.
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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.
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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.
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The Madisonian Constitution and the future of f...
Excerpts from Freedom Day 2017 explore what James Madison would think of American democracy today.
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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.
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Article I and the role of Congress
David Pozen and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz on restoring the separation of powers.
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The history and constitutionality of the filibu...
Richard Arenberg and Josh Chafetz on the fate of the Senate's most famous rule.
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Privacy, equality, and transgender students
Alexandra Brodsky and Gary McCaleb on gender identity and the law.
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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.
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Property rights at the Supreme Court
David Breemer and John Echeverria on a big case about the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause.
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The constitutional legacy of Prohibition
Lisa Andersen and Josh Zeitz on the history and politics of America's most colorful, complex constitutional hiccup.
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The future of federalism
Josh Blackman and Peter Edelman on states' rights in the Trump era.
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Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional quest...
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center answers listener questions about the Constitution.
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Presidential succession and the 25th Amendment ...
Akhil Reed Amar and Norman Ornstein on succession and how to improve it.
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Should Neil Gorsuch be confirmed to the Supreme...
Michele Jawando and John Malcolm on the nominee's record and potential to shape the Court.
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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.
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Has President Trump violated the Emoluments Cla...
Brianne Gorod and Andy Grewal on the President's business operations.
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Offensive speech and trademarks at the Supreme ...
Deborah Gerhardt, Ilya Shapiro, and Rebecca Tushnet on a big First Amendment case.
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The future of the regulatory state
Gillian Metzger and David Bernstein on challenges to the executive agencies that govern our daily lives.
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A new look at America's founding
Michael Klarman and Patrick Spero on the debates that shaped the nation's creation.
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President Obama's constitutional legacy
Journalists and scholars give their take on the Obama presidency.
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Akhil Reed Amar on the Bill of Rights
A conversation with "America's greatest teacher of the Bill of Rights" on its 225th anniversary.
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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.
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Is this the end of partisan gerrymandering?
Nick Stephanopoulos and Michael Morley on a big Wisconsin case that could reach the Supreme Court.
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Should we abolish the Electoral College?
Alex Keyssar and James Ceaser with the best arguments on both sides.
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The state of campus free speech
Scholars and activists on the tension between free speech and diversity on college campuses.
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Donald Trump and the Supreme Court
Dahlia Lithwick and Jonathan Adler on the future of the Court.
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Looking ahead to the Trump presidency
Michael Dorf and Ilya Shapiro on Donald Trump and the Constitution.
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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.
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The Fourth Amendment and civil liberties
Tracey Meares and John Stinneford on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach policing and privacy.
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The Second Amendment and gun rights
Joseph Blocher and Alan Gura on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump understand the right to bear arms.
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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.
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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.
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What to expect at the Supreme Court this year
John Malcolm and Michele Jawando on the October 2016 term.
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Article V and constitutional change
Michael Rappaport and David Strauss on how the next President could change the Constitution.
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Article II and the powers of the President
Michael Ramsey and Christopher Schroeder on the 2016 presidential candidates and executive power.
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The Constitution at Guantánamo Bay
John Yoo and Karen Greenberg on the status of detainees and prospects for the prison's closure.
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America's biggest constitutional crises
Historians discuss how Presidents steer the nation through troubled times.
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Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about cons...
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center goes back to basics.
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The history and meaning of the 19th Amendment
Gretchen Ritter and Susan Ware on the landmark amendment that extends voting rights to all women.
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Voting rights in the courts
Hans von Spakovsky and Wendy Weiser on the scope of the right to vote in America.
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The presidency of George Washington
Akhil Reed Amar, Edward Larson, and Doug Bradburn on the constitutional legacy of our nation's first President.
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A constitutional history of the Democratic Party
Leading historians and legal scholars explore the history of Democrats.
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A constitutional history of the Republican Party
David French and Michael Gerhardt on the history of the GOP.
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Political parties and the Constitution
Two experts on American politics explore the role of parties in America.
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A 'deep dive' on the Supreme Court
Leading observers of the Supreme Court weigh in on its present and future.
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Making sense of an unpredictable year at the Su...
Two constitutional experts explore the biggest cases and trends of the term.
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The Orlando shooting and the Constitution
Adam Winkler and Ilya Shapiro weigh in on the constitutional debates over gun control and immigration policy.
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Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the First Amendment
Two scholars of media law weigh in on the Gawker-Hulk Hogan dispute.
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Hamilton, the man and the musical
Annette Gordon-Reed and Michael Klarman on "the 10-dollar Founding Father without a father."
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The life and legacy of Justice Louis Brandeis
Three leading Brandeis scholars discuss the great Justice.
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Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about the ...
Jeffrey Rosen answers listener questions.
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Felons and the right to vote
Roger Clegg and Erika Wood debate an issue of growing national importance.
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Marijuana and the Constitution
Doug Berman and Randy Barnett on the movement to legalize pot.
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Debating the laws regulating bathroom use and g...
Experts evaluate regulations and transgender rights
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Bob McDonnell, public corruption, and the Supre...
Is the McDonnell case an example of justice or the overcriminalization of politics?
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Is President Obama's immigration policy against...
Josh Blackman and Cristina Rodriguez debate an important Supreme Court case.
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The future of free speech at the Supreme Court
Adam Liptak and Geof Stone join us for a special Freedom Day episode.
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Does the Senate have a duty to hold hearings fo...
The President and Congress square off over the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
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Religious liberty and the Obamacare contracepti...
Two experts on law and religion debate one of the biggest Supreme Court cases of the year.
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Celebrating the appointment of Chief Justice Jo...
Jeffrey Rosen at the Supreme Court on John Marshall.
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The constitutional and political impact of Citi...
Exploring the constitutional landscape, six years later.
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In Apple v. FBI, who should win?
Apple and the FBI square off over an iPhone used in the San Bernadino shooting.
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The Texas abortion case at the Supreme Court
Hosted By Jeffrey Rosen
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The 14th Amendment and the NAACP Legal Defense ...
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 ...
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The life and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia
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 ...
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Constitutional Minute: Women and the draft
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 ...
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The Constitution in the 2016 presidential prima...
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 ...
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The 15th Amendment and the right to vote
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 ...
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Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional quest...
Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers listener questions about natural-born citizenship, gun rights, same-sex marriage, and more.
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What’s next for free speech?
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 ...
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Public unions and free speech at the Supreme Court
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 ...
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Constitutional Minute: Natural-born citizenship
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 ...
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Have we lost our First Amendment rights of asse...
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 ...
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Dissent and the Supreme Court
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 ...
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The life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush
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 ...
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The history and meaning of the Establishment Cl...
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 ...
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The 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment
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, ...
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Affirmative action returns to the Supreme Court
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 ...
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Does the Second Amendment protect the right to ...
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 ...
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The First Amendment speech debate on college ca...
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 ...
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The meaning of “one person, one vote”
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 ...
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Is the death penalty unconstitutional?
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 ...
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The first 10 years of the Roberts Court
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 ...
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A reasoned debate about the Second Amendment
Adam Winkler and Nelson Lund on the right to bear arms
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Is the Constitution color-blind?
Featuring Theodore Shaw and Michael Rosman
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The Constitution and the world
Oona Hathaway and Michael Paulsen on foreign laws and the Constitution
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