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
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
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 ...
63 min
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 ...
44 min
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 ...
0 min
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 ...
55 min
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 ...
41 min
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.
50 min
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 ...
56 min
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 ...
40 min
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 ...
0 min
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 ...
49 min
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 ...
64 min
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 ...
66 min
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 ...
48 min
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, ...
45 min
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 ...
57 min
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 ...
94 min
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 ...
39 min
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 ...
45 min
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 ...
45 min
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 ...
42 min
A reasoned debate about the Second Amendment
Adam Winkler and Nelson Lund on the right to bear arms
49 min
Is the Constitution color-blind?
Featuring Theodore Shaw and Michael Rosman
55 min
The Constitution and the world
Oona Hathaway and Michael Paulsen on foreign laws and the Constitution
48 min
What’s next at the Supreme Court?
A preview of the 2015 Supreme Court term
51 min
When religious liberty conflicts with LGBT righ...
A debate on the Kim Davis saga
45 min
Explore the new Interactive Constitution
National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen introduces the Center's online Interactive Constitution.
47 min
Obamacare, Kim Davis, and religious exemptions
Constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate
47 min
The Constitution on the 2016 campaign trail
What the 2016 presidential candidates are saying about the Constitution
46 min
Texas H.B. 2 and the right to an abortion
A constitutional challenge to a Texas law regulating abortion providers.
37 min
The 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship
Current debate over the children of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally
47 min
Why the Innocent Plead Guilty
Public misconceptions and systemic failings of America’s criminal justice system
65 min
The history and legacy of the 13th Amendment
Jeffrey Rosen is joined by David Rubenstein
60 min
Is the Iran nuclear deal constitutional?
The Iran nuclear deal and the constitutional questions about its passage
47 min
Voting rights on trial in North Carolina
The 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act approaches
52 min
Everything You Need to Know About The Constitut...
Myriad issues, history, and opinions related to the First and Fourth Amendments
53 min
Perspectives on a historic Supreme Court term
Looking back at the 2014 term
56 min
The Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriag...
The constitutional aspects of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage and election redistricting decisions
58 min
Analyzing the Obamacare Supreme Court decision
Obamacare tax subsidies upheld in about three dozen states
40 min
Supreme Court rules on license plates, church s...
Four big Supreme Court cases, including decisions on vanity license plates and church signs
49 min
Zivotofsky: Which branch controls foreign affairs?
A major ruling on the separation of powers
47 min
Reviewing the Supreme Court’s first week of June
The Supreme Court’s headscarf and Facebook decisions
43 min
Donor disclosure and anonymous speech
Controversy over non-profits being forced to release the names of anonymous donors
46 min
Jeffrey Rosen answers questions about the Supre...
Questions about the Supreme Court and other matters
41 min
The Courts, The Constitution and Phone Metadata
The constitutional future of the Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215
45 min
Capital punishment returns to the Supreme Court
Supreme Court case about the use of lethal injection
52 min
Debating the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ...
Historic arguments about same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court
44 min
The Fourth Amendment and police dog searches
Another big Supreme Court decision about the Fourth Amendment and police dogs
39 min
The fight for freedom in the 21st century
Leaders across the ideological spectrum on the meaning of freedom today and tomorrow
65 min