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Podcast: The Constitution, immigration and executive powers

Louis Fisher from the Constitution Project and Chris Edelson from American University analyze President Obama’s speech and executive orders about immigration, in a detailed conversation with the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen.

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November 21, 2014

The Supreme Court considers racial gerrymandering

Rick Hasen and Roger Clegg join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss one of the biggest Supreme Court cases this term, about the roles of race and party in determining election districts.

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November 13, 2014

Supreme Court ponders passports and Israel

The Supreme Court has heard one of the biggest cases of its term, involving the perceived diplomatic status of Jerusalem and the division of foreign policy powers between Congress and the President. Mike Ramsey from the University of San Diego School of Law and Eugene Kontorovich from Northwestern University School of Law discuss the case with Jeff Rosen.
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November 06, 2014

Jeffrey Rosen answers your Bill of Rights questions

In the newest installment of our Ask Jeff podcast series, the National Constitution Center’s president, Jeffrey Rosen, answers your questions about the Bill of Rights.
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October 24, 2014

The real scoop on “The Roosevelts”

Listen to National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen’s incredible one-hour interview with author Geoffrey Ward, the author of the book on “The Roosevelts” that was featured on PBS.
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October 14, 2014

The Supreme Court tackles prison beards and religious liberty

Howard Friedman from the University of Toledo College of Law and Marci Hamilton from the Cardozo School of Law discuss one of the most interesting cases in front of the Supreme Court this term, which could further define the limits of religious liberty in a secular society.
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October 10, 2014

Eastman and Hasen on the Voting Rights debate

Rick Hasen from the University of California-Irvine and John Eastman from Chapman University break down the biggest issues about voting rights and the Constitution, as the Supreme Court considers one case and more cases are in front of federal judges.

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October 03, 2014

Podcast: 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.

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September 24, 2014

Podcast: Online privacy for public figures in the social media age

Do current laws give public figures and private people adequate protection from online hackers who post content on websites? Our Jeffrey Rosen speaks with Eric Posner and Marc Rotenberg about a very personal topic.

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September 05, 2014

Ask Jeff Rosen, Episode 2: Congress and the Constitution

In our second “Ask Jeff Rosen” podcast, the National Constitution Center 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.

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August 15, 2014

Podcast: Debating two ways of changing Citizens United

Cenk Uygur and Meredith McGehee join the National Constitution Center's Jeffery Rosen for a debate about a constitutional convention versus legislative reform as a way to address campaign finance concerns.

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August 07, 2014

Podcast: Split in Obamacare cases could send them to Supreme Court

Leading experts Michael Cannon and Nicholas Bagley join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the two latest Obamacare cases, Halbig and King, which could be accepted by the Supreme Court in another test of the health-care law.

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July 24, 2014

Podcast: Experts talk about the Founders on a personal level

What were George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and James Madison really like? Four noted authorities discuss these essential Founders in detail, in discussions held at America’s Town Hall at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

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July 10, 2014

The Court’s Hobby Lobby decision

Ilya Shapiro and David H. Gans join Jeffrey Rosen to analyze a big decision about religious rights for corporations.


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June 30, 2014

Podcast: Is teacher tenure unconstitutional?

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by two attorneys involved in the California teacher tenure case to discuss its constitutional implications.

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June 27, 2014

Podcast: Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen explains what happens inside the Supreme Court and the limits of the Court’s powers in a special podcast.

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June 20, 2014

Podcast: Did President Obama violate the Constitution in the Bergdahl case?

Leading experts Eric Posner and Ilya Somin debate if President Barack Obama had a constitutional right to approve U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s recent release from captivity, without notifying Congress.

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June 12, 2014

Podcast: The real purpose of the Second Amendment

What did the Founding Fathers really intend when they crafted the Second Amendment? Two leading experts with opposing views, Michael Waldman and Alan Gura, debate the topic in a spirited discussion with Jeffrey Rosen at the National Constitution Center.

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June 06, 2014

Podcast: Times reporter faces jail for protecting source

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Ted Boutrous and Randall Eliason to discuss reporter James Risen’s failed Supreme Court appeal, and why Risen faces jail for protecting a source.

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June 02, 2014

Podcast: The same-sex marriage decision in Pennsylvania

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen speaks with Mark Aronchick and Greg Randall Lee about the legal ruling that struck down Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban.

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May 23, 2014

Podcast: Brown, the Civil Rights Act and a big anniversary

Three leading scholars recently joined the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss two important Civil Rights anniversaries: the Brown segregation decision and the Civil Rights Act.

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May 17, 2014

Podcast: Explaining Europe’s historic online privacy ruling

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Michael Fertik from Reputation.com and Marc Rotenberg from EPIC to discuss a potentially game changing legal decision from Europe about Google and online privacy.

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May 15, 2014

Podcast: Interview with Justice Stephen Breyer

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen spends 30 minutes with Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, in an interview that ranges from Breyer’s view of the Constitution to the controversial Korematsu case. Recorded: 4/24/2014.

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May 12, 2014

Podcast: Church, State and the Supreme Court

Erwin Chemerinsky from the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Scott Gaylord from Elon University School of Law discuss the long-term impact of the Supreme Court’s public prayer decision on other First Amendment religion cases.


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May 06, 2014

Podcast: P.J. O’Rourke, Ilya Shapiro On Politics and Lies

Satirist P.J. O’Rourke and the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss laws that actually punish people for making false statements during political campaigns.


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April 30, 2014

Podcast: The affirmative action controversy at the Supreme Court

Two leading experts on affirmative action, Bruce Ackerman and Richard Epstein, pick apart the Supreme Court’s Schuette decision, and debate if it is a disaster, unrealistic for colleges, or a game changer in constitutional law.


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April 24, 2014

Podcast: Lessig, Levinson on changing the Constitution

Lawrence Lessig from Harvard and Sanford Levinson from the University of Texas join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss if America needs a second Constitutional convention and what challenges such a meeting would pose.


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April 17, 2014

Podcast: Jeffrey Toobin on The Broken Constitution

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen hosts a wide-ranging discussion with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin about whether or not we should blame the Founding Fathers for the current problems in government. Toobin first talked about this subject in a New Yorker article.



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April 14, 2014

Podcast: Is Barack Obama’s “imperial presidency” constitutional?

Gene Healy from the Cato Institute and Simon Lazarus from the Constitutional Accountability Center debate recent allegations that President Barack Obama has overstepped his constitutional powers as President, in a podcast hosted by the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen.


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April 09, 2014

Podcast: The epic battle for the Civil Rights Act

New York Times editor Clay Risen talks about his newest book, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, at the National Constitution Center with the Center's president, Jeffrey Rosen.


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April 07, 2014

Podcast: Floyd Abrams and Lawrence Lessig on the campaign finance decision

Noted experts Floyd Abrams and Lawrence Lessig join our Jeffrey Rosen to sort out what the McCutcheon case means for the First Amendment and elections in America.


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April 02, 2014

Alan Dershowitz dishes about Hobby Lobby, O.J. Simpson and the Constitution

The legendary and unpredictable Alan Dershowitz spends an hour speaking to a sold-out audience at the National Constitution Center, discussing everything from the Hobby Lobby case, to the O.J. Simpson trial, to the meanest client he ever defended.


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March 30, 2014

Podcast: What are the broader issues in the Hobby Lobby case?

Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and David H. Gans from the Constitutional Accountability Center join Jeffrey Rosen for a spirited podcast discussion about this important Supreme Court decision.


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March 26, 2014

Podcast: Will the New Mexico photography case blow up anti-discrimination laws?

Should a company be allowed to refuse customers because of their sexual orientation? Two leading experts, Michael Dorf and Richard Epstein, debate this very complicated issue in a podcast moderated by Jeffrey Rosen for the National Constitution Center.


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March 24, 2014

Podcast: Is the free press better off 50 years after the Sullivan decision?

On the 50th anniversary of the New York Times v. Sullivan decision, Richard Epstein from the New York University School of Law and Geoffrey Stone from the University of Chicago Law School discuss if the free press is in a better place now, or if the decision needs to be revisited. Hosted by Jeffrey Rosen, CEO and President of the National Constitution Center.


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March 14, 2014

Podcast: Is same-sex marriage heading back to the Supreme Court?

Bruce Ackerman from Yale Law and John C. Eastman from Chapman University School of Law join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen for a podcast discussion about recent same-sex marriage decisions in the lower courts, and the prospect for another historic Supreme Court case in the court’s next term.


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March 07, 2014

Podcast: The Supreme Court and the Right to Bear Arms

Does the Supreme Court need to offer better guidance about the right to carry a handgun outside your home for self-defense reasons? Lawrence E. Rosenthal from Chapman University and Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss this Second Amendment issue.
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February 26, 2014

The Court ponders intellectual disability and capital punishment

National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen joins Kent Scheidegger from the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation and Lee Kovarsky from the University of Maryland School of Law to discuss a significant case involving the Eighth Amendment and capital punishment, which the Supreme Court will hear in March.
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February 18, 2014

Due process, lethal drones and American citizens

How do American citizens, even as enemy combatants, enjoy the constitutional protection of due process in drone attacks? Joining us to discuss this current topic are Jonathan Hafetz from Seton Hall Law and John Yoo from the University of California Berkeley Law School, in a conversation moderated by the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen.
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February 13, 2014

Executive power in a time of war

Chris Edelson of American University and Lou Fisher of the Constitution Project join National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen to examine the constitutional issues about the President's power to take military action without a formal Congressional war declaration.
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February 05, 2014

Podcast: Does the Constitution Speak to Income Inequality?

The topic of income inequality and the Constitution is a hot one in public policy circles. Joining our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the constitutional aspects of the issue are William Forbath from the University of Texas- Austin School of Law and Stephen B. Presser from Northwestern University Law.

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February 05, 2014

The Future of NSA Surveillance

Peter Swire of the White House NSA Review Board, Anita Allen of the University of Pennsylvania, and Charlie Savage of the New York Times join Jeffrey Rosen to discuss government surveillance, past and future.

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February 03, 2014

Net Neutrality and the First Amendment

Tim Wu from Columbia Law and Stuart Benjamin from Duke Law join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen for a fascinating discussion about net neutrality, and the First Amendment issues related to the ability of Internet service providers to block content.

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January 31, 2014

The future of Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act

National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen interviews legal commentator and law professor Jonathan H. Adler and Senior Counsel to Constitutional Accountability Center Simon Lazarus about constitutional controversies surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

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January 23, 2014

Analysis of the NSA, privacy and President Obama’s reforms

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen joins leading privacy experts Peter Swire and Benjamin Wittes to break down President Obama’s speech about NSA reforms and what it really means for Americans.

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January 21, 2014

Podcast: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates discusses new book

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates appears at the National Constitution Center to discuss his new book. (Recorded: 1/17/2014)

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January 20, 2014

A debate over presidential appointment powers

Elizabeth B. Wydra and Michael D. Ramsey join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen for a detailed audio discussion about the limits of presidential power in the Noel Canning case.

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January 14, 2014

Religious liberties for corporations

Do corporations have the same religious liberties as natural people? David Gans of the Constitutional Accountability Center and the CATO Institute’s Ilya Shapiro joined Jeffrey Rosen for a detailed discussion about a hot constitutional issue.

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December 13, 2013

Sorting out the new challenges to Obamacare

As a new year starts in Washington, a different set of challenges could be on the horizon for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Jonathan H. Adler and Simon Lazarus in this extended audio discussion about three different court challenges to Obamacare.

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December 05, 2013

Bobby Jindal on Obama energy policy, Lady Gaga and more

At the National Constitution Center, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal takes issue with the Obama administration’s energy policy, saying that decisions on subjects like fracking aren't based in science and are being influenced by interest groups and celebrities like Yoko Ono and Lady Gaga.

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December 04, 2013

McConnell, Gans on religious rights, the First Amendment and Obamacare

Do corporations have the same religious rights as individuals under the First Amendment when it comes to the Affordable Care Act? Michael McConnell and David H. Gans discuss this far-reaching question with the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen in this special audio podcast.

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November 24, 2013

American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution

Distinguished legal scholar Garrett Epps and SCOTUS blog’s Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser for constitutional literacy, delve into the indelible language of America’s founding document. In his engaging new book, "American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution," Professor Epps provides “an intelligent and provocative tour through the fascinatingly complicated, vitally important blueprint of the United States” (Publishers Weekly). His fresh perspective on the role of the federal government, constitutional loopholes, and even the Preamble are sure to inspire lively debate.

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November 21, 2013

Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address

On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, constitutional scholar and Yale Law professor Akhil Amar, historian and Princeton University professor Sean Wilentz and Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center discuss the constitutional legacy of Lincoln and the address itself. A special guest also takes questions at the program's conclusion.

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November 20, 2013

Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination

Bestselling author and former New York Times reporter Philip Shenon addresses questions about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and more in his newest book, A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination, in this National Constitution Center live program.

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November 20, 2013

The debate over public prayer hits the Supreme Court

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen speaks with three experts who have differing views on legislative prayer: Marci A. Hamilton from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, at Yeshiva University; Steven D. Smith from the University of San Diego School of Law; and Thomas Berg from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) School of Law.

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November 08, 2013

Experts debate the debt ceiling and the 14th amendment

Sean Wilentz, Ilya Shapiro and Neil H. Buchanan join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss one of the most unique topics in constitutional law: the 14th Amendment and the debt ceiling.

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November 01, 2013

Kerr, Rotenberg on NSA domestic surveillance

Orin Kerr of George Washington University and Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen to discuss warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other critical privacy issues in an audio interview.

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October 24, 2013

Affirmative Action: The Schuette Case

Roger Clegg from the Center for Equal Opportunity and Erwin Chemerinsky from the University of California – Irvine, two leading experts on affirmative action, discuss the merits of a high-profile Supreme Court case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

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October 18, 2013

Gans, Shapiro debate the McCutcheon campaign finance case

Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and David H. Gans from the Constitutional Accountability Center sit down with the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to debate key issues in the McCutcheon case about campaign finance.

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October 10, 2013

Coffee and Conversation: Detention, Interrogation, and the Constitution

Join James R. Jones, David R. Irvine, and other distinguished members of The Constitution Project’s bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment along with National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for an in-depth look at America’s pre- and post-9/11 actions related to the capture, detention, and interrogation of suspected terrorists.

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September 24, 2013

Richard Beeman: Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor

Eminent historian Richard Beeman illuminates how America transformed from a colony into a republic and how Americans turned from subjects into citizens through a combination of political maneuvering, intellectual brilliance, and revolutionary documents including the Declaration of Independence. The conversation was moderated by law professor and distinguished legal commentator Jeffrey Rosen, who was recently appointed as the Center's president and CEO.

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June 11, 2013

Equality Forum: Elected LGBT Officials

The National Constitution Center and Equality Forum present recently elected and seasoned LGBT politicians to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and expectations faced by openly gay government officials. Moderated by Jeff Spitko of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute, the panel features Pennsylvania State Representatives Mike Fleck and Brian Sims; Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts; and Mary Washington of the Maryland House of Delegates.

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June 11, 2013

Can We Talk ... About Race?

In the wake of Philadelphia magazine's controversial cover story “Being White in Philly,” the magazine joins the National Constitution Center to present a program about the story and how to foster productive, thoughtful conversations about race-related issues in Philadelphia. Philadelphia magazine editor Tom McGrath moderates a conversation featuring Robert Huber, author of the cover story; Dr. Walter Palmer, lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania; Solomon Jones, best-selling author and award-winning journalist; Farah Jiminez, president and CEO of the People's Emergency Center; and journalist Christopher Norris.

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May 16, 2013

A Nation Divided: The Second Amendment After Newtown

The National Constitution Center and WHYY present a timely town hall discussion about Second Amendment freedoms and the tension between gun control and gun rights in 21st-century America. The conversation features E. Duncan Getchell, solicitor general of Virginia, and R. Seth Williams, district attorney of Philadelphia. Dave Davies, a senior reporter for WHYY and a contributor and guest host for Fresh Air with Terry Gross, moderates.

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May 16, 2013

Gavin Newsom: Government in the Digital Age

Join California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom as he discusses his newly released book, Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government—a guide for how ordinary citizens can use technology and social media to transform American democracy. Renowned as a political, digital, and entrepreneurial pioneer, Lieutenant Governor Newsom served two terms as the youngest mayor of San Francisco—where he granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples and fostered the city’s growth as a center for technology. The conversation will be moderated by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

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April 12, 2013

The 10th Annual Templeton Lecture: The Moral Case for Economic Liberty

On the heels of the final debate of the presidential election, the 10th Annual Templeton Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution delves into the key issue of economic freedom through the lens of Founding Fathers (and authors of The Federalist Papers) Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. This compelling conversation features American Enterprise Institute President Dr. Arthur C. Brooks, author of the New York Times bestseller The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise, and National Review Senior Editor Richard Brookhiser, an eminent historian who will provide expert insight into America’s early economic ideals. The John M. Templeton Jr. Lecture showcases the best constitutional minds in America as they discuss economic liberties in a forum open to the public.

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April 12, 2013

Hail to the Chiefs (of Staff)

Every powerful elected official in America depends on a smart, savvy, and highly skilled chief of staff. Get an insider’s look at campaigns, elections, and the trials of governing at this must-see panel discussion with current and former chiefs of staff including Matthew Gallagher (Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley), Anita McBride (former First Lady Laura Bush) and David Urban (former Senator Arlen Specter). Scott Detrow of NPR’s StateImpact PA project moderates.

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April 12, 2013

Akhil Amar: America’s Unwritten Constitution

Despite its venerated place in American history, the U.S. Constitution may not enumerate all of the various rules, rights, principles, and procedures that guide America's political system. Join renowned constitutional scholar and Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar to explore the little-understood relationship between the written Constitution and the many traditions, practices, standards, and sources that shape our interpretation of it. In his latest book, America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By, Professor Amar illuminates the complementary relationship between the Constitution's written and unwritten components—one of America's greatest and most enduring strengths. Dr. Francis Graham Lee moderates.

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September 21, 2012

Is the World Rejecting American Constitutionalism?

Most Americans revere their Constitution, but what does the rest of the world think? Leading scholars—Professors Richard Beeman, David Law, Akhil Amar, and David Armitage—participate in a timely discussion on the global influence and relevance of the U.S. Constitution.

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September 20, 2012

Robert Draper: Inside the 112th Congress

Celebrated journalist and bestselling author Robert Draper joins the Center for a revealing, riveting look inside the 112th Congress, the focus of his forthcoming book Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives. Paul Kane of The Washington Post moderates this timely conversation.

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May 14, 2012

Equality Forum: LGBT Rights and the 2012 Election—PART 2

In partnership with Equality Forum, the National Constitution Center hosted two compelling, back-to-back conversations exploring the pressing legal and political issues at stake for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in the 2012 election. The second session analyzed the political landscape as it relates to LGBT civil rights. What are the key races and who are the candidates to watch? Will LGBT rights divide our political parties in the future? This conversation was moderated by Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and features Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, Patrick Guerriero of Civitas Public Affairs Group, and Rebecca Isaacs, executive director of Equality Federation.

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May 04, 2012

Equality Forum: LGBT Rights and the 2012 Election—PART 1

In partnership with Equality Forum, the National Constitution Center hosted two compelling, back-to-back conversations exploring the pressing legal and political issues at stake for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in the 2012 election. In the first session, speakers addressed the political fate of Prop 8; the Defense of Marriage Act; the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA); and how the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” impacted the LGBT community. The conversation was moderated by Jennifer C. Pizer, legal director for the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law, and features William Eskridge of Yale University, Katherine Franke of Columbia University, Hayley Gorenberg of Lambda Legal, and Janson Wu of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.

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May 04, 2012

Amy Gutmann and Dennis F. Thompson: The Spirit of Compromise

Will members of Congress change their minds about compromise, or do voters need to change the members of Congress? Eminent political thinkers Amy Gutmann and Dennis F. Thompson speak with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell about their forthcoming book The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, which explores whether government leaders can overcome partisan divides for the benefit of all citizens.

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May 02, 2012

Social Media: The New Political Battleground

The 2012 presidential race is arguably the first to fully reflect a major political shift to the digital world. Will candidates who don’t show up on this digital playing field be left in the dust? Political strategists and social media/technology experts Maria Cardona, Andrew Rasiej, Daniel Sieberg, Alex Torpey, and Todd Van Etten take a hard look at the role of social media and its impact on the 2012 presidential campaign. Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post moderates.

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April 19, 2012

Joseph J. Ellis on the First Family: Abigail and John Adams

Joseph J. Ellis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation and His Excellency: George Washington, discusses his latest book, First Family: Abigail and John Adams. Ellis brings America’s preeminent first couple to life and illuminates their unique partnership during the American Revolution and the nation’s tenuous early years. Dr. Richard R. Beeman moderates.

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April 12, 2012

Left and Right: Rendell and Whitman on Election 2012

In the midst of the 2012 presidential race, former Governors Ed Rendell and Christine Todd Whitman offer contrasting perspectives and firsthand knowledge of the election’s key players and issues, from immigration to the economy. With only two weeks before Pennsylvanians vote, Rendell and Whitman shared their opinions on the caucus and primary system and how it is working for their respective states. David Eisner, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

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April 09, 2012

A Conversation with Senator Arlen Specter

Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter shares insights from his compelling new memoir, Life Among the Cannibals, and provides an insider's look at the growing partisan divide in Washington and on the campaign trail. Mike Castle, former member of Congress and governor of Delaware, moderates.

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April 02, 2012

Practically Speaking: Transportation in a Time of Political Gridlock

The budget crisis and ongoing policy debates in Washington, D.C., have a profound impact on state and local governments and citizens. In this climate of gridlock and partisanship, how do politicians and policy experts create and implement a transportation strategy for the 21st century? Practically speaking, it’s a matter of federalism. Joining the Center for this conversation are Peter J. “Jack” Basso, chief operating officer of AASHTO; Joshua L. Schank, president and CEO of Eno Transportation Foundation; James S. Simpson, chairman of NJ TRANSIT; and Martin Wachs, senior principal researcher at RAND. David Thornburgh, executive director of the Fels Institute of Government, moderates.

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February 14, 2012

Election 2012: Tax Reform

With the American economy still struggling and taxpayers in the toughest position in generations, taxes and tax reform is one of the key issues in the 2012 presidential election. What will work and what won’t—voters need to be informed to decide. Rich Lowrie, who served as Herman Cain’s economic advisor during his recent White House bid and was co-author of the controversial 9-9-9 plan, joins White House veteran Bruce Bartlett and economics professor Rosanne Altshuler for a lively and important conversation. David Eisner, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderated this program on February 7, 2012.

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February 07, 2012

Cullen Murphy: God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

Vanity Fair editor Cullen Murphy discusses his new book, God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World, taking us from the musty Vatican archives to the detention cells of Guantanamo; from the heretical fortresses of medieval France to the burning of books in modern Florida; from the torture chambers of the Spanish Inquisition to the file cabinets of the East German secret police; and from the streets of colonial Santa Fe to the inner sanctums of the White House. Murphy argues that when you look at the Inquisition, what you really see is the beginning of the struggle for freedom in the modern world. James B. Steele, contributing editor for Vanity Fair, facilitated this discussion on January 24, 2012.

February 06, 2012

What Would the Founding Fathers Think of Facebook?

Privacy expert and author Lori Andrews, Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill, and New York Times reporter Jennifer Preston join the National Constitution Center to speak about how the Founding Fathers might have handled online social networks. What would happen if social networking sites were subject to the Bill of Rights? With 750,000,000 members, Facebook is the third largest nation in the world; should it have a Constitution? If so, what rights and responsibilities should be included? Christopher Wink, co-founder of Technically Philly, moderates this discussion from January 12, 2012.

January 25, 2012

Jodi Kantor: The Obamas

In her highly anticipated book, The Obamas, New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor provides an insider’s perspective on Barack and Michelle Obamas' experiences as president and first lady -- raising children, maintaining friendships and being the first African-American “first couple” to occupy the White House. Filled with riveting detail, humor, emotional and psychological depth, and keen insights on the ironies of public life, The Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they understood America’s most famous pair. Alison Young, Vice President of Public Engagement at the National Constitution Center, facilitates the discussion which took place on January 18, 2012.

January 04, 2012

Chris Matthews on Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

MSNBC's Hardball host and bestselling author Chris Matthews joins nationally syndicated radio host Michael Smerconish in conversation about his new book, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. By following the journey of President Kennedy’s life from his school days to the White House, through his toughest trials and greatest triumphs, Matthews brings us much closer to the man Kennedy really was. Program recorded on 11/3/11.

November 14, 2011

Tony Horwitz: Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War

In his latest book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, bestselling author Tony Horwitz explores the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to civil war. In this discussion Horwitz shares Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict. Judith Giesberg, Associate Professor of History at Villanova University, facilitates the conversation. Program recorded on 11/3/11.

November 06, 2011

The Supreme Court’s Upcoming Milestone Term

The current term of the U.S. Supreme Court, which opened Monday, October 3, is expected by many observers to be the most challenging in years. Lyle Denniston, veteran Supreme Court correspondent and the Center’s Advisor on Constitutional Literacy, and John Payton, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, discuss the controversies already on the docket. Program recorded on 09/29/11.

October 18, 2011

Richard Brookhiser: James Madison

James Madison led one of the most influential and prolific lives in American history. Although often overshadowed by his more celebrated contemporaries, Madison helped to shape our country as perhaps no other Founder did. Eminent historian Richard Brookhiser joins Michael C. Quinn, president of the Montpelier Foundation, to discuss his newly released book about the “Father of the Constitution,” an accomplished yet humble statesman who nourished Americans’ fledgling liberty and vigorously defended the laws that have preserved it to this day. This program is presented in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier. Program recorded on 10/11/11.

October 13, 2011

Dana Priest: Top Secret America

Award-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest joins the Center to discuss her new book, Top Secret America, and the size, shape, mission and consequences of the universe of over 1,300 government facilities in every state in America; nearly 2,000 outside companies used as contractors; and more than 850,000 people granted "Top Secret" security clearance in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Program recorded on 9/12/11.

October 11, 2011

A Conversation with Robert M. Gates

In a special program at the National Constitution Center, featuring questions from a live audience and those submitted via Twitter, 2011 Liberty Medal recipient and former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spoke about a range of subjects–from the future of the military, to the status of Middle East diplomacy, to the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t tell policy. The conversation with Dr. Gates, which took place before an invited audience that includes ROTC cadets from St. Joseph’s University and the University of Pennsylvania, was moderated by David Eisner, President & CEO of the Center. Program recorded on 9/22/11.

October 02, 2011

Cradle of Liberty

As the birthplace of America, and the city where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution came to life, Philadelphia has a longstanding legacy of liberty. This program, presented in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable, invites public participation in considering Philadelphia's history and experiences as a "Cradle of Liberty." Moderated by Richard Beeman of the University of Pennsylvania, this program features Gary Nash of the University of California, Los Angeles; Michael Coard of Avenging the Ancestors Coalition; and Richard Newman of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Friends of Independence and Avenging the Ancestors Coalition co-sponsored this event. Program recorded on 6/23/11.

July 28, 2011

Supreme Court Term in Review

As the Supreme Court of the United States concluded its 2010-2011 session, the National Constitution Center welcomed veteran Supreme Court correspondent Lyle Denniston to give a lunchtime talk about the most significant rulings of the term and how these decisions impact the lives of Americans. He also analyzed how the Court's new justices have changed the institution. Program recorded on 7/6/11.

July 11, 2011

9th Annual Templeton Lecture: Competition and the Constitution

The Ninth Annual John M. Templeton, Jr. Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution considers how the Constitution addresses government regulation and relies on competition as a method of political organization. Keynote speaker Christopher DeMuth, D.C. Searle Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, explores the laws and regulations that can inhibit economic liberty and examine the boundaries between the Constitution’s explicit and implicit guarantees of competition, which have been contested throughout our political history. Michael L. Wachter, William B. Johnson Professor of Law and Economics and Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, provides the response to Mr. DeMuth's presentation. Daniel Gross, economics editor and columnist at Yahoo! Finance, facilitated the conversation. Program recorded on 6/16/11.

June 26, 2011

Transparency and Open Government

Thomas E. Mills, Acting Deputy Archivist of the United States, joins The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bill Marimow for a conversation about issues of government transparency, state secrets, classification and access to government documents and information. How transparent should government be? Can there be limits in our democracy on citizens’ right to information? Is access to information a right? What can citizens do to make the government more open with its information and resources? Program recorded on 5/3/11.

June 07, 2011

1861: The Civil War Awakening

1861: The Civil War Awakening, Adam Goodheart’s new book, is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Marking the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War, Goodheart joined the Center to share the gripping account of how the Civil War began. Dr. Richard R. Beeman, the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, facilitated the conversation. Program recorded on 4/13/11.

May 23, 2011

What Is National Security?

Is there a conflict between national security and civil liberties? Fox 29’s Vice President and General Manager Patrick Paolini moderates a discussion on the challenge of securing our nation while maintaining our constitutional balance in times of crisis. Former National Security Advisor and National Constitution Center Visiting Scholar Richard Allen and University of Pennsylvania Law professor Deborah Pearlstein share their experience. This program is a special presentation in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and in conjunction with the Center's exhibition, Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America. Program recorded on 5/09/11.

May 17, 2011

Can We Talk? A Conversation About Civility and Democracy in America

Former U.S. Representative Lee H. Hamilton (D-IN), John G. Palfrey, Jr., Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School, and Keli A. Carender, political activist and blogger credited with starting the Tea Party movement, discuss the future of civility in our democracy in the midst of our nation's ongoing debate about the inflamed state of political discourse. This program is presented as part of “Can We Talk? A Conversation about Civility and Democracy in America,” partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures program. Program recorded on 3/26/11.

May 11, 2011

Prohibition

The National Constitution Center and PBS hosted an advanced look at the upcoming documentary film, “Prohibition,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, scheduled to air on PBS this coming fall. The screening of highlights from the film and audience Q&A represented the opening event of “Can We Talk? A Conversation about Civility and Democracy in America” that took place at the Center March 25 through March 27, 2011 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Program recorded on 3/25/11.

May 08, 2011

Encore: How Your Next Career Can Change the World

More and more, Americans are driven to careers that connect us to the social challenges of our time. How are we shifting from jobs to “encore careers” that embrace civic engagement? Renowned social entrepreneur Marc Freedman addresses these issues as he kicks off his book tour at the Center in support of The Big Shift. In a conversation with National Constitution Center President and CEO David Eisner, Freedman discusses the challenge of transitioning to and making the most of this new stage, which he believes is an urgent social imperative. He urges people to rethink their civic connections and to do work that matters, helping Americans realize the vision of the founders – an engaged citizenry. Program recorded on 4/5/11.

May 01, 2011

Putting the 14th Amendment to the Test

Putting the 14th Amendment to the Test explores whether the language of the 14th Amendment should be modified, left in its present state, or reinterpreted to deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. Jeff Greenfield, senior political correspondent for CBS News, moderates this timely program addressing the issue of immigration reform and birthright citizenship with Fellows of the Peter Jennings Project and distinguished guests John C. Eastman, Daryl Metcalfe, Jorge Mursuli, Marjorie Rendell, and Cecillia Wang. Program recorded on 3/5/11.

March 10, 2011

Call to Action: A Congressional Town Hall Meeting

WPHT Talk Radio 1210 AM’s Dom Giordano and National Constitution Center President and CEO David Eisner hosted this live, public forum on the priorities for the 112th Congress with members of the U.S. House Chaka Fattah (D-PA/2), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA/8), Jim Gerlach (R-PA/6), Pat Meehan (R-PA/7) and John Runyan (R-NJ/3). Program recorded on 2/21/11.

March 06, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld: Known and Unknown

Marking the first stop on his highly-anticipated national book tour, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld joins the National Constitution Center for a conversation with historian Michael Beschloss about previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The discussion also draws on the themes from Rumsfeld's new memoir which chronicles his long career in public service, including his four terms in Congress and his service in the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. Program recorded on 2/09/11.

February 10, 2011