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We the People

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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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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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By MarkE8 - Feb 04 2019
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Very good podcast, has helped me to learn about the constitution and understand current issues.

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By JIGGS LIKED THIS - Nov 24 2018
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Loved this episode - thoughtful AND civil. Glad I found this show.

iTunes Ratings

550 Ratings
Average Ratings
424
99
13
7
7

Great

By MarkE8 - Feb 04 2019
Read more
Very good podcast, has helped me to learn about the constitution and understand current issues.

Free Speech & Press

By JIGGS LIKED THIS - Nov 24 2018
Read more
Loved this episode - thoughtful AND civil. Glad I found this show.
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We the People

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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.

Rank #1: The Federalists vs. the Anti-Federalists

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In early August 1787, the Constitutional Convention’s Committee of Detail had just presented its preliminary draft of the Constitution to the rest of the delegates, and the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists were beginning to parse some of the biggest foundational debates over what American government should look like. On this episode, we explore the questions: How did the unique constitutional visions of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists influence the drafting and ratification of the Constitution? And how should we interpret the Constitution in light of those debates today? Two leading scholars of constitutional history–Jack Rakove of Stanford University and Michael Rappaport of the University of San Diego School of Law – join host Jeffrey Rosen. 
Questions or comments about the podcast? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.
Aug 08 2019
56 mins
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Rank #2: The New Supreme Court

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Jeffrey Rosen leads a discussion about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Gorsuch’s first year on the Supreme Court, and what the future of the Court might look like.

Brianne Gorod is the Constitutional Accountability Center’s chief counsel. She previously served as CAC’s Appellate Counsel.

Elizabeth Slattery is a legal fellow and appellate advocacy program manager at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Institute for Constitutional Government at the Heritage Foundation.

Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you. Contact the We the People team at podcast@constitutioncenter.org

The National Constitution Center is offering CLE credits for select America’s Town Hall programs! Get more information at constitutioncenter.org/CLE
Jul 19 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #3: Ask Jeff Rosen, Episode 2: Congress and the Constitution

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In our second “Ask Jeff Rosen” podcast, the National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen answers reader questions about the 14th Amendment, if Congress is above the law, and if a national day of prayer would be legal.
Aug 15 2014
33 mins
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Rank #4: Presidential powers and the Constitution

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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.
Feb 13 2015
26 mins
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Rank #5: The Supreme Court considers the travel ban case

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On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in one of the biggest cases of the year: Trump v. Hawaii, the challenge to the latest iteration of President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict travel to the United States by nationals from certain countries.

The federal government contends that a ruling for the challengers would “hamstring” the president’s ability to conduct foreign relations and protect the national security; the challengers counter that allowing the so-called “travel ban” to stand will not only preclude over 150 million people, overwhelmingly Muslim, from coming to the United States, but it will also consolidate “breathtakingly vast” power in the executive branch.

Josh Blackman is an Associate Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law Houston. He blogs at JoshBlackman.com and has written dozens of blog posts, editorials, and articles on the Trump v. Hawaii case.

Joshua Matz is of counsel at Gupta Wessler PLLC and Kaplan & Company LLP. He is the publisher of the Take Care blog. He filed an amicus brief (with Robbie Kaplan) on behalf of constitutional law scholars in Trump v. Hawaii, on behalf of the respondents.

Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you. Contact the We the People team at podcast@constitutioncenter.org

The Constitution Center is offering CLE credits for select America’s Town Hall programs! Get more information at constitutioncenter.org/CLE.
Apr 26 2018
47 mins
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Rank #6: Marijuana and the Constitution

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Douglas Berman of The Ohio State University and Randy Barnett of Georgetown University explore the constitutional issues at stake in the regulation and legalization of marijuana.

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 Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Josh Waimberg and Danieli Evans. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.
May 12 2016
54 mins
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Rank #7: Debating the laws regulating bathroom use and gender

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Joshua Block from the ACLU and Matthew Sharp from the Alliance Defending Freedom join our Jeffrey Rosen to take a closer look at the debate over laws regulating bathroom use for transgender Americans.
May 05 2016
58 mins
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Rank #8: A 'deep dive' on the Supreme Court

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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 WaimbergLana Ulrich, and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.
Jul 07 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #9: Justice Breyer on the First Amendment

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Our president and CEO, Jeffrey Rosen sits down with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston. They discuss the First Amendment, hate speech, the Citizens United decision, and other free speech cases.

Stephen G. Breyer  is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 
Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you. Contact the We the People team at podcast@constitutioncenter.org

The Constitution Center is offering CLE credits for select America’s Town Hall programs! Get more information at constitutioncenter.org/CLE
Apr 12 2018
52 mins
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Rank #10: Everything You Need to Know About The Constitution in Two Amendments

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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.
Jul 16 2015
53 mins
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Rank #11: When does Twitter-blocking violate the First Amendment?

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President Trump can no longer block people on Twitter, following a ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The court held that because President Trump controls access to his @realdonaldtrump Twitter account and uses it for official government purposes, it is a public forum and, under the First Amendment, he cannot block people solely based on their viewpoints. Katie Fallow – one of the lead attorneys who represented the blocked Twitter users in the case – and David French, senior writer at National Review and former First Amendment litigator, debate the merits of the decision as well as its potential impact on future cases. They also explore a similar lawsuit recently filed against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by people claiming that she unconstitutionally blocked them on Twitter. And, they explain how the Second Circuit’s decision may impact government attempts to regulate social media. Jeffrey Rosen hosts.
Questions or comments about the podcast? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.
Aug 01 2019
48 mins
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Rank #12: Facebook and the Future of Democracy

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Jeffrey Rosen discusses the recent Facebook hearingsand the broader impact of social media on free speech and democracy with Nate Persily of Stanford Law and Kate Klonick of Yale Law School.
Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you. Contact the We the People team at podcast@constitutioncenter.org

The Constitution Center is offering CLE credits for select America’s Town Hall programs! Get more information at constitutioncenter.org/CLE.
Apr 19 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #13: The Fourth Amendment and police dog searches

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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.
Apr 23 2015
39 mins
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Rank #14: The life and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

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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 legacy.
Feb 18 2016
44 mins
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Rank #15: Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Recap

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Nina Totenberg and Neal Katyal join host Jeffrey Rosen to unpack Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and evaluate his testimony. Totenberg and Katyal recap what we learned about Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy and his views on everything from the role of precedent to presidential power, and forecast how Kavanaugh, if confirmed, might shape the Supreme Court in years to come.
Sep 13 2018
55 mins
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Rank #16: A reasoned debate about the Second Amendment

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Adam Winkler of the UCLA School of Law and Nelson Lund of the George Mason University School of Law examine the history of the Second Amendment and the current debates about the extent of its protections.
Oct 22 2015
49 mins
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Rank #17: Does the Senate have a duty to hold hearings for Supreme Court nominees?

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Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine and Michael Ramsey of the University of San Diego debate what the Constitution requires when it comes to Supreme Court appointments.

We need your help to make this podcast even better! Go to bit.ly/wtpfeedback to share your feedback.

Freedom Day is April 13, 2016. Learn more and get involved: constitutioncenter.org/freedom-day.

Get the latest constitutional news, and continue the conversation, on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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 Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.
Apr 07 2016
48 mins
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Rank #18: The 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship

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Stanford Law School's Bernadette Meyler and Emory University School of Law's William Mayton join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause and current debate over the children of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
Aug 19 2015
47 mins
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Rank #19: The History of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

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In the midst of the contentious confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, we explore the history of Supreme Court confirmation hearings and consider their constitutional implications. How did the Framers envision the Senate’s role in providing “advice and consent,” and how has it evolved over time?
Guests: Lori Ringhand – professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and Adam J. White – research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
This is the first episode in a two-part series covering the confirmation process. Join us next week for a post-hearing wrap-up.
Sep 06 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #20: The Golden State Killer and Genetic Privacy

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Erin E. Murphy of New York University Law School and Andrea Roth of University of California Berkeley School of Law discuss the Golden State killer case and the future of genetic privacy with host Jeffrey Rosen.

This past April, California police announced they had a suspect for the “Golden State Killer” – 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo. Using genetic data from old crime scene samples, police uploaded his information into a genealogy website, GEDmatch, enabling them to identify DeAngelo’s relatives, and eventually narrow the pool down to find DeAngelo.

This case – along with others that have followed - has raised privacy concerns, leading many to wonder what the future for genetic privacy is under the Fourth Amendment.

Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you. Contact the We the People team at podcast@constitutioncenter.org

The National Constitution Center is offering CLE credits for select America’s Town Hall programs! Get more information at constitutioncenter.org/CLE
Jun 21 2018
58 mins
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