Podcasts

Should we abolish the Electoral College?

Alex Keyssar of Harvard University and James Ceaser of the University of Virginia explore the history and purpose of the Electoral College.

December 01, 2016

The state of campus free speech

Scholars and activists explore the future of free expression on university campuses.

November 24, 2016

Donald Trump and the Supreme Court

Dahlia Lithwick of Slate and Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University explain how new appointments to the Court could change constitutional law.

November 17, 2016

Looking ahead to the Trump presidency

Michael Dorf of Cornell University and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute discuss how the Constitution will restrain or empower the new President.

November 10, 2016

The Fourteenth Amendment and equality under the law

Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Earl Maltz of Rutgers University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach abortion, same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and more.

November 03, 2016

The Fourth Amendment and civil liberties

Tracey Meares of Yale University and John Stinneford of the University of Florida explore how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach policing and privacy.

October 27, 2016

The Second Amendment and gun rights

Joseph Blocher of Duke University and attorney Alan Gura discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may enforce or undermine the right to bear arms.

October 20, 2016

The First Amendment and the freedom of expression

Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine, and Bradley Smith of Capital University explore how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may protect or threaten the freedoms of speech and press.

October 13, 2016

Article III and the future of the Supreme Court

Daniel Farber of the University of California, Berkeley, and Barry McDonald of Pepperdine University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would appoint judges and shape constitutional law.

October 06, 2016

What to expect at the Supreme Court this year

John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation and Michele Jawando of the Center for American Progress discuss recent news from the high court and cases to watch in the new term.

September 29, 2016

Timothy Garton Ash: Ten Free Speech Principles for a Connected World

Guardian columnist and political scholar Timothy Garton Ash discusses the state of free speech in America and around the world. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

September 27, 2016

Article V and constitutional change

Michael Rappaport of the University of San Diego and David Strauss of the University of Chicago discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could change the Constitution.

September 22, 2016

The Nixon Court and the Rise of Judicial Conservatism

Former Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Linda Greenhouse and Rutgers law professor Earl Maltz discuss the Supreme Court in the 1970s and the decisions that still influence constitutional law today. Tom Donnelly, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

September 21, 2016

Mark Thompson: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?

Mark Thompson, CEO of the New York Times Company, examines the state of our public discourse and the importance of language in shaping democratic deliberation. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

September 16, 2016

Article II and the powers of the President

Michael Ramsey of the University of San Diego and Christopher Schroeder of Duke University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump understand the powers of the office they seek.

September 15, 2016

The Constitution at Guantánamo Bay

John Yoo of the University of California, Berkeley, and Karen Greenberg of Fordham University discuss the legal status of detainees and prospects for the prison’s closure.

September 08, 2016

Alberto Gonzales: 9/11 from Inside the White House

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales shares stories from his time in the George W. Bush administration and tackles current topics in the news. Chris Stigall, host of the weekday morning show on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, moderates.

September 08, 2016

America’s biggest constitutional crises

Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University, Sean Wilentz of Princeton University, and political journalist Sidney Blumenthal discuss how Presidents steer the nation through troubled times.

September 01, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about constitutional interpretation

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers your questions about progressive originalism, Justice Clarence Thomas, the Civil War, and more.

August 25, 2016

The history and meaning of the 19th Amendment

Gretchen Ritter of Cornell University and Susan Ware explore the history of women’s rights and the fight to extend voting rights to all women.

August 18, 2016

Voting rights in the courts

Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice explore recent court rulings on the right to vote in America.

August 11, 2016

The presidency of George Washington

Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University, Edward Larson of Pepperdine University, and Douglas Bradburn of Washington’s Mount Vernon explore the constitutional legacy of our nation’s first President.

August 04, 2016

A constitutional history of the Democratic Party

Political journalist Sidney Blumenthal, Sean Wilentz of Princeton University, and William Forbath of the University of Texas explore the history of Democrats through a constitutional lens. Download this episode (right click and save)

July 28, 2016

The Future of the Constitution: The View from Congress

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chris Coons of Delaware explore the constitutional issues facing America during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

July 25, 2016

America’s Biggest Constitutional Crises: A View from the Presidency

In a special program at Congress Hall during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, top presidential historians look back at how America’s past presidents have confronted the nation’s gravest constitutional crises. The participants are Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University, Sean Wilentz of Princeton University, and political journalist Sidney Blumenthal. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

July 25, 2016

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. Download this episode (right click and save)

July 21, 2016

Political parties and the Constitution

James Ceaser of the University of Virginia and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer of Indiana University discuss the role of parties in the American constitutional system. Download this episode (right click and save)

July 14, 2016

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. Download this episode (right click and save)

July 07, 2016

2016 Supreme Court Review

Legal scholars and advocates reflect on the Supreme Court’s 2015-2016 term. The participants are Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine, Frederick Lawrence of Yale University, and Dahlia Lithwick of Slate. Lauren Jones, Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League, moderates. This program is presented in partnership with the ADL. Download this episode (right click and save)

July 06, 2016

2016 Supreme Court Review

Legal scholars and advocates reflect on the Supreme Court’s 2015-2016 term. The participants are Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine, Frederick Lawrence of Yale University, and Dahlia Lithwick of Slate. Lauren Jones, Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League, moderates. This program is presented in partnership with the ADL.

July 06, 2016

Making sense of an unpredictable year at the Supreme Court

Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and Michael Dorf of Cornell Law School explore the biggest cases and trends at the Supreme Court this year. Download this episode (right click and save)

June 30, 2016

Abortion and the Constitution: What You Need to Know

Legal scholars and advocates explain what the Constitution says about abortion. The participants are Clarke Forsythe, senior counsel for Americans United for Life; Mary Ziegler, legal historian at Florida State University and author of After Roe; and Kathyrn Kolbert, professor of political science at Barnard College who argued on behalf of the petitioners in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

June 27, 2016

The Orlando shooting and the Constitution

Adam Winkler of the University of California, Los Angeles and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute explore the constitutional debates over gun control and immigration policy. Download this episode (right click and save)

June 23, 2016

What Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Law

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, director Barry Edelstein of The Old Globe delves into the Bard’s greatest plays to address the broad question of what Shakespeare can teach us about justice. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

June 23, 2016

Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the First Amendment

Jane Kirtley of the University of Minnesota and Amy Gajda of Tulane University examine the tension between press freedom and privacy. Download this episode (right click and save)

June 16, 2016

Jim Obergefell & Debbie Cenziper: The Story of Obergefell v. Hodges

Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, and investigative journalist Debbie Cenziper of The Washington Post provide a behind-the-scenes look inside the landmark Supreme Court case that extended the right to marry to same-sex couples. Carrie Johnson, Justice correspondent for NPR, moderates.

June 16, 2016

Cass Sunstein: The World According to Star Wars

Legal scholar and former White House advisor Cass Sunstein explores the Star Wars franchise as it relates to rebellions, constitutional law, presidential elections, and more. Tom Donnelly, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

June 13, 2016

Hamilton, the man and the musical

Annette Gordon-Reed and Michael Klarman of Harvard Law School discuss Alexander Hamilton's constitutional legacy and the Broadway musical that bears his name. Download this episode (right click and save)

June 09, 2016

Has the President Usurped Congressional Power?

As part of Intelligence Squared U.S., legal scholars and advocates debate whether President Barack Obama has usurped Congress’ constitutional powers. Michael McConnell, director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center and professor at Stanford Law School, and Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, argue for the motion. Adam Cox, professor at the New York University School of Law, and Eric Posner, professor at the University of Chicago Law School, argue against the motion. ABC News correspondent John Donvan moderates.

June 08, 2016

Sidney Blumenthal & Sean Wilentz: The Hidden History of American Politics

Former political aide Sidney Blumenthal and prominent historian Sean Wilentz explore the history of party politics in the United States. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

June 06, 2016

The life and legacy of Justice Louis Brandeis

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is joined by Melvin Urofsky and Philippa Strum to discuss his new biography of the great Justice. Download this episode (right click and save)

June 02, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen: Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet

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 unveil his new biography of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

June 01, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen answers your questions about the Constitution

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers questions about originalism, presidential primaries, Harvard final clubs, and more. Download this episode (right click and save)

May 27, 2016

The Next Supreme Court Confirmation Battle

Legal scholars discuss the history of Supreme Court nominations and whether or not the Senate should hold hearings for Judge Merrick Garland. The participants are Judge Timothy Lewis of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina and National Constitution Center, and David Strauss of the University of Chicago. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

May 26, 2016

Felons and the right to vote

Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity and Erika Wood of New York Law School debate whether voting rights should be restored for people with past criminal convictions. Download this episode (right click and save)

May 19, 2016

Diane Rehm: Do Americans Have a Right to Die?

At the Sara Delano Roosevelt Memorial House in New York, NY, NPR host Diane Rehm discusses her new book, On My Own, about how the death of her husband inspired her to take up a controversial cause: the right to die in America. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

May 19, 2016

The Presidents and the Constitution: A Living History

Scholars explain how Presidents have confronted and shaped the Constitution throughout U.S. history. The participants are Ken Gormley of Duquesne University, Barbara Perry of the University of Virginia, and Kenneth W. Starr of Baylor University. Michael Gerhardt, professor of constitutional law at the University of North Carolina and scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

May 16, 2016

Marijuana and the Constitution

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. Download this episode (right click and save)

May 12, 2016

Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis: Japanese-American Internment and America Today

Legal scholar Kermit Roosevelt is joined by Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, to discuss his new novel, Allegiance, about Japanese internment during World War II. Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, moderates.

May 12, 2016

The History and Legacy of the 14th Amendment, Part II

In the second part of a two-part program commemorating the history and legacy of the 14th Amendment, federal judges discuss how they apply the amendment in their courtrooms, and whether or not the promise of the amendment has been fulfilled. The participants are Judges Janice Rogers Brown of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Bernice Donald of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Theodore McKee of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

May 10, 2016

The History and Legacy of the 14th Amendment, Part I

In the first part of a two-part program commemorating the history and legacy of the 14th Amendment, scholars discuss the drafting of the amendment and its application over time. The participants are Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College, Gerard Magliocca of Indiana University and Theodore Shaw of the University of North Carolina. Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, moderates.

May 10, 2016

Debating the laws regulating bathroom use and gender

Joshua Block from the ACLU and Matthew Sharp from the Alliance Defending Freedom take a closer look at the debate over laws regulating bathroom use for transgender Americans. Download this episode (right click and save)

May 05, 2016

Does the University of Texas’s Use of Racial Preferences Violate the Constitution?

In a special program held at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas, the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society come together to debate affirmative action in college admissions. The participants are Elise Boddie, Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and Gail Heriot, University of San Diego Law School. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

May 05, 2016

The Constitutional Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

Three former law clerks to Justice Antonin Scalia—Steven Calabresi of Northwestern University, Lee Otis of the Federalist Society, and Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond—and Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a former law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer, examine the constitutional legacy of the late Justice Scalia. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

May 02, 2016

Bob McDonnell, public corruption, and the Supreme Court

Noah Bookbinder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Judge Nancy Gertner of Harvard Law School discuss McDonnell v. United States. Download this episode (right click and save)

April 28, 2016

Randy Barnett: Our Republican Constitution

Renowned legal scholar Randy Barnett is joined by constitutional scholar Gillian Metzger to discuss Barnett's new book on the debate over how to define "We the People" and what it says about the meaning of the Constitution. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

April 26, 2016

Honorary Congressional Scholars Program Launch

Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mike Lee (R-UT) launch the National Constitution Center’s inaugural Honorary Congressional Visiting Scholars program with a constitutional conversation at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the Center, moderates.

April 25, 2016

Is President Obama’s immigration policy against the law?

Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law and Cristina Rodriguez of Yale Law School review the issues and oral arguments in United States v. Texas. Download this episode (right click and save)

April 21, 2016

James Traub: The Militant Spirit of John Quincy Adams

Journalist and foreign policy expert James Traub unveils his essential biography on the life and complex political career of America’s sixth president—from his upbringing as the son of Founding Father John Adams to his death on the floor of the House of Representatives. Michael Gerhardt, professor of constitutional law at the University of North Carolina and scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

April 21, 2016

David Cole: How Citizen Activists Can Make Constitutional Law

Who makes our most fundamental laws? Many would answer the Supreme Court, but award-winning legal scholar David Cole disagrees. Cole sheds light on a vital, yet often overlooked, driver of constitutional change: ordinary citizens. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

April 18, 2016

The future of free speech at the Supreme Court

Adam Liptak of The New York Times and Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago discuss the future of free speech in a special Freedom Day episode. Download this episode (right click and save)

April 14, 2016

Fergus Bordewich: How Madison, Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

Prize-winning author and historian Fergus Bordewich tells the dramatic story of the two remarkable years when Washington, Madison, and their dedicated colleagues struggled to successfully create our government, an achievement that has lasted to the present day. Tom Donnelly, former Message Director and Counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, moderates.

April 14, 2016

Freedom Day, Part IV

In the final part of Freedom Day 2016, “patriotic philanthropist” David Rubenstein explains what America’s founding documents can teach us about freedom in a conversation with National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.

April 13, 2016

Freedom Day, Part III

In the third part of Freedom Day 2016, legal experts and commentators discuss free speech on college campuses and whether that speech has been restricted by protesters and school administrators. The participants are Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education; Catherine Ross of George Washington University; and Brendan O'Neill of Spiked. Frederick Lawrence, Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School, moderates.

April 13, 2016

Freedom Day, Part II

In the second part of Freedom Day 2016, Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, explores the future of free speech at the Court in a conversation with National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.

April 13, 2016

Freedom Day, Part I

In the first part of Freedom Day 2016, legal experts discuss free speech online and whether that speech can be restricted to combat terrorism. The participants are Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago; Monika Bickert of Facebook; and Eric Posner of the University of Chicago. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

April 13, 2016

The History and Future of the Criminal Justice Act

Top scholars and judges come together to discuss one of the most significant pieces of legislation concerning the federal criminal justice system, the Criminal Justice Act, establishing the right to counsel in federal court under the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment. Participants include Hon. Kathleen Cardone, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; Dr. Robert E. Rucker, Assistant Circuit Executive for Court Policy and Research for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and Katherian Roe, Federal Public Defender for the District of Minnesota. Leigh Skipper, Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, moderates.

April 11, 2016

Does the Senate have a duty to hold hearings on Supreme Court nominees?

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. Download this episode (right click and save)

April 07, 2016

Jacob Weisberg: The Legacy of Ronald Reagan

Political journalist Jacob Weisberg provides a bracing portrait of America’s 40th president, offering a fresh psychological interpretation on the conservative icon who reshaped American politics and laid the groundwork for the end of the Cold War. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

April 04, 2016

Religious liberty and the Obamacare contraceptive mandate

Greg Lipper of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Michael Moreland of Villanova University debate one of the most important Supreme Court cases of the term. Download this episode (right click and save)

March 31, 2016

Privacy and Policing

As part of the Center’s ongoing effort to host constitutional conversations on policing in a free society, national experts Barry Friedman, Tracey Meares, and former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey come together for an important discussion about the future of policing. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. This program is presented in partnership with the American Law Institute's Commission on Policing and Technology.

March 31, 2016

College Athletes’ Rights in the 21st Century, Part III

In the final part of a three-part program on the rights of college athletes, top scholars and athletes discuss what's ahead for college athletics in the 21st century. Participants include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch; Kain Colter of the College Athletes Players Association; Billy Hawkins of the University of Georgia; and Ramogi Huma of the National College Players Association & CAPA. The moderator is Kevin Blackistone of ESPN. This program was presented as part of Drexel University’s College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment Conference.

March 24, 2016

College Athletes’ Rights in the 21st Century, Part II

In the second part of a three-part program on the rights of college athletes, Dr. Harry Edwards, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and consultant to the San Francisco 49ers, makes the case for treating athletes' rights as civil rights. This program was presented as part of Drexel University’s College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment Conference.

March 24, 2016

College Athletes’ Rights in the 21st Century, Part I

In the first part of a three-part program on the rights of college athletes, Joe Nocera, former columnist at The New York Times, delivers a keynote lecture on the history of the NCAA. This program was presented as part of Drexel University’s College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment Conference.

March 24, 2016

For Debate: Was Vergara Wrongly Decided?

In a special Town Hall in San Francisco, California, James Finberg of Altshuler Berzon and Joshua Lipshutz of Gibson Dunn—two attorneys involved in Vergara v. California, a landmark dispute over the legality of teacher retention policies—debate the merits and drawbacks of the controversial case making its way through the California courts. Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center president and CEO, moderates.

March 16, 2016

In Apple v. FBI, who should win?

Joseph DeMarco of DeVore & DeMarco LLP and David Greene of the Electronic Frontier Foundation debate whether Apple must assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone used in the San Bernadino attack. Download this episode (right click and save)

March 11, 2016

Joel Klein: The 13th Annual John M. Templeton, Jr. Lecture

In the 13th Annual John M. Templeton, Jr. Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution, former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein explores the problems plaguing public education and offers a blueprint for how they can be solved. Jason Riley, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, moderates a conversation after the lecture.

March 10, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen speaks at the Supreme Court on John Marshall

On March 9, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen spoke at the Supreme Court in a special event honoring “the Great Chief Justice,” John Marshall.

March 09, 2016

The Texas abortion case at the Supreme Court

Clarke Forsythe from Americans United For Life and Mary Ziegler from the Florida State University College of Law join us to discuss the major abortion case heard by the Supreme Court this week.

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March 03, 2016

The 14th Amendment and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Judge James Wynn of the Fourth Circuit and Chief Judge Theodore McKee of the Third Circuit discuss the meaning of the 14th Amendment and the impact of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Download this episode (right click and save)

February 25, 2016

Persuading the People: Presidential Primaries and Political Spin

Communications scholar Geoffrey Cowan and presidential historian David Greenberg offer a behind-the-scenes look at the history and influence of the presidential campaign—from Theodore Roosevelt and the first presidential primary to today. Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center president and CEO, moderates.

February 25, 2016

The life and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

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. Download this episode (right click and save)

February 18, 2016

Voting in America: How Campaign Finance and Election Laws Threaten Democracy

Leading election law scholars Edward B. Foley and Richard L. Hasen offer their critical take on how the structure of the American political system came to be. Judge Jeremy Fogel, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Director of the Federal Judicial Center, moderates.

February 18, 2016

Has the President Gone Too Far on Immigration?

After the House declined to pass a Senate immigration bill, President Obama used his executive authority to defer the deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Is the President’s policy unconstitutional? Join us for this debate featuring celebrated constitutional scholars Josh Blackman, Adam Cox, Cristina Rodriguez, and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz. Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center president and CEO, moderates.

February 16, 2016

The Constitution in the 2016 presidential primaries

Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Michael Dorf of Cornell University Law School discuss hot topics on the campaign trail, including citizenship, immigration, and gun control. Download this episode (right click and save)

February 11, 2016

Presidential Campaigns: 1788 to Present

Top presidential historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Geoffrey Ward talk about the history of presidential campaigning, what we can learn from past elections, and their take on the current state of our presidential electoral process. Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center president and CEO, moderates.

February 11, 2016

Liberty’s Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State

Dean Reuter of the Federalist Society and John Yoo, legal scholar and former Justice Department official, are joined by former White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray and Center for Equal Opportunity President Linda Chavez to discuss why the concentration of power in administrative agencies may be the greatest threat to our liberties today. Daniel Austin Green, Director of Individual Freedom and Free Markets at the John Templeton Foundation, moderates.

February 08, 2016

The 15th Amendment and the right to vote

Richard Pildes of the New York University School of Law and Bradley Smith of the Capital University Law School discuss the history and meaning of the last Reconstruction Amendment. Download this episode (right click and save)

February 04, 2016

Judge Guido Calabresi: The Future of Law and Economics

Acclaimed legal scholar and judge, Guido Calabresi discusses his new book, The Future of Law and Economics: Essays in Reform and Recollection. Michael J. Gerhardt, professor of constitutional law at the University of North Carolina School of Law and the National Constitution Center’s scholar-in-residence, moderates.

February 01, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers listener questions about natural-born citizenship, gun rights, same-sex marriage, and more. Download this episode (right click and save)

January 28, 2016

What’s next for free speech?

Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School and Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law dissect the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment and explore current debates over its meaning. Download this episode (right click and save)

January 21, 2016

Robert M. Gates: Lessons on Leadership from 50 Years of Public Service

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates returns to the National Constitution Center to discuss his new book, A Passion for Leadership—an urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how smart leadership can affect real improvement. Barbara Starr, Pentagon correspondent for CNN, moderates.

January 21, 2016

Public unions and free speech at the Supreme Court

Catherine Fisk of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and David Forte of the Cleveland State University Marshall College of Law break down the constitutional issues in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and predict how the Court will rule. Download this episode (right click and save)

January 14, 2016

Have we lost our First Amendment rights of assembly and petition?

Burt Neuborne of the New York University School of Law and John Inazu of the Washington University School of Law reveal the history and power of the First Amendment's Assembly and Petition Clauses. Download this episode (right click and save)

January 07, 2016

Dissent and the Supreme Court

Revered judicial authority Melvin Urofsky talks about his new book on the history of dissent at the Supreme Court and its role in the nation's constitutional dialogue. Download this episode (right click and save)

December 30, 2015

The life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush

Presidential historian Jon Meacham joins The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza to discuss his blockbuster new biography of George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st President and a former chairman of the National Constitution Center. Download this episode (right click and save)

December 23, 2015

The history and meaning of the Establishment Clause

Marci Hamilton and Michael McConnell join National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen to explore the application of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause during the holiday season.

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December 17, 2015

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Part IV

In the final part of the Center's 2015 Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Sanford Levinson of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, one of America’s most distinguished constitutional scholars, uses the lens of the Federalist Papers to examine 21st-century issues. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the Center, moderates.

December 15, 2015

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Part III

In the third part of the Center's 2015 Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, revered judicial authority Melvin Urofsky of Virginia Commonwealth University looks at the history of dissent at the Supreme Court. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the Center, moderates.

December 15, 2015

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Part II

In the second part of the Center's 2015 Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, law professor and distinguished scholar Mary Sarah Bilder of Boston College Law School offers new evidence and analysis of James Madison’s notes on the Constitutional Convention. Michael J. Gerhardt, professor of law at the University of North Carolina School of Law and the Center’s scholar-in-residence, moderates.

December 15, 2015

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