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Citizen Brandeis

A fine new book, “Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet” by Jeffrey Rosen, describes how seriously the justice took these beliefs. Though eager to see big banks and businesses broken up to prevent monopolies, Brandeis turned on President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his young left-wing advisers when they used the New Deal to bring great swathes of the economy, including small farms, under central government control. Mr Rosen, who heads the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, describes Brandeis joining more conservative justices in striking down key planks of the New Deal in 1935.

The Economist

May 13, 2016

Interactive Constitution Looks at Americas’ rights from both political sides

A new website that allows users to explore, analyze and deconstruct the U.S. Constitution is something of an internet sensation. Jeff Rosen discusses this simple yet powerful idea.


April 01, 2016

New partnership between the National Constitution Center and The Atlantic

The National Constitution Center and The Atlantic are partnering in a new online content series, “Confirmations: The Battle over the Constitution.” National Constitution Center CEO, Jeffrey Rosen, explains how the partnership will work to make sure important constitutional questions remain a central part of the public debate over the Supreme Court vacancy.

Constitution Daily

March 28, 2016

C-SPAN, NCC Landmark Cases series re-airing for next two weeks

Landmark Cases explores the human stories and constitutional dramas behind some of the most significant and frequently cited decisions in the Supreme Court’s history. Produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center, the 90-minute programs will air each night on C-SPAN at 10 p.m. ET, from Monday, March 28 to Saturday, April 2 and Monday, April 4 until Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Constitution Daily

March 28, 2016

What’s at Stake in Selecting Justice Scalia’s Replacement?

The fight over the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t just a partisan struggle—it revolves around the very meaning of the Constitution. An article by Jeffrey Rosen.

The Atlantic

March 28, 2016

The Nomination of Merrick Garland Is a Victory for Judicial Restraint

National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen profiles Supreme Court Nominee Judge Merrick Garland and argues that Merrick enforces rights enumerated in the Constitution while deferring to legislatures and elected officials when the Constitution doesn’t speak clearly.

The Atlantic

March 17, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen speaks at the Supreme Court on John Marshall

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen spoke at the Supreme Court in a special event honoring “the Great Chief Justice,” John Marshall. The Supreme Court Historical Society and the John Marshall Foundation hosted Rosen’s lecture in connection with the 215th anniversary of Marshall’s appointment to the Bench by President John Adams.

Constitution Daily

March 17, 2016

Louis D. Brandeis American Prophet by Jeffrey Rosen

In the latest installment of the publisher’s Jewish Lives series, a legal scholar examines the career of Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941), “the most important American critic of what he called ‘the curse of bigness’ in government and business since Thomas Jefferson.”National Constitution Center president and CEO Rosen (The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America, 2007, etc.) states unambiguously that he is not attempting to offer a comprehensive biography, citing three high-quality, full-life biographies published after Brandeis left the Supreme Court in 1939. Rather, he presents “a condensed study of his thought and character."


March 14, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen’s Supreme Court talk on John Marshall

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen is introduced by Chief Justice John Roberts in a special March 19 lecture at the Supreme Court about John Marshall. Watch the video.


March 09, 2016

What An Eight Member Supreme Court Could Mean For Key Cases Still To Be Decided This Year

No sooner than the news broke of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia than Republicans in Congress made clear they’d reject any Obama nominee to replace him. This panel discussion includes Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

February 25, 2016

Political Drama Over Scalia Successor Echoes 1968 Nomination Fight

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, about what happened when the Senate filibustered President Lyndon Johnson's Supreme Court nominations at the end of his term.

National Public Radio

February 16, 2016

What Made Antonin Scalia Great

Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, liberals as well as conservatives have appropriately paid tribute to his legacy as one of the most influential justices of the twentieth century. Jeff Rosen examines Scalia's important impact over the years on how we think and talk about law.

The Atlantic

February 15, 2016

The Life And Legacy Of Justice Scalia — And The Future Makeup Of The Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia was the leading conservative voice on the U.S. Supreme Court. His death over the weekend from natural causes ended a decades-long judicial career marked by lively opinions and adherence to a textural interpretation of the Constitution. Almost immediately after Scalia’s passing was announced, a political battle began. A panel discussion includes Jeff Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

February 15, 2016

Justices to decide if Obama can stop deportation of 5M

Supreme Court observer Jeffrey Rosen discusses the court's decision to look at Obama's power under the Constitution.

The Salt Lake Tribune

February 02, 2016

The Supreme Court To Review President Obama’s Immigration Plan

Jeffrey Rosen is interviewed by Susan Page about President Obama's actions on immigration and the potential legal implications.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

January 20, 2016

SCOTUS Will Rule On Obama’s Immigration Actions Ahead of 2016 Election

Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how this might impact the 2016 election. Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University and president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, explains the potential legal implications surrounding this case.

The Takeaway with John Hockenberry National Public Radio

January 19, 2016

Debate Over The Second Amendment To The U.S. Constitution

The Second Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution in 1781 as part of the Bill of Rights. Drafted by James Madison, the amendment went largely unnoticed for decades. Then in the 1970s and 80s, gun advocates began pointing to the Second Amendment as an absolute right, and justification for limiting firearms regulation. In 2008, the Supreme Court narrowly ruled that individuals have a right to gun ownership. The discussion features Jeff Rosen and other panelists.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

January 11, 2016

The Supreme Court Considers Affirmative Action As Campus Protests Over Racial Bias Continue

Jeffrey Rosen joins a guest panel to discuss the Supreme Court hearing arguments on admissions policies at the University of Texas which allow for racial preferences. A ruling against UT would have broad implications for affirmative action programs in institutions across the country even as racial unease has led to protests on dozens of campuses across the country.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

December 09, 2015

Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions

Jeffrey Rosen and Tomiko Brown-Nagin talk about the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, in which the court unanimously ruled that separate public schools were not equal, reversing previous court decisions.


November 23, 2015

America’s Unfinished Second Founding

A century and a half after the passage of the Reconstruction Amendments, public debate still revolves around the rights they guarantee. By Jeffrey Rosen and Tom Donnelly.

The Atlantic

October 19, 2015

Interactive Constitution illuminates bedrock of American liberty

“The Constitution, though the subject of vigorous debate, is the one document that binds us in these polarized times,” Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, said in an interview with Yahoo News. “It’s our birthright as Americans. The guarantees of liberty that it promises are really one thing that citizens of every different perspective can share and celebrate.” The American Constitution Society and The Federalist Society, two constitutional law organizations,helped select the experts to discuss matters of debate.

Yahoo News

September 19, 2015

Center launches interactivbe effort on the Constitution

The National Constitution Center launched an educational revolution Thursday - a new, digital way of teaching the founding document on the 228th anniversary of its signing in Philadelphia.

September 17, 2015

Book Review of “Give Us The Ballot”

A review of Ari Berman's "Give Us the Ballot" by Jeffrey Rosen. The book explores the debate over the Voting Rights Act. Rosen writes that, "every time the Voting Rights Act came up for renewal, from 1969 to 2006, Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House repeatedly endorsed the broader interpretation. And the Supreme Court repeatedly responded by imposing the narrower interpretation by judicial fiat."

Sunday Book Review The New York Times

August 25, 2015

Constitution Center partnering with Google on tech fair

The National Constitution Center is partnering with Google to host a tech fair on Nov. 16 to show how technology can be used to build democracies.

Philadelphia Business Journal

August 17, 2015

John Roberts, the Umpire in Chief

A Sunday Review opinion by Jeffrey Rosen about Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s bipartisan vision of judicial restraint.

The New York Times

June 28, 2015

Marriage Equality Becomes Law of the Land

NPR host John Hockenberry interviews Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center, on the Supreme Court's decision on Same-Sex Marriage.

The Take Away with John Hockenberry NPR (National Public Radio)

June 26, 2015

The Supreme Court Rules on King v. Burwell

The panel discussion featured Jeffrey Rosen president and CEO, The National Constitution Centerm Susan Dentzer senior policy adviser, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and on-air analyst on health issues, PBS NewsHour and Norman Ornstein resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

June 25, 2015

SCOTUS Obamacare Case Explained

SCOTUS Obamacare Case Explained includes an interview with Jeffrey Rosen, the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center on Katie Couric's news program focusing on the Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell.

Yahoo! News with Katie Couric

June 25, 2015

SCOTUS upholds the ACA

MSNBC host Al Sharpton interviews Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center and Rep. Jan Schakowsky about why the Supreme Court upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

Politics Nation MSNBC

June 25, 2015

Jeffrey Rosen Interviewed for SCOTUSblog On Camera

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen talks about the Center’s mission to help citizens explore constitutional – rather than political – questions, in an interview series with SCOTUSblog.

June 12, 2015

Analysis Of Oral Arguments In The Case Before The Supreme Court On Same-Sex Marriage

Jeff Rosen joins a panel of experts to discuss Oral Arguments in the Same-Sex Marriage case. Diane Rehm moderates.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU PBS

April 29, 2015

Previewing the Supreme Court oral hearing on same-sex marriage

National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen joins panelists and host Marty Moss-Coane to discuss the Supreme Court's hearing on same-sex marriage.

Radio Times 91 FM PBS

April 28, 2015

New Slate audio service will feature podcasts from the NCC.

The National Constitution Center’s We the People Podcasts, hosted by Jeffrey Rosen, will be featured on Panoply, an innovative, full-service podcast network for media brands, authors, personalities, and premier organizations. Panoply is an audio arm of Slate.


February 25, 2015

Should Justice Ginsburg retire? Debating term limits for the Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 81, the oldest sitting justice and a powerful voice on the bench. Jeffrey Brown gets views from Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California-Irvine and Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center on the political ramifications of a retirement, and the idea of Supreme Court term limits.


October 03, 2014

Jeffrey Rosen interviews Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is an American Hero. She's staying put—and has some choice words for young feminists.

The New Republic

September 29, 2014

At Constitution Center, focus on civil discourse reaping rewards

At a time when public debate over the central constitutional and political issues of the day has devolved into a dispiriting swamp of ad hominem attacks, misleading ad campaigns, and television shouting matches, Jeffrey Rosen says there is a public hunger for civilized, respectful conversation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

September 07, 2014

Jeffrey Rosen explains the House lawsuit against President Obama on WHYY

Can the House of Representatives really sue the president? Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, discussed the political and constitutional stakes on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. WHYY PBS

August 06, 2014

Jeffrey Rosen talks executive orders with Diane Rehm on NPR

Has President Obama gone too far in his use of executive orders? Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, discussed the issue on The Diane Rehm Show.

The Diane Rehm Show National Public Radio

August 05, 2014

How The Supreme Court Changed America This Year

Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center joins other leading legal scholars to review Supreme Court decisions on issues ranging from Obamacare to affirmative action, campaign finance to school prayer.

Politico Magazine

July 02, 2014

Justice John Paul Stevens interviewed by Jeffrey Rosen on C-Span.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens talked about his book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, in which he recommends six ways he believes the U.S. Constitution should be amended. He spoke about reforms to campaign finance, the death penalty, gerrymandering, and the Second Amendment. He was interviewed by Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center.

C-Span Book TV

May 19, 2014

Jeff Rosen Interviews Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Justice Stephen G. Breyer said the other night that there are two preconceived notions about the Supreme Court that he faces each time he speaks at a university or law school.

The Washington Post

April 28, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits on Campaign Contributions

A discussion about the Supreme Court 's decision to strike down overall Limits on campaign contributions on the radio program The Take Away with John Hockenberry

WNYC/Public Radio International/New York Times Radio/WGBH

April 03, 2014

The Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Campaign Contributions

The Supreme Court has struck down overall limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time.

WAMU 88.5 The Diane Rehm Show

April 03, 2014

McCutcheon: Should the rich speak louder?

National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen looks at the arguments made by two powerful voices about the First Amendment, its role in campaign financing, and the constitutional requirement to make government more responsive to all of the people. “The Great Debate” / Opinion

April 03, 2014

How discrimination laws are caught up in the health care and religion debates

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen examines the links between the First Amendment and the Affordable Care Act, and why anti-discrimination laws could go by the wayside as part of a future Supreme Court ruling.

The New Republic

March 25, 2014

Madison’s Privacy Blind Spot


January 18, 2014

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