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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FDR and the Transformation of the Supreme Court
Discussing Franklin D. Roosevelt’s constitutional legacy, the court packing fight, and how his Supreme Court appointees transformed America.
56 min
The Supreme Court Considers the Independent Sta...
Recapping the oral arguments in Moore v. Harper
55 min
Free Speech, Same-Sex Marriage, and Anti-Discri...
Discussing the oral arguments in 303 Creative v. Elenis
54 min
Justice William O. Douglas: Public Advocate and...
Discussing the constitutional legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
54 min
The Indian Child Welfare Act and the 14th Amend...
Discussing the arguments in a Supreme Court case about the Indian Child Welfare Act
60 min
The Battle for the American West
Discussing U.S. westward expansion, manifest destiny, and the impact on native peoples and tribes
58 min
Thomas Jefferson: The Reader and Writer
Exploring Thomas Jefferson's education and the impact it had on the American idea
59 min
Affirmative Action and the 14th Amendment – Part 2
Recapping the oral arguments in a pair of Supreme Court cases about affirmative action
55 min
Affirmative Action and the 14th Amendment – Part 1
Examining the original text, meaning, and understanding of the 14th Amendment in arguments for and against affirmative action
56 min
Pork, the Dormant Commerce Clause, and Legislat...
Recapping the Supreme Court’s oral arguments in National Pork Producers v. Ross
44 min
Redistricting in Alabama and the Voting Rights ...
Recapping the Supreme Court’s oral arguments in Merrill v. Milligan
53 min
Justice Stephen Breyer on the Importance of Civ...
Hearing from the recently retired justice on the importance of civic engagement and civil disagreement
55 min
Supreme Court 2022-23 Term Preview
Looking ahead at some of the high-profile cases SCOTUS will consider in the upcoming term
63 min
The NCC’s Constitutional Convention Reports: Th...
Discussing five constitutional amendments proposed by conservative, libertarian, and progressive scholars
64 min
Originalism: A Matter of Interpretation
Discussing whether and how the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted according to its original meaning
61 min
The Intellectual Inspirations Behind the Consti...
Examining key texts that inspired the founders before and during the Constitutional Convention
75 min
The Legality of the Biden Administration’s Stud...
Debating whether the President can forgive certain student loans without Congressional action
63 min
Is the First Amendment Enough Today?
Discussing whether First Amendment standards are enough when regulating online speech
58 min
Constitutional Questions After the Raid on Mar-...
Dissecting the implications of the FBI seizing classified documents from President Trump’s home in Florida
54 min
A Constitutional Conversation at Crystal Bridges
Celebrating the opening of a new exhibition at Crystal Bridges with a discussion exploring the importance of the Constitution and free speech to democracy
73 min
The Case for Reforming the Electoral Count Act ...
Analyzing a proposed Senate bill to reform the Electoral Count Act
61 min
Abortion Law in the U.S. and Abroad After Roe
Exploring how U.S. abortion law after Roe compares to that of other countries
58 min
What is the “Independent State Legislature Doct...
Examining the arguments for and against a theory that could remake US election law
54 min
Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy
Identifying institutional, legal, and technological reforms that might address current threats to American democracy
56 min
The EPA, Federal Power, and the Future of Clima...
Discussing the Supreme Court’s opinion in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency
62 min