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Live at America's Town Hall
Live constitutional conversations and debates featuring leading historians, journalists, scholars, and public officials hosted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and across America.
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What is Habeas Corpus?
What does habeas corpus mean, where does it come from, and how has it been important throughout history? Professor Amanda Tyler of Berkeley Law discuss her book on the history of habeas.
61 min
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Dissent: An American Tradition
America "didn't create dissent — dissent created us," according to historian Ralph Young. He sits down with NCC Scholar-in-Residence Michael Gerhardt to discuss the ways dissent has shaped American history.
61 min
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Armed in America
Diving deep into the history of the right to bear arms in America from colonial militias to concealed carry, historian Patrick Charles and legal scholar Brandon Denning join the NCC's Lana Ulrich.
61 min
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Slavery and its Opponents at America’s Founding
Was the original Constitution pro-slavery? Historian Sean Wilentz rethinks this question in conversation with Jeffrey Rosen.
69 min
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The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Marshall is profiled by his biographer Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of National Review.
58 min
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The Presidents: America's Best and Worst
Presidential biographers rank America's best and worst presidents, diving into the lives of Presidents James Buchanan, William Howard Taft, Jimmy Carter, and more.
73 min
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The Presidents Adams and the Politics of Person...
Detailing the lives and political careers of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams, historians Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein discuss their new book on the father-son duo.
64 min
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George F. Will: The Conservative Sensibility
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George F. Will shares his thoughts about the evolution of American government and discusses his new book in this fascinating conversation with Jeffrey Rosen.
62 min
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Women and the Civil War: The Untold Stories
Noted historians tell the untold stories of women abolitionists, suffragists, and even soldiers during and after the Civil War.
58 min
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The Supreme Court: 2018-19 Term Recap, and What...
Emily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine, CNN Legal Analyst Joan Biskupic, Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed, and appellate lawyers and former Solicitors General Neal Katyal and Ted Olson all join host Jeffrey Rosen to break down the Supreme Court’s biggest recent decisions.
54 min
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#1AUSA Bonus: Simon Tam and The Slants
Simon Tam and his band The Slants tell their story and perform some of their music.
32 min
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#1AUSA Part Five: Teresa Sullivan, Suki Kim
A panel of college presidents discuss free speech and intellectual diversity on their campuses, and a group of journalists describe the challenges they face reporting in foreign countries.
70 min
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The Human Side of Judging
Moderators Michael Lewis and Jeff Rosen sit down with current and former judges for candid conversations on how they approach their work on the bench.
76 min
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#1AUSA Part 4: Nancy Gibbs, Dean Baquet, James ...
Part four of our series #1AUSA features Nancy Gibbs, Dean Baquet, Marty Baron and others exploring the crucial role of the free press in American democracy.
87 min
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Revolutionary Constitutions
Prof. Bruce Ackerman explores how constitutional change happens and discusses his new book 'Revolutionary Constitutions'.
60 min
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#1AUSA Part Three: Michael Hayden, Tom Ridge, F...
Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and the CIA, and former Sec. of Homeland Security and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, and others, explore what happens when press freedom collides with the interests of national security.
74 min
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A Dangerous Idea: The History of Eugenics in Am...
This panel discussion explores the dark sociopolitical and constitutional history of the eugenics movement.
57 min
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#1AUSA Part Two: John Kasich, Hugh Hewitt, Mary...
Hear stories of ordinary citizens who have had an extraordinary impact on the First Amendment in part two of our special series #1AUSA.
68 min
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Reconstruction and Re...
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. tells the story of Reconstruction and Redemption in conversation with NCC President Jeffrey Rosen.
41 min
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#1AUSA Part One: RBG, Noel Francisco, Juan Will...
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, journalist Juan Williams, and others explore the First Amendment's past, present, and future.
72 min
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Can the President Use Emergency Powers to Build...
Debating whether the president has the constitutional and legal authority to use emergency powers to build a border wall—Rich Lowry and Jonathan Turley join moderator Jeffrey Rosen.
55 min
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Joan Biskupic on "The Chief"
CNN legal analyst and renowned Supreme Court biographer Joan Biskupic discusses her new biography of Chief Justice John Roberts.
60 min
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Preet Bharara on "Doing Justice"
Preet Bharara shares his views on what it means to uphold the rule of law and do justice.
58 min
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When Religious Liberty Collides with LGBTQ Rights
What happens when religious liberty collides with anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people or other minorities? Scholars and advocates from all sides of the debate join host Jeffrey Rosen for a civil dialogue to address this question head on.
62 min
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Can the First Amendment Save Social Media from ...
In a live Intelligence Squared debate, two teams of free speech experts debate whether or not social media companies should adhere to the First Amendment.
50 min
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Campus Free Speech and Academic Freedom
Professors and administrators share their views on how certain on-campus controversies related to free speech and academic freedom should be handled—and much more.
90 min
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How to Save a Constitutional Democracy
Are we in the midst of a global crisis of decline in democracy? Aziz Z. Huq and Tom Ginsburg discuss this question and their book “How to Save a Constitutional Democracy."
61 min
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We the Corporations
Are corporations treated like people under the Constitution? Adam Winkler and Kent Greenfield illuminate this question and many others in a wide-ranging discussion of the history of corporations in America.
64 min
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Faith and the Founding
Exploring how the bible influenced the American founding and the creation of the Constitution, leading religion scholars join NCC President Jeffrey Rosen.
48 min
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Notorious RBG in Song
A musical portrait of the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, performed by composer/soprano and daughter-in-law of Justice Ginsburg, Patrice Michaels.
75 min
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Michael Tomasky on Polarization and How to Fix It
Tomasky discusses his new book, detailing the divides that ail America today and the solutions that can fix them, in conversation with Jeffrey Rosen.
61 min
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Civil Rights Across the Centuries
Detailing the battle over race and equality across American history, three distinguished scholars join Jeffrey Rosen at the National Constitution Center.
60 min
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Freedom, Equality, and Emancipation
Reconstruction historians Thavolia Glymph and David Blight recount the ratification of the 14th Amendment and explore the meaning of freedom, equality, and emancipation.
70 min
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Gen. Stanley McChrystal — Leaders: Myth and Rea...
Gen. Stanley McChrystal shares his insights into the complex question, “What makes a leader great?” and discusses his new book.
64 min
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RBG and On the Basis of Sex
A panel of RBG enthusiasts sit down to discuss On the Basis of Sex, the new biopic on the justice
31 min
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Civil Rights and Constitutional Change
In remembrance of the 1963 bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph, historian Steven Levingston and composer Hannibal Lokumbe explore the tragedy's impact on the civil rights movement.
62 min
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The Battle for the American Mind
Justin Driver provides a provocative exploration of public education, the Supreme Court, and the "battle for the American mind."
60 min
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Judicial Independence and the Federal Courts: A...
Exploring the 20th century history of judicial independence and the federal courts.
41 min
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The Suffrage Movement: Revisiting the Final Cam...
Detailing some of the key moments in the journey to women’s suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment, authors Elaine Weiss and Dawn Langan Teele join the NCC’s Lana Ulrich.
59 min
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Gerard Magliocca: The Heart of the Constitution
Honoring the anniversary of the Bill of Rights' ratification, Gerard Magliocca sits down with Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
54 min
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BONUS: What Would Madison Think of Democracy To...
Three scholarly experts on James Madison join Jeffrey Rosen to explore the founding father's vision for republican government.
23 min
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Madison, the Media, and the Mob
Exploring what Madison would think of mainstream media and social media today - Jeffrey Rosen moderates a panel of Goldbergs (Jeff, Michelle, and Jonah).
54 min
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Bonus: Sen. Chris Coons on the Senate and the C...
Sen. Chris Coons sits down with Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the Constitution and the future of the Senate.
34 min
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Jon Meacham on the American Odyssey of Presiden...
Biographer Jon Meacham shares stories from his portrait of the 41st president.
65 min
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Hamilton: The Man, the Musical, and the Law
A conversation on the ways that Hamilton, both the man and the musical, teaches us about the Constitution and the law.
53 min
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What is Citizenship?
Live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jeffrey Rosen sits down with Jaya Ramji-Nogales, John Eastman, and Ruth Wasem to discuss citizenship and nationhood.
60 min
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Ken Starr: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation
Former special prosecutor Ken Starr shares his definitive account of the investigation into President Clinton.
61 min
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Michael Beschloss: Presidents of War
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss discusses his new book, Presidents of War, with Jeffrey Rosen.
64 min
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Why State Constitutions Matter
Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton sheds light on the importance of state courts and state constitutions.
62 min
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Doris Kearns Goodwin: Leadership in Turbulent T...
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian unveils her new book
72 min
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The Story of the 14th Amendment and America’s ...
14th Amendment at 150
63 min
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The Power of Impeachment: Its History and Future
A deep dive into a historical debate
63 min