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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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The Case for Reforming the Electoral Count Act ...
Analyzing a proposed Senate bill to reform the Electoral Count Act
61 min
2
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
3
What is the “Independent State Legislature Doct...
Examining the arguments for and against a theory that could remake US election law
54 min
4
Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy
Identifying institutional, legal, and technological reforms that might address current threats to American democracy
56 min
5
The EPA, Federal Power, and the Future of Clima...
Discussing the Supreme Court’s opinion in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency
62 min
6
Vouchers, Prayers, and Religion in American Sch...
Understanding the Supreme Court’s opinions in two recent First Amendment cases
52 min
7
The Dobbs v. Jackson Case – Part 4
Unpacking the opinion and dissent from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
58 min
8
What the Supreme Court’s Opinion in NYSRPA v. B...
Breaking down the opinion in the landmark case expanding the right to carry arms outside the home
56 min
9
The History of LGBTQ Rights in America
Commemorating Pride Month by surveying changes in gay rights throughout American history
61 min
10
How to Prevent Another January 6
Considering ways to strengthen American constitutional and democratic institutions against current and future threats
38 min
11
Free Speech Throughout World History
Examining the concept of and limits on free speech throughout world history
59 min
12
Social Media and Public Health: A Conversation ...
Exploring the role of states in addressing the potential dangers of various social media platforms to public health, privacy, and competition
57 min
13
Three Election Law Cases and What They Mean for...
Discussing the issues at stake in a campaign finance case, a redistricting case, and a case involving the independent state legislature doctrine
54 min
14
Five Expert Takes on Two Big Issues This Term
Discussing the Supreme Court cases about abortion and guns
37 min
15
The Dobbs v. Jackson Case – Part 3
Unpacking the arguments within Justice Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade
55 min
16
Why the First Amendment Matters Today
Celebrating the installation of the First Amendment tablet at the National Constitution Center
86 min
17
Masks, Planes, and the CDC Mandate
Discussing the legal issues at stake in Health Freedom Defense Fund v. Biden, a case about the CDC’s power to mandate masks on public transportation
56 min
18
Football, Faith, and the First Amendment – Part 2
Discussing the issues in the Supreme Court case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District
54 min
19
The Constitutionality of Florida’s Education Bill
Discussing the issues and impact of the legislation critics have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill
56 min
20
Putin's War and International Law
Discussing whether Putin can be tried for war crimes under international law
54 min
21
Death Row, Religious Freedom, Legislative Censu...
Discussing the SCOTUS decisions in Ramirez v. Collier and Houston Community College v. Wilson
59 min
22
The Confirmation Hearings of Judge Ketanji Brow...
Recapping what we learned about the Supreme Court nominee during four days of hearings
57 min
23
What is the “Independent State Legislature Doct...
Discussing the authority state legislatures have to create laws around elections
65 min
24
Russia, Ukraine, Constitutionalism, and the Rul...
Examining what the Russian invasion of Ukraine means for the core principles of constitutionalism
54 min
25
The EPA, Federal Power, and the Future of Clima...
Discussing the authority of federal agencies, as presented in West Virginia v. EPA
63 min
26
Early Presidents on Happiness, Government, and ...
Exploring key writings and speeches from Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison on various topics
52 min
27
Redistricting in Alabama and the Voting Rights Act
Examining the issues at play in Merrill v. Milligan, a case about drawing new voting districts in Alabama
51 min
28
How Free Speech Under the First Amendment Devel...
Exploring key Supreme Court cases involving free speech and the First Amendment, as well as the philosophical inspirations behind it
59 min
29
Justice Breyer’s Constitutional Legacy
Reflecting on Justice Stephen Breyer’s career upon his decision to retire from the Supreme Court
68 min
30
Congress, the Filibuster, and the Constitution
Shedding light on the history, constitutionality, and calls for reform of the filibuster
64 min
31
MLK, the Declaration, and the Constitution
Discussing some of King’s most significant speeches and writings and his reflections on America’s founding documents.
64 min
32
The Case for Reforming the Electoral Count Act
Examining the proposals for improving the law that dictates congressional certification of president election results
55 min
33
Will the Supreme Court Strike Down Biden’s Vacc...
Unpacking the issues in cases that challenge the legality of the Biden administration’s covid vaccine mandates
55 min
34
Live at the NCC: Poetry and the Constitution
Exploring the ways poetry has intersected with the Constitution and constitutional ideas throughout American history
54 min
35
2021: A Constitutional Year in Review
Reflecting on the January 6 insurrection, significant Supreme Court cases, the future of Court reform, and the ongoing pandemic
65 min
36
Should the Supreme Court Be Reformed?
Examining the recommendations for judicial reform from the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States
53 min
37
Student Aid, Religious Education, and the First...
Examining the Supreme Court case Carson v. Makin and what it might mean for public funding and religious education
59 min
38
The Dobbs v. Jackson Case — Part 2
Unpacking the oral arguments in the Supreme Court case challenging Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks
48 min
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The Dobbs v. Jackson Case — Part 1
Previewing the issues before the Supreme Court in the upcoming case about abortion, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
62 min
40
The Gettysburg Address
Celebrating the anniversary of Lincoln’s landmark address and its influence on constitutional and American history.
67 min
41
Puerto Rican Rights at SCOTUS and Throughout Hi...
Recapping the oral argument in United States v. Vaello-Madero.
52 min
42
Supreme Court Hears Texas Abortion Case
Experts recap the argument and explain the cases.
60 min
43
Is There a Constitutional Right to Concealed Ca...
Previewing a key Second Amendment case of this Supreme Court term.
64 min
44
The Biden Supreme Court Commission
Recapping the public meeting and discussion materials released by President Biden’s Commission on the Supreme Court.
53 min
45
Should Congress Regulate Facebook?
Cyberlaw experts weigh in.
56 min
46
The Supreme Court’s “Shadow Docket”
What is the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket”—or “orders docket”—and why has it drawn increased scrutiny lately?
57 min
47
Supreme Court 2021-22 Term Preview
Previewing this term’s biggest cases on abortion, religion, guns, and more.
63 min
48
Federal Judges on Blockbuster Supreme Court Cases
Judges from the Third Circuit discuss their decisions that later became blockbuster Supreme Court cases.
56 min
49
James Madison, Ratification, and the Federalist...
Scholars shed light on the Federalist papers, which argued that the Constitution should be approved, and the Framers who wrote them.
59 min
50
The Texas Abortion Law and the Future of Roe
We unpack a new Texas law that effectively bans most abortions in the state.
59 min
51
Can Governors Ban School Mask Mandates?
Exploring the legal and constitutional issues surrounding who has the power to enact or ban mask mandates.
60 min
52
The Story of the 26th Amendment
The history and importance of the amendment that lowered the voting age to 18.
68 min
53
The Revolutionary Life of Mercy Otis Warren
We profile a trailblazing female writer who inspired the framers and helped to shape the Constitution.
60 min
54
The “Eviction Moratorium” and the Constitution
Experts debate the legality and constitutionality of the pause on eviction proceedings.
45 min
55
Are Vaccine Mandates Constitutional?
Can the federal government, states, or universities require people to get the coronavirus vaccine? Experts debate.
40 min
56
Will President Biden Transform Antitrust?
Former FTC chair William Kovacic and antitrust scholar Barry Lynn evaluate a new executive order that aims to promote competition.
68 min
57
Should the Supreme Court Reconsider NYT v. Sull...
Experts debate calls to revisit the landmark libel case from 1964, New York Times v. Sullivan.
59 min
58
Benjamin Franklin and the Constitution
Biographers detail his fascinating life and key role in creating the Constitution.
70 min
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Brnovich v. DNC, The Supreme Court, and Voting ...
Experts discuss the recent major Supreme Court ruling about Arizona’s voting laws.
64 min
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A Constitutional Commemoration of Independence Day
Akhil Amar and Steve Calabresi join Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the Declaration of Independence and the ideals Americans should celebrate on the Fourth of July.
64 min
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The Latest Big Decisions from the Supreme Court
Supreme Court correspondents Jess Bravin and Marcia Coyle join host Jeffrey Rosen to recap recent key decisions from the 2020-21 term.
66 min
62
Juneteenth and the Constitution
Why do we celebrate Juneteenth? Martha Jones and Lucas Morel explain and shed light on the history of emancipation and equality in America.
57 min
63
The Home Stretch of the 2020–21 Supreme Court Term
Kate Shaw and Jonathan Adler recap the Supreme Court’s decisions from this term so far.
66 min
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Live at the NCC: Justice Breyer
Justice Stephen G. Breyer joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for conversation on precedent, pragmatism, and the Court today..
62 min
65
Will Roe v. Wade Be Overturned?
Experts debate the constitutional arguments on both sides of the landmark decision in light of the Court’s decision to review a new abortion case.
40 min
66
Constitutional Issues in Voting Rights Today
Two election law experts explore various voting laws proposed in the wake of the 2020 election.
74 min
67
The Second Amendment and Concealed Carry
Looking ahead to a Supreme Court case on New York’s concealed carry gun law, experts on both sides join Jeffrey Rosen.
58 min
68
Trump and the Facebook Oversight Board
President Trump's ban from Facebook was upheld; experts on the Facebook Oversight Board explain why.
52 min
69
Snapchat and the Schoolhouse Gate
Can schools punish students for online speech? Experts discuss a pending Supreme Court case with Jeffrey Rosen.
42 min
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Are Nonprofit Donor Disclosure Laws Constitutio...
Cindy Lott of Columbia Law School and Brian Hauss of the ACLU join to discuss a key Supreme Court case about donor disclosure laws and the First Amendment.
51 min
71
President Trump, Justice Thomas, and the Future...
Exploring Biden v. Knight Institute, Katie Fallow of the Knight Institute and Professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA join Jeffrey Rosen.
71 min
72
The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen
Linda Colley discusses her new book on constitutions and warfare along with David Armitage, author of The Declaration of Independence: A Global History.
57 min
73
Should College Athletes Be Paid?
We explore NCAA v. Alston, an antitrust challenge to the NCAA’s rules on compensation for athletes.
52 min
74
Labor Rights and Property Rights at SCOTUS
Experts recap a recent high-profile Supreme Court argument.
51 min
75
Women Constitutional Visionaries
This week, we highlight women who shaped the Constitution throughout American history.
49 min
76
One Year of COVID-19 and the Constitution
Recapping one year of constitutional debates surrounding the coronavirus—Joshua Matz and Adam White join host Jeffrey Rosen.
58 min
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When Can Police Enter Suspects' Homes?
We explore the Supreme Court case Lange v. California, with Jeffrey Fisher and Donald Dripps.
54 min
78
Arizona Election Rules at SCOTUS
Lawyers on each side preview a key Supreme Court case about voting rights.
55 min
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African American Constitutional Visionaries
We highlight how courageous African American heroes shaped the Constitution.
52 min
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Impeachment, Incitement, and the First Amendment
Should President Trump be convicted of or impeached for committing incitement? Experts debate.
49 min
81
President Biden’s Executive Orders
Reflecting on President Biden’s executive actions thus far, and presidential power more broadly, Michael McConnell and Cristina Rodriguez join Jeffrey Rosen.
36 min
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Mobs in America's Past and Present
After a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, experts explore what mobs—both in person and online—have meant throughout American history.
56 min
83
Can a Former President Be Tried for Impeachment?
Experts Judge J. Michael Luttig and Keith Whittington discuss this question and whether the Supreme Court or Congress decides.
63 min
84
The Second Impeachment of President Trump
President Trump was impeached for the second time this week. Presidential power experts Cristina Rodriguez and Michael McConnell join host Jeffrey Rosen to discuss.
43 min
85
The Mob, the Capitol, and the Constitution
Reflecting on “a date which will live in constitutional history,” host Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Erwin Chemerinsky and Judge J. Michael Luttig.
51 min
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Live at the NCC: The Founders and the Greeks an...
Cicero, Homer, Cincinnatus, and other ancient figures and philosophers greatly influence American from the beginning. Experts explain how.
57 min
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2020: A Constitutional Year in Review
Reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic and the other events of 2020 through a constitutional lens, scholars Melissa Murray and John Yoo join host Jeffrey Rosen.
57 min
88
Can the President Pardon Himself?
Pardon power experts answer this question and more in conversation with host Jeffrey Rosen.
60 min
89
Religion, the Constitution, and COVID-19 Restri...
The Supreme Court temporarily blocked New York’s COVID-19 restrictions on religious services. Scholars discuss that decision with Jeffrey Rosen.
66 min
90
The Census: Back at the Supreme Court
Can non-citizens be excluded from the census count that allocates seats in the House of Representatives? Experts discuss this question with Jeffrey Rosen.
43 min
91
The Constitution Drafting Project
Progressive, libertarian, and conservative scholars discuss their ideal constitutions with host Jeffrey Rosen
71 min
92
Live at the NCC: The Past Four Years
A panel of experts from across the ideological spectrum reflect on election 2020, the state of American democracy today, and what’s to come.
58 min
93
The Affordable Care Act Back at the Supreme Court
Explaining the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, legal experts Abbe Gluck and Ilya Shapiro joined host Jeffrey Rosen.
57 min
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Religious Groups, Foster Care, and the First Am...
The Supreme Court heard highly-anticipated oral arguments this week. Leah Litman and Jonathan Adler recap with host Jeffrey Rosen.
46 min
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United States v. Google
Why is the government suing Google? Experts explain the new antitrust lawsuit and how it relates to the Constitution with host Jeffrey Rosen.
59 min
96
Election 2020 in the Courts
How are lawsuits over various voting laws around the country being decided? Emily Bazelon and Brad Smith discuss with Jeffrey Rosen.
53 min
97
Barrett Confirmation Hearings Recap
Recapping the first days of confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Kate Shaw and Michael Moreland join host Jeffrey Rosen.
54 min
98
The Pandemic, the President and the 25th Amendment
Explaining the 25th Amendment and what happens if the president becomes unable to serve, experts join host Jeffrey Rosen.
51 min
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Supreme Court 2020 Term Preview
Adam Liptak and Marcia Coyle preview the upcoming Supreme Court term with host Jeffrey Rosen.
53 min
100
The 19th-Century History of Court Packing
What can the history of “court packing” after the founding and in the 19th century teach us? Constitutional historians join host Jeffrey Rosen to discuss.
48 min