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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.

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Everything You Need to Know About The Constitution in Two Amendments

Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, leads an interactive discussion about the myriad issues, history, and opinions related to the First and Fourth Amendments.

53mins

16 Jul 2015

Rank #1

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Is the Second Amendment a “Second Class Right”?

The Supreme Court has not decided a major Second Amendment case since McDonald v. Chicago in 2010, but the Court may break this silence soon if it decides to grant certiorari in Mance v. Whitaker – a challenge to a law prohibiting interstate handgun sales. In this episode, Cato's Clark Neily, a leading Second Amendment litigator, and Adam Winkler, UCLA Law professor and noted Second Amendment scholar, join host Jeffrey Rosen to discuss Mance and other pending cases and debate whether courts have treated the Second Amendment as a “second class right.” Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org

1hr 5mins

17 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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A 'deep dive' on the Supreme Court

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is joined by leading Supreme Court watchers to review the recent term and look ahead to the future.The participants are Neal Katyal of Georgetown University and Hogan Lovells; Judge Nancy Gertner of Harvard University; Nina Totenberg of NPR; Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago; and Lawrence Lessig of Harvard University.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.We want to know what you think of the podcast! Email us at editor@constitutioncenter.org.Please subscribe to We the People on iTunes. While you’re in the iTunes Store, leave us a rating and review; it helps other people discover what we do.Please also subscribe to Live at America’s Town Hall, featuring conversations and debates presented at the Center, across from Independence Hall in beautiful Philadelphia.We the People is a member of Slate’s Panoply network. Check out all of our sibling podcasts at iTunes.com/Panoply.Despite our congressional charter, the National Constitution Center is a private nonprofit; we receive little government support, and we rely on the generosity of people around the country who are inspired by our nonpartisan mission of constitutional debate and education. Please consider becoming a member to support our work, including this podcast. Visit constitutioncenter.org to learn more.This show was edited by David Stotz and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Josh Waimberg, Lana Ulrich, and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

1hr 3mins

7 Jul 2016

Rank #3

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A constitutional history of the Republican Party

David French of the National Review and Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina explore the history of the GOP through a constitutional lens.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.We want to know what you think of the podcast! Email us at editor@constitutioncenter.org.Please subscribe to We the People and Live at America’s Town Hall on iTunes or your favorite podcast app.We the People is a member of Slate’s Panoply network. Check out all of our sibling podcasts at iTunes.com/Panoply.Despite our congressional charter, the National Constitution Center is a private nonprofit; we receive little government support, and we rely on the generosity of people around the country who are inspired by our nonpartisan mission of constitutional debate and education. Please consider becoming a member to support our work, including this podcast. Visit constitutioncenter.org to learn more.This show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Josh Waimberg and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

49mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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Analyzing the Obamacare Supreme Court decision

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Ilya Shapiro and Erwin Chemerinsky to break down Thursday’s decision that upheld critical Obamacare tax subsidies in about three dozen states.

40mins

25 Jun 2015

Rank #5

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Presidential powers and the Constitution

Influential scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Richard Epstein join our Jeffrey Rosen for a special Presidents Day podcast about the true constitutional meaning of executive power.

26mins

13 Feb 2015

Rank #6

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How our federal judicial system was born

Jeffrey P. Minear, the Counselor to the Chief Justice of the United States, joins our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the 225th anniversary of the Act that established our federal judicial system.

37mins

24 Sep 2014

Rank #7

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The history and meaning of the Establishment Clause

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 contemporary application of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.

48mins

16 Dec 2015

Rank #8

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The Courts, The Constitution and Phone Metadata

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by three top experts to look at the constitutional future of the Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215, which allows the NSA to collect the phone records of Americans.

45mins

15 May 2015

Rank #9

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Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?

David Schleicher of Yale University and Todd Zywicki of George Mason University discuss the text, history, and future of this contested amendment.New essays are now available on the Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution. Read about the 17th Amendment, the 20th Amendment, the 24th Amendment, and the 25th Amendment.Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.We want to know what you think of the podcast. Email us at editor@constitutioncenter.org.Sign up to receive Constitution Weekly, our email roundup of constitutional news and debate.Please subscribe to We the People and our companion podcast, Live at America’s Town Hall, on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app.We the People is a member of Slate’s Panoply network. Check out the full roster of podcasts at Panoply.fm.Despite our congressional charter, the National Constitution Center is a private nonprofit; we receive little government support, and we rely on the generosity of people around the country who are inspired by our nonpartisan mission of constitutional debate and education. Please consider becoming a member to support our work, including this podcast. Visit constitutioncenter.org to learn more.Today’s show was edited by Kevin Kilbourne and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

51mins

13 Jul 2017

Rank #10

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Is the Presidency Too Powerful?

On this Presidents’ Day edition of We the People, political historian Julian Zelizer of Princeton and constitutional law professor Eric Posner of the University of Chicago Law School join host Jeffrey Rosen to debate the question: Is the presidency too powerful? Starting with the Founding Fathers’ vision for the presidency, they trace the evolution of presidential power through the Progressive Era presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, the move to restrain presidential power in the 1970s during LBJ’s and Richard Nixon’s presidencies, and the uptick in exercises of unilateral presidential power by modern presidents like George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Finally, they share their thoughts on presidential emergency powers and President Trump’s recent declaration of a national emergency to fund construction of the border wall. Questions or comments about the podcast? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

1hr

21 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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A conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a wide-ranging conversation in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.In the 75-minute interview, Justice Ginsburg talks about the #MeToo movement, confessed her affection for Millennials, discussed the Supreme Court cases she’d like to see overturned, and told some personal stories about the progress women’s rights have made—while reminding the audience of just how recently gender discrimination in American law seemed not only normal but entrenched. The event took place in Philadelphia on February 12, 2018, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Law School as the Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law.

1hr 19mins

15 Feb 2018

Rank #12

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The life and legacy of Frederick Douglass

On this debut episode of our special Stories of the Civil War and Reconstruction Series, we examine the life of one of America’s most influential abolitionists, orators, writers, and statesmen – Frederick Douglass. Growing up as an enslaved person in Maryland, Douglass set himself apart by learning to read and write at an early age. After escaping from slavery, Douglass moved to Massachusetts where he became involved with local anti-slavery groups and newspapers. Ardently advocating for abolition, Douglass toured the country with William Lloyd Garrison and spoke extensively about the relationship between the Constitution and slavery in America. David Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University. An expert scholar on Frederick Douglass, Blight has written extensively on him. Blight’s newest book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, will be released on October 2. Blight also serves as Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale and previously taught at Amherst College for 13 years.Noelle Trent is director of interpretation, collections and education at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Trent earned her doctorate in American history at Howard University, where she also served as a lecturer for 4 years. Her dissertation, “Frederick Douglass and the Making of American Exceptionalism,” is currently being expanded into a book. Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you. Contact the We the People team at podcast@constitutioncenter.orgThe National Constitution Center is offering CLE credits for select America’s Town Hall programs! Get more information at constitutioncenter.org/CLE.

1hr 7mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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The Fourth Amendment and police dog searches

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Orin Kerr and Christopher Slobogin to discuss another big Supreme Court decision about the Fourth Amendment and police dogs.

39mins

23 Apr 2015

Rank #14

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The constitutional and political impact of Citizens United

David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics and Paul Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center discuss the state of elections and campaign finance, six years after Citizens United.We need your help to make this podcast even better! Go to bit.ly/wtpfeedback to share your feedback.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.We want to know what you think of the podcast. Email us at editor@constitutioncenter.org.Please subscribe to We the People. While you’re in the iTunes Store, leave us a rating and review—it helps other people discover what we do.Please also subscribe to Live at America’s Town Hall, featuring conversations and debates presented at the Center, across from Independence Hall in beautiful Philadelphia.We the People is a member of Slate’s Panoply network. Check out all of our sibling podcasts at iTunes.com/Panoply.Despite our congressional charter, the National Constitution Center is a private nonprofit—we receive little government support, and we rely on the generosity of people around the country who are inspired by our nonpartisan mission of constitutional debate and education. Please consider becoming a member to support our work, including this podcast. Visit constitutioncenter.org to learn more.This show was engineered by Kevin Kilbourne and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Josh Waimberg and Danieli Evans. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

46mins

17 Mar 2016

Rank #15

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Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the First Amendment

Jane Kirtley of the University of Minnesota and Amy Gajda of Tulane University examine the Gawker-Hulk Hogan dispute and the tension between press freedom and privacy.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.We want to know what you think of the podcast! Email us at editor@constitutioncenter.org.Please subscribe to We the People on iTunes. While you’re in the iTunes Store, leave us a rating and review; it helps other people discover what we do.Please also subscribe to Live at America’s Town Hall, featuring conversations and debates presented at the Center, across from Independence Hall in beautiful Philadelphia.We the People is a member of Slate’s Panoply network. Check out all of our sibling podcasts at iTunes.com/Panoply.Despite our congressional charter, the National Constitution Center is a private nonprofit; we receive little government support, and we rely on the generosity of people around the country who are inspired by our nonpartisan mission of constitutional debate and education. Please consider becoming a member to support our work, including this podcast. Visit constitutioncenter.org to learn more.

54mins

16 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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The First Amendment speech debate on college campuses

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 speech and hate speech.

39mins

20 Nov 2015

Rank #17

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The life and legacy of Justice Louis Brandeis

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is joined by Melvin Urofsky of Virginia Commonwealth University and Philippa Strum of the Wilson Center to discuss his new biography of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.We want to know what you think of the podcast! Email us at editor@constitutioncenter.org.Please subscribe to We the People on iTunes. While you’re in the iTunes Store, leave us a rating and review; it helps other people discover what we do.Please also subscribe to Live at America’s Town Hall, featuring conversations and debates presented at the Center, across from Independence Hall in beautiful Philadelphia.We the People is a member of Slate’s Panoply network. Check out all of our sibling podcasts at iTunes.com/Panoply.Despite our congressional charter, the National Constitution Center is a private nonprofit; we receive little government support, and we rely on the generosity of people around the country who are inspired by our nonpartisan mission of constitutional debate and education. Please consider becoming a member to support our work, including this podcast. Visit constitutioncenter.org to learn more.This show was engineered by Kevin Kilbourne and edited by David Stotz. It was produced by Nicandro Iannacci. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

1hr 30mins

2 Jun 2016

Rank #18

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What Does the Constitution Say About Impeachment?

How should impeachment be carried out, according to the Constitution? This episode explores the constitutional process of impeachment, from investigation and passage of articles of impeachment by the House of Representatives, to the Senate trial, and the aftermath. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, who served on the House Judiciary Committee during the Nixon impeachment, and Gene Healy, author of Indispensable Remedy: The Broad Scope of the Constitution’s Impeachment Power detail the constitutional framework under which impeachment has been carried out in the past, how those precedents compare to what’s happening today, and what might happen next. Jeffrey Rosen hosts.Questions or comments about the podcast? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

1hr 5mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Jeff Rosen answers your constitutional questions

In the latest installment of our popular podcast series, National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about constitutional conventions, creating new states and the rights of immigrants.

47mins

29 Jan 2015

Rank #20