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 contemporary and historical constitutional issues.
News & Politics
The Attorney General, the President, and Congre...
Breaking down the constitutional, legal, and political repercussions of Jeff Sessions’ departure, Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Steve Vladeck and Greg Weiner.
Does the Constitution Require Birthright Citize...
Akhil Amar and Edward Erler debate the President’s proposal to revoke birthright citizenship, diving into the history of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause with host Jeffrey Rosen.
Voting Rights, Election Law, and the Midterms
A partnership with Ballotpedia, this episode surveys the election law and voting rights issues most relevant to this year’s midterms.
Key Congressional Elections in History
What can the elections that realigned and redefined our nation teach us about the upcoming midterms? Jeffrey Rosen explores this question with Matthew Green and Thomas Mann.
Is There a Supreme Court Legitimacy Crisis?
Exploring the debates over the Court's legitimacy and its future, Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Professors Jennifer Mascott and Melissa Murray.
Libel, the Media, and Constitutional Legitimacy
Adam Liptak and Richard Epstein join Jeffrey Rosen to explain what libel is and how laws against it fit within First Amendment protections.
Senators Flake and Coons: The Future of the Sen...
Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons join Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and the future of the Senate and the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Term Preview
Exploring the cases coming before the Court in the October 2018 term, Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Brianne Gorod and Ilya Shapiro.
Should Chevron Be Overturned?
This debate over the resolution “Should Chevron be overturned?” was recorded live in New York City at the Federal Bar Association’s 2018 annual convention.
Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Recap
How he might shape the Court if confirmed
The History of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings
We explore the constitutional basis and history of the Supreme Court confirmation process.
What Constitutes an Impeachable Offense?
A look at an enduring debate with two leading experts
Robert Smalls: Escaping Slavery and Fighting In...
A slave who sailed his way to freedom
Harriet Scott: The Woman Behind Dred Scott v. S...
Exploring the case's personal consequences
Callie House: Reparations Advocate and Trailbla...
The extraordinary leadership of a reparations advocate
John Bingham: Father of the 14th Amendment
Looking at a little-known visionary of equal rights
The life and legacy of Frederick Douglass
About one of America’s most influential abolitionists
What is Treason?
Experts discuss the Constitution's Treason clause
The New Supreme Court
Experts debate Supreme Court
Happy 150th Birthday, 14th Amendment
Scholars discuss its history and meaning
The Legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy
His former clerks join our podcast
The Supreme Court now: Decisions, deciders and ...
Discussing a momentous term
The Golden State Killer and Genetic Privacy
Case could have wide implications
Jeffrey Rosen Answers Questions about Self-Pard...
Popular questions posed by our listeners
The Supreme Court’s current term
Reviewing big decisions expected this month
Ken Burns: Telling Constitutional Stories
Flmmaker discusses Civil War, Reconstruction and the 14th Amendment
George Will on Madisonian Government
A conversation on federalism and the 17th Amendment
The Iran nuclear deal under Trump
Constitutional issues involved in that process
Social Media and Digital Disinformation
A discussion on social media and democracy
Eric Holder on the 14th Amendment today
Remarks on the amendment's 100th anniversary
The Supreme Court considers the travel ban case
The constitutional issues involved
Facebook and the Future of Democracy
The impact of social media on free speech
Justice Breyer on the First Amendment
A discussion about free speech cases
President Trump and the Federal Judiciary
A review of recent judicial appointments
Hamilton: The Constitutional clashes that shape...
Exploring the constitutional and political arguments
William Howard Taft and the Constitution
Experts debate timely topic
Trump, Tariffs, and Trade
Experts debate timely topic
Workplace discrimination based on sexual orient...
Is it a Title VII violation?
The United States v. Microsoft
Consumer privacy, security concerns debated
Mandatory union fees and the First Amendment
Supreme Court considers potential landmark case
A conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A wide-ranging conversation on the 25th anniversary of her appointment
Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional quest...
The Ninth Amendment, church and state, and more!
History of Impeachment: From Andrew Johnson to ...
Understanding the Constitution's Impeachment Clause
The Constitution in Year One of the Trump admin...
A review of the legal cases
Federalism under President Trump
Federal, state conflicts on gambling, marijuana
Undocumented teens and abortion
Can the federal government can deny access?
Gerrymandering and American democracy
Its impact on polarization and competitive elections
The existential threat of big tech
Privacy, autonomy, and individuality in a modern world
Sexual Harassment Law Under the Constitution
Constitutional dimensions to sexual harassment law
The Constitution and the Mueller investigation
Legal experts looks at obstruction, presidentia powers issues
Net neutrality at a legal crossroads
A potential repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules
The Masterpiece Cakeshop case
The First Amendment evaluated by the Supreme Court
The future of digital privacy
The Supreme Court considers cellphone location data
Tax reform and the Constitution
What constitutional issues are under debate at Congress?
Is the fight against ISIS legal?
Army captain claims President lacks authority
Deconstructing the administrative state
The Trump administration’s efforts to roll back government
The Emoluments Clause in court
Group sues Trump over gifts
The evolution of voting rights
Constitutional challenges to the Voting Rights Act and election law
The state of the Second Amendment
Experts discuss after Las Vegas shootings
The future of gerrymandering
Supreme Court argues a landmark case
The First Amendment and hate speech
Can the courts meaningfully decide what hate speech is?
The Supreme Court’s next term
A preview of blockbuster cases
What would Madison think today?
A look at Madisonian values today
Presidential pardons and the rule of law
A debate over separation of powers and our Constitution
Charlottesville and free assembly
Discussing the right to protest in our country
War powers and national security
A debate on presidential war powers and Congress’ role in national security.
Trump, Twitter and the First Amendment
Can President Trump block citizens from following his own Twitter feed?
Civil Rights And Constitutional Change
A special event remembering the Birmingham bombing
George Washington’s warning to future generations
Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast discusses newest book
Jeffrey Rosen at the Chautauqua Institution
A look at two big cases at the Supreme Court next term
The debate over President Trump's election comm...
Deborah Archer and Derek Muller on the commission's agenda and challenges to it.
Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?
David Schleicher and Todd Zywicki on the text, history, and future of this contested amendment.
The future of digital free speech
Cindy Cohn, Judge Alex Kozinski, and Eugene Volokh on current debates about speech online.
What just happened at the Supreme Court?
Brianne Gorod and Ilya Shapiro on the busy final weeks of the 2016-2017 term.
EXTRA: A celebration of Lyle Denniston
"The dean of the Supreme Court press corps" reflects on the Court, the Constitution, and his long career.
Government leaks and the Espionage Act at 100
Paul Rosenzweig and Stephen Vladeck on the constitutional debate over leaks and their publication.
Loving v. Virginia at 50
Steve Calabresi and Sheryll Cashin on the landmark case and its constitutional legacy.
The soul of the First Amendment
Floyd Abrams on why America protects free speech more than any other country in the world.
EXTRA: Trump, Comey and obstruction of justice
Alan Dershowitz and Laura Donohue join our Jeffrey Rosen
Your constitutional questions, answered
National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen on the Preamble, judicial power, and more.
The life and legacy of John Marshall
Michael Gerhardt and Kevin Walsh on the influential career of the nation's longest-serving chief justice.
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.
Exploring the debate over 'sanctuary cities'
Elizabeth Price Foley and Cristina Rodriguez on the President's executive order and Congress's options going forward.
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.
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.
The Madisonian Constitution and the future of f...
Excerpts from Freedom Day 2017 explore what James Madison would think of American democracy today.
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.
Article I and the role of Congress
David Pozen and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz on restoring the separation of powers.
The history and constitutionality of the filibu...
Richard Arenberg and Josh Chafetz on the fate of the Senate's most famous rule.
Privacy, equality, and transgender students
Alexandra Brodsky and Gary McCaleb on gender identity and the law.
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.
Property rights at the Supreme Court
David Breemer and John Echeverria on a big case about the Fifth Amendment's Takings Clause.
The constitutional legacy of Prohibition
Lisa Andersen and Josh Zeitz on the history and politics of America's most colorful, complex constitutional hiccup.
The future of federalism
Josh Blackman and Peter Edelman on states' rights in the Trump era.
Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional quest...
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center answers listener questions about the Constitution.
Presidential succession and the 25th Amendment ...
Akhil Reed Amar and Norman Ornstein on succession and how to improve it.
Should Neil Gorsuch be confirmed to the Supreme...
Michele Jawando and John Malcolm on the nominee's record and potential to shape the Court.
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.
Has President Trump violated the Emoluments Cla...
Brianne Gorod and Andy Grewal on the President's business operations.
Offensive speech and trademarks at the Supreme ...
Deborah Gerhardt, Ilya Shapiro, and Rebecca Tushnet on a big First Amendment case.
The future of the regulatory state
Gillian Metzger and David Bernstein on challenges to the executive agencies that govern our daily lives.
A new look at America's founding
Michael Klarman and Patrick Spero on the debates that shaped the nation's creation.
President Obama's constitutional legacy
Journalists and scholars give their take on the Obama presidency.
Akhil Reed Amar on the Bill of Rights
A conversation with "America's greatest teacher of the Bill of Rights" on its 225th anniversary.
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.
Is this the end of partisan gerrymandering?
Nick Stephanopoulos and Michael Morley on a big Wisconsin case that could reach the Supreme Court.
Should we abolish the Electoral College?
Alex Keyssar and James Ceaser with the best arguments on both sides.
The state of campus free speech
Scholars and activists on the tension between free speech and diversity on college campuses.
Donald Trump and the Supreme Court
Dahlia Lithwick and Jonathan Adler on the future of the Court.
Looking ahead to the Trump presidency
Michael Dorf and Ilya Shapiro on Donald Trump and the Constitution.
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.
The Fourth Amendment and civil liberties
Tracey Meares and John Stinneford on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach policing and privacy.
The Second Amendment and gun rights
Joseph Blocher and Alan Gura on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump understand the right to bear arms.
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.
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.
What to expect at the Supreme Court this year
John Malcolm and Michele Jawando on the October 2016 term.
Article V and constitutional change
Michael Rappaport and David Strauss on how the next President could change the Constitution.
Article II and the powers of the President
Michael Ramsey and Christopher Schroeder on the 2016 presidential candidates and executive power.
The Constitution at Guantánamo Bay
John Yoo and Karen Greenberg on the status of detainees and prospects for the prison's closure.
America's biggest constitutional crises
Historians discuss how Presidents steer the nation through troubled times.
Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about cons...
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center goes back to basics.
The history and meaning of the 19th Amendment
Gretchen Ritter and Susan Ware on the landmark amendment that extends voting rights to all women.
Voting rights in the courts
Hans von Spakovsky and Wendy Weiser on the scope of the right to vote in America.
The presidency of George Washington
Akhil Reed Amar, Edward Larson, and Doug Bradburn on the constitutional legacy of our nation's first President.
A constitutional history of the Democratic Party
Leading historians and legal scholars explore the history of Democrats.
A constitutional history of the Republican Party
David French and Michael Gerhardt on the history of the GOP.
Political parties and the Constitution
Two experts on American politics explore the role of parties in America.
A 'deep dive' on the Supreme Court
Leading observers of the Supreme Court weigh in on its present and future.
Making sense of an unpredictable year at the Su...
Two constitutional experts explore the biggest cases and trends of the term.
The Orlando shooting and the Constitution
Adam Winkler and Ilya Shapiro weigh in on the constitutional debates over gun control and immigration policy.
Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the First Amendment
Two scholars of media law weigh in on the Gawker-Hulk Hogan dispute.
Hamilton, the man and the musical
Annette Gordon-Reed and Michael Klarman on "the 10-dollar Founding Father without a father."
The life and legacy of Justice Louis Brandeis
Three leading Brandeis scholars discuss the great Justice.
Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about the ...
Jeffrey Rosen answers listener questions.
Felons and the right to vote
Roger Clegg and Erika Wood debate an issue of growing national importance.
Marijuana and the Constitution
Doug Berman and Randy Barnett on the movement to legalize pot.
Debating the laws regulating bathroom use and g...
Experts evaluate regulations and transgender rights
Bob McDonnell, public corruption, and the Supre...
Is the McDonnell case an example of justice or the overcriminalization of politics?
Is President Obama's immigration policy against...
Josh Blackman and Cristina Rodriguez debate an important Supreme Court case.
The future of free speech at the Supreme Court
Adam Liptak and Geof Stone join us for a special Freedom Day episode.
Does the Senate have a duty to hold hearings fo...
The President and Congress square off over the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
Religious liberty and the Obamacare contracepti...
Two experts on law and religion debate one of the biggest Supreme Court cases of the year.
Celebrating the appointment of Chief Justice Jo...
Jeffrey Rosen at the Supreme Court on John Marshall.
The constitutional and political impact of Citi...
Exploring the constitutional landscape, six years later.
In Apple v. FBI, who should win?
Apple and the FBI square off over an iPhone used in the San Bernadino shooting.
The Texas abortion case at the Supreme Court
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
A reasoned debate about the Second Amendment
Adam Winkler and Nelson Lund on the right to bear arms
Is the Constitution color-blind?
Featuring Theodore Shaw and Michael Rosman
The Constitution and the world
Oona Hathaway and Michael Paulsen on foreign laws and the Constitution
What’s next at the Supreme Court?
A preview of the 2015 Supreme Court term
When religious liberty conflicts with LGBT righ...
A debate on the Kim Davis saga
Explore the new Interactive Constitution
National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen introduces the Center's online Interactive Constitution.
Obamacare, Kim Davis, and religious exemptions
Constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate
The Constitution on the 2016 campaign trail
What the 2016 presidential candidates are saying about the Constitution
Texas H.B. 2 and the right to an abortion
A constitutional challenge to a Texas law regulating abortion providers.
The 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship
Current debate over the children of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally
Why the Innocent Plead Guilty
Public misconceptions and systemic failings of America’s criminal justice system
The history and legacy of the 13th Amendment
Jeffrey Rosen is joined by David Rubenstein
Is the Iran nuclear deal constitutional?
The Iran nuclear deal and the constitutional questions about its passage
Voting rights on trial in North Carolina
The 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act approaches
Everything You Need to Know About The Constitut...
Myriad issues, history, and opinions related to the First and Fourth Amendments
Perspectives on a historic Supreme Court term
Looking back at the 2014 term
The Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriag...
The constitutional aspects of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage and election redistricting decisions
Analyzing the Obamacare Supreme Court decision
Obamacare tax subsidies upheld in about three dozen states
Supreme Court rules on license plates, church s...
Four big Supreme Court cases, including decisions on vanity license plates and church signs
Zivotofsky: Which branch controls foreign affairs?
A major ruling on the separation of powers
Reviewing the Supreme Court’s first week of June
The Supreme Court’s headscarf and Facebook decisions
Donor disclosure and anonymous speech
Controversy over non-profits being forced to release the names of anonymous donors
Jeffrey Rosen answers questions about the Supre...
Questions about the Supreme Court and other matters
The Courts, The Constitution and Phone Metadata
The constitutional future of the Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215
Capital punishment returns to the Supreme Court
Supreme Court case about the use of lethal injection
Debating the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ...
Historic arguments about same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court
The Fourth Amendment and police dog searches
Another big Supreme Court decision about the Fourth Amendment and police dogs
The fight for freedom in the 21st century
Leaders across the ideological spectrum on the meaning of freedom today and tomorrow
The constitutional debate over state RFRA laws
The national debate over state RFRA laws
The Confederate license plate debate
The right of Texas to ban state-issued license plates
The First Amendment and racist speech on colleg...
With Jeffrey Rosen
The President, Congress, Iran and the Constitution
The roles of the President and Congress in conducting America’s foreign policy.
Experts analyze the Supreme Court case about Ob...
Core constitutional arguments in the latest Obamacare challenge at the Supreme Court
Who holds the redistricting power?
The future of the legislative redistricting process
Obama’s Immigration policy at a legal crossroads
President Obama's new immigration policies
Presidential powers and the Constitution
A special Presidents Day podcast
Learn about our new bipartisan effort to promot...
An important new project to promote constitutional awareness
Jeff Rosen answers your constitutional questions
Constitutional conventions, creating new states
Should elected judges be allowed to ask for don...
State-level judges who run for office, and want to raise campaign funds
Charlie Hebdo and the freedom of speech
With Jeffrey Rosen
Judicial rulings and the evaluation of laws
When is it appropriate for the courts to strike down laws passed by a legislature
The Constitution and the CIA interrogation report
Constitutional aspects of the CIA’s detainment and interrogation of terrorists
The aftermath of Ferguson for the legal system
Constitutional and legal fallout from the Ferguson and Staten Island situations
Free speech, Facebook and the Supreme Court
A potential landmark Supreme Court case involving Facebook and free speech
Experts analyze President Obama’s immigration a...
President Obama’s speech and executive orders about immigration
The Supreme Court considers racial gerrymandering
Roles of race and party in determining election districts
The discussion over the Supreme Court, passport...
The use of the word “Israel” on a passport
Jeffrey Rosen answers your Bill of Rights quest...
Visitor questions about the Bill of Rights
The real scoop on “The Roosevelts”
Jeffrey Rosen with Geoffrey Ward
The Supreme Court tackles prison beards and rel...
The limits of religious liberty in a secular society
Eastman and Hasen on the Voting Rights debate
Voting rights and the Constitution
How our federal judicial system was born
The 225th anniversary of the Act that established our federal judicial system
John Yoo and Ilya Somin discuss Obama and the W...
Redefining the Constitution by limiting congressional input
Online privacy for public figures in the social...
Protection from online hackers who repost content on websites
Ask Jeff Rosen, Episode 2: Congress and the Con...
Questions about the 14th Amendment