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We the People
National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen hosts "We The People," a weekly balanced conversation with leading scholars of all viewpoints on contemporary and historical topics about the United States Constitution. Please rate and review our podcasts on iTunes. And visit our Resources page at constitutioncenter.org/podcasts to comment on this podcast, and get extra information about these important debates.
News & Politics
1
The future of digital privacy
The Supreme Court considers cellphone location data
69 min
2
Tax reform and the Constitution
What constitutional issues are under debate at Congress?
51 min
3
Is the fight against ISIS legal?
Army captain claims President lacks authority
44 min
4
Deconstructing the administrative state
The Trump administration’s efforts to roll back government
52 min
5
The Emoluments Clause in court
Group sues Trump over gifts
39 min
6
The evolution of voting rights
Constitutional challenges to the Voting Rights Act and election law
62 min
7
The state of the Second Amendment
Experts discuss after Las Vegas shootings
55 min
8
The future of gerrymandering
Supreme Court argues a landmark case
53 min
9
The First Amendment and hate speech
Can the courts meaningfully decide what hate speechn is?
57 min
10
The Supreme Court’s next term
A preview of blockbuster cases
60 min
11
What would Madison think today?
A look at Madisonian values today
65 min
12
Presidential pardons and the rule of law
A debate over separation of powers and our Constitution
54 min
13
Charlottesville and free assembly
Discussing the right to protest in our country
50 min
14
War powers and national security
A debate on presidential war powers and Congress’ role in national security.
52 min
15
Trump, Twitter and the First Amendment
Can President Trump block citizens from following his own Twitter feed?
53 min
16
Civil Rights And Constitutional Change
A special event remembering the Birmingham bombing
63 min
17
George Washington’s warning to future generations
Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast discusses newest book
73 min
18
Jeffrey Rosen at the Chautauqua Institution
A look at two big cases at the Supreme Court next term
76 min
19
The debate over President Trump's election comm...
Deborah Archer and Derek Muller on the commission's agenda and challenges to it.
48 min
20
Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?
David Schleicher and Todd Zywicki on the text, history, and future of this contested amendment.
47 min
21
The future of digital free speech
Cindy Cohn, Judge Alex Kozinski, and Eugene Volokh on current debates about speech online.
54 min
22
What just happened at the Supreme Court?
Brianne Gorod and Ilya Shapiro on the busy final weeks of the 2016-2017 term.
48 min
23
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
24
Government leaks and the Espionage Act at 100
Paul Rosenzweig and Stephen Vladeck on the constitutional debate over leaks and their publication.
56 min
25
Loving v. Virginia at 50
Steve Calabresi and Sheryll Cashin on the landmark case and its constitutional legacy.
57 min
26
The soul of the First Amendment
Floyd Abrams on why America protects free speech more than any other country in the world.
62 min
27
EXTRA: Trump, Comey and obstruction of justice
Alan Dershowitz and Laura Donohue join our Jeffrey Rosen
35 min
28
Your constitutional questions, answered
National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen on the Preamble, judicial power, and more.
52 min
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
Article I and the role of Congress
David Pozen and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz on restoring the separation of powers.
66 min
37
The history and constitutionality of the filibu...
Richard Arenberg and Josh Chafetz on the fate of the Senate's most famous rule.
65 min
38
Privacy, equality, and transgender students
Alexandra Brodsky and Gary McCaleb on gender identity and the law.
58 min
39
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
40
Property rights at the Supreme Court
David Breemer and John Echeverria on a big case about the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause.
55 min
41
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
42
The future of federalism
Josh Blackman and Peter Edelman on states' rights in the Trump era.
64 min
43
Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional quest...
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center answers listener questions about the Constitution.
45 min
44
Presidential succession and the 25th Amendment ...
Akhil Reed Amar and Norman Ornstein on succession and how to improve it.
49 min
45
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
46
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
47
Has President Trump violated the Emoluments Cla...
Brianne Gorod and Andy Grewal on the President's business operations.
46 min
48
Offensive speech and trademarks at the Supreme ...
Deborah Gerhardt, Ilya Shapiro, and Rebecca Tushnet on a big First Amendment case.
53 min
49
The future of the regulatory state
Gillian Metzger and David Bernstein on challenges to the executive agencies that govern our daily lives.
43 min
50
A new look at America's founding
Michael Klarman and Patrick Spero on the debates that shaped the nation's creation.
58 min
51
President Obama's constitutional legacy
Journalists and scholars give their take on the Obama presidency.
55 min
52
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
53
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
54
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
55
Should we abolish the Electoral College?
Alex Keyssar and James Ceaser with the best arguments on both sides.
51 min
56
The state of campus free speech
Scholars and activists on the tension between free speech and diversity on college campuses.
84 min
57
Donald Trump and the Supreme Court
Dahlia Lithwick and Jonathan Adler on the future of the Court.
55 min
58
Looking ahead to the Trump presidency
Michael Dorf and Ilya Shapiro on Donald Trump and the Constitution.
57 min
59
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
60
The Fourth Amendment and civil liberties
Tracey Meares and John Stinneford on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach policing and privacy.
56 min
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
What to expect at the Supreme Court this year
John Malcolm and Michele Jawando on the October 2016 term.
47 min
65
Article V and constitutional change
Michael Rappaport and David Strauss on how the next President could change the Constitution.
50 min
66
Article II and the powers of the President
Michael Ramsey and Christopher Schroeder on the 2016 presidential candidates and executive power.
53 min
67
The Constitution at Guantánamo Bay
John Yoo and Karen Greenberg on the status of detainees and prospects for the prison's closure.
42 min
68
America's biggest constitutional crises
Historians discuss how Presidents steer the nation through troubled times.
55 min
69
Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about cons...
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center goes back to basics.
63 min
70
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
71
Voting rights in the courts
Hans von Spakovsky and Wendy Weiser on the scope of the right to vote in America.
57 min
72
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
73
A constitutional history of the Democratic Party
Leading historians and legal scholars explore the history of Democrats.
39 min
74
A constitutional history of the Republican Party
David French and Michael Gerhardt on the history of the GOP.
49 min
75
Political parties and the Constitution
Two experts on American politics explore the role of parties in America.
50 min
76
A 'deep dive' on the Supreme Court
Leading observers of the Supreme Court weigh in on its present and future.
63 min
77
Making sense of an unpredictable year at the Su...
Two constitutional experts explore the biggest cases and trends of the term.
44 min
78
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
79
Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the First Amendment
Two scholars of media law weigh in on the Gawker-Hulk Hogan dispute.
54 min
80
Hamilton, the man and the musical
Annette Gordon-Reed and Michael Klarman on "the 10-dollar Founding Father without a father."
37 min
81
The life and legacy of Justice Louis Brandeis
Three leading Brandeis scholars discuss the great Justice.
90 min
82
Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about the ...
Jeffrey Rosen answers listener questions.
58 min
83
Felons and the right to vote
Roger Clegg and Erika Wood debate an issue of growing national importance.
47 min
84
Marijuana and the Constitution
Doug Berman and Randy Barnett on the movement to legalize pot.
54 min
85
Debating the laws regulating bathroom use and g...
Experts evaluate regulations and transgender rights
58 min
86
Bob McDonnell, public corruption, and the Supre...
Is the McDonnell case an example of justice or the overcriminalization of politics?
48 min
87
Is President Obama's immigration policy against...
Josh Blackman and Cristina Rodriguez debate an important Supreme Court case.
48 min
88
The future of free speech at the Supreme Court
Adam Liptak and Geof Stone join us for a special Freedom Day episode.
43 min
89
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
90
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
91
Celebrating the appointment of Chief Justice Jo...
Jeffrey Rosen at the Supreme Court on John Marshall.
57 min
92
The constitutional and political impact of Citi...
Exploring the constitutional landscape, six years later.
46 min
93
In Apple v. FBI, who should win?
Apple and the FBI square off over an iPhone used in the San Bernadino shooting.
54 min
94
The Texas abortion case at the Supreme Court
Hosted By Jeffrey Rosen
55 min
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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
101
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
102
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
103
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
104
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
105
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
106
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
107
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
108
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
109
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
110
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
111
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
112
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
113
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
114
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
115
A reasoned debate about the Second Amendment
Adam Winkler and Nelson Lund on the right to bear arms
49 min
116
Is the Constitution color-blind?
Featuring Theodore Shaw and Michael Rosman
55 min
117
The Constitution and the world
Oona Hathaway and Michael Paulsen on foreign laws and the Constitution
48 min
118
What’s next at the Supreme Court?
A preview of the 2015 Supreme Court term
51 min
119
When religious liberty conflicts with LGBT righ...
A debate on the Kim Davis saga
45 min
120
Explore the new Interactive Constitution
National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen introduces the Center's online Interactive Constitution.
47 min
121
Obamacare, Kim Davis, and religious exemptions
Constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate
47 min
122
The Constitution on the 2016 campaign trail
What the 2016 presidential candidates are saying about the Constitution
46 min
123
Texas H.B. 2 and the right to an abortion
A constitutional challenge to a Texas law regulating abortion providers.
37 min
124
The 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship
Current debate over the children of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally
47 min
125
Why the Innocent Plead Guilty
Public misconceptions and systemic failings of America’s criminal justice system
65 min
126
The history and legacy of the 13th Amendment
Jeffrey Rosen is joined by David Rubenstein
60 min
127
Is the Iran nuclear deal constitutional?
The Iran nuclear deal and the constitutional questions about its passage
47 min
128
Voting rights on trial in North Carolina
The 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act approaches
52 min
129
Everything You Need to Know About The Constitut...
Myriad issues, history, and opinions related to the First and Fourth Amendments
53 min
130
Perspectives on a historic Supreme Court term
Looking back at the 2014 term
56 min
131
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
132
Analyzing the Obamacare Supreme Court decision
Obamacare tax subsidies upheld in about three dozen states
40 min
133
Supreme Court rules on license plates, church s...
Four big Supreme Court cases, including decisions on vanity license plates and church signs
49 min
134
Zivotofsky: Which branch controls foreign affairs?
A major ruling on the separation of powers
47 min
135
Reviewing the Supreme Court’s first week of June
The Supreme Court’s headscarf and Facebook decisions
43 min
136
Donor disclosure and anonymous speech
Controversy over non-profits being forced to release the names of anonymous donors
46 min
137
Jeffrey Rosen answers questions about the Supre...
Questions about the Supreme Court and other matters
41 min
138
The Courts, The Constitution and Phone Metadata
The constitutional future of the Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215
45 min
139
Capital punishment returns to the Supreme Court
Supreme Court case about the use of lethal injection
52 min
140
Debating the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ...
Historic arguments about same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court
44 min
141
The Fourth Amendment and police dog searches
Another big Supreme Court decision about the Fourth Amendment and police dogs
39 min
142
The fight for freedom in the 21st century
Leaders across the ideological spectrum on the meaning of freedom today and tomorrow
65 min
143
The constitutional debate over state RFRA laws
The national debate over state RFRA laws
42 min
144
The Confederate license plate debate
The right of Texas to ban state-issued license plates
35 min
145
The First Amendment and racist speech on colleg...
With Jeffrey Rosen
47 min
146
The President, Congress, Iran and the Constitution
The roles of the President and Congress in conducting America’s foreign policy.
47 min
147
Experts analyze the Supreme Court case about Ob...
Core constitutional arguments in the latest Obamacare challenge at the Supreme Court
43 min
148
Who holds the redistricting power?
The future of the legislative redistricting process
47 min
149
Obama’s Immigration policy at a legal crossroads
President Obama's new immigration policies
38 min
150
Presidential powers and the Constitution
A special Presidents Day podcast
26 min
151
Learn about our new bipartisan effort to promot...
An important new project to promote constitutional awareness
27 min
152
Jeff Rosen answers your constitutional questions
Constitutional conventions, creating new states
47 min
153
Should elected judges be allowed to ask for don...
State-level judges who run for office, and want to raise campaign funds
38 min
154
Charlie Hebdo and the freedom of speech
With Jeffrey Rosen
24 min
155
Judicial rulings and the evaluation of laws
When is it appropriate for the courts to strike down laws passed by a legislature
35 min
156
The Constitution and the CIA interrogation report
Constitutional aspects of the CIA’s detainment and interrogation of terrorists
36 min
157
The aftermath of Ferguson for the legal system
Constitutional and legal fallout from the Ferguson and Staten Island situations
36 min
158
Free speech, Facebook and the Supreme Court
A potential landmark Supreme Court case involving Facebook and free speech
32 min
159
Experts analyze President Obama’s immigration a...
President Obama’s speech and executive orders about immigration
40 min
160
The Supreme Court considers racial gerrymandering
Roles of race and party in determining election districts
30 min
161
The discussion over the Supreme Court, passport...
The use of the word “Israel” on a passport
44 min
162
Jeffrey Rosen answers your Bill of Rights quest...
Visitor questions about the Bill of Rights
39 min
163
The real scoop on “The Roosevelts”
Jeffrey Rosen with Geoffrey Ward
74 min
164
The Supreme Court tackles prison beards and rel...
The limits of religious liberty in a secular society
23 min
165
Eastman and Hasen on the Voting Rights debate
Voting rights and the Constitution
24 min
166
How our federal judicial system was born
The 225th anniversary of the Act that established our federal judicial system
37 min
167
John Yoo and Ilya Somin discuss Obama and the W...
Redefining the Constitution by limiting congressional input
37 min
168
Online privacy for public figures in the social...
Protection from online hackers who repost content on websites
33 min
169
Ask Jeff Rosen, Episode 2: Congress and the Con...
Questions about the 14th Amendment
33 min