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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The legacy of the 13th Amendment

Randy Barnett, Tom Donnelly and Jamal Greene join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the history, meaning, and legacy of the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in America.
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December 10, 2015

Affirmative action returns to the Supreme Court

Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Neil Siegel of the Duke University School of Law preview an upcoming Supreme Court case about "racial preferences" in university admissions. Download this episode (right click and save)

December 03, 2015

Does the Second Amendment protect the right to own and carry a gun?

Michael O’Shea of the Oklahoma City University School of Law and Carl Bogus of the Roger Williams University School of Law debate the history and meaning of the Second Amendment at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois. Download this episode (right click and save)

November 24, 2015

The First Amendment speech debate on college campuses

Erwin Chemerinsky and Greg Lukianoff join National Constitution Center scholar in residence Michael Gerhardt to discuss controversies at Yale and Missouri about free speech and hate speech.

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November 20, 2015

The meaning of ‘one person, one vote’

Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute in Washington preview an important new Supreme Court case about voter equality. Download this episode (right click and save)

November 12, 2015

Is the death penalty unconstitutional?

John Stinneford of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the meaning of the Eighth Amendment and the future of the death penalty.

November 05, 2015

The first 10 years of the Roberts Court

Adam Liptak of The New York Times and Joan Biskupic of Reuters News reflect on the tenure of Chief Justice John Roberts and the impact of the Supreme Court under his leadership. Download this episode (right click and save)

October 29, 2015

A reasoned debate about the Second Amendment

Adam Winkler of the UCLA School of Law and Nelson Lund of the George Mason University School of Law examine the history of the Second Amendment and the current debates about the extent of its protections. Download this episode (right click and save)

October 22, 2015

Is the Constitution color-blind?

Theodore Shaw of the University of North Carolina School of Law and Michael Rosman of the Center for Individual Rights explore how the Constitution deals with race. Download this episode (right click and save)

October 15, 2015

The Constitution and the world

Oona Hathaway of Yale Law School and Michael Paulsen of the University of St. Thomas School of Law debate whether foreign laws or international agreements have a role in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Download this episode (right click and save)

October 09, 2015

What’s next at the Supreme Court?

Kenji Yoshino of the New York University School of Law and Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law preview the new Supreme Court term that begins on Monday, October 5. Download this episode (right click and save)

October 01, 2015

When religious liberty conflicts with LGBT rights, who wins?

Kristina Arriaga of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Greg Lipper of Americans United for Separation of Church and State discuss the Kim Davis saga and two competing bills in Congress. Download this episode (right click and save)

September 23, 2015

Explore the new Interactive Constitution

Richard Pildes of the New York University School of Law and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz of the Georgetown University Law Center join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to introduce the Center's online Interactive Constitution. Download this episode (right click and save)

September 16, 2015

Obamacare, Kim Davis, and religious exemptions

Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom and Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress examine constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate with guest host Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Download this episode (right click and save)

September 10, 2015

The Constitution on the 2016 campaign trail

Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Michael Dorf of Cornell Law School join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to analyze what the 2016 presidential candidates are saying about the Constitution. Download this episode (right click and save)

September 03, 2015

Texas H.B. 2 and the right to an abortion

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen welcomes Stephanie Roti from the Center for Reproductive Rights and Emily Kebodeaux from Texas Right to Life to discuss a constitutional challenge to a Texas law regulating abortion providers. Download this episode (right click and save)

August 27, 2015

The 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship

Stanford Law School's Bernadette Meyler and Emory University School of Law's William Mayton join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause and current debate over the children of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Download this episode (right click and save)

August 20, 2015

Why the Innocent Plead Guilty

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen is joined by federal judges Jed Rakoff and Michael Baylson to debate the public misconceptions and systemic failings of America’s criminal justice system. Download this episode (right click and save)

August 13, 2015

The history and legacy of the 13th Amendment

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen is joined by “patriotic philanthropist” and Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein to discuss the history and legacy of the 13th Amendment. Download this episode (right click and save)

August 06, 2015

Is the Iran nuclear deal constitutional?

BakerHostetler's David Rivkin and Hofstra University's Julian Ku join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and the constitutional questions about its passage and enforcement. Download this episode (right click and save)

July 30, 2015

Voting rights on trial in North Carolina

As the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act approaches, Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Derek Muller of the Pepperdine University School of Law join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss a big trial in North Carolina. Download this episode (right click and save)

July 25, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About The Constitution in Two Amendments

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

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July 16, 2015

Perspectives on a historic Supreme Court term

National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen is joined by U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Neal Katyal, David Frum and David Leonhardt to break down a busy end to the Supreme Court’s landmark term. Download this episode (right click and save)

July 09, 2015

The Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriages, redistricting

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Richard Pildes and Michael Stokes Paulsen to analyze the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage and election redistricting decisions.

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July 02, 2015

The First Amendment and racist speech on college campuses

Jeffrey Rosen is joined by Eugene Volokh and Kent Greenfield, who wrote two widely read pieces about the Oklahoma frat situation, for a wide-ranging talk about the First Amendment.

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March 19, 2015

The President, Congress, Iran and the Constitution

The National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen is joined by constitutional experts Bruce Ackerman and Louis Fisher to discuss a hot topic: the roles of the President and Congress in conducting America’s foreign policy.

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March 12, 2015

Can a few words shut down Obamacare?

Jonathan H. Adler from Case Western Reserve University and Nicholas Bagley from the University of Michigan join National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen to analyze the core constitutional arguments in the latest Obamacare challenge at the Supreme Court.

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March 05, 2015

Who holds the redistricting power?

Michael Morley and Nick Stephanopoulos join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss an upcoming Supreme Court case from Arizona that could dramatically shape the future of the legislative redistricting process.


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February 25, 2015

Obama’s immigration policy at a legal crossroads

Michael Dorf and Ilya Shapiro join the National Constitution Center's Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the legal and constitutional implications of a judicial decision in Texas that could change, or stop, President Obama's new immigration policies.

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February 19, 2015

Presidential powers and the Constitution

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

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February 13, 2015

A bipartisan effort to promote constitutional awareness

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen talks about an important new project to promote constitutional awareness with Rick Pildes from the New York University School of Law and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz from Georgetown University Law Center and the Cato Institute.

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February 04, 2015

Jeff Rosen answers your constitutional questions

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

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January 29, 2015

Should elected judges be allowed to ask for campaign donations?

Jeffery Rosen speaks with two leading experts, Bob Corn-Revere and Burt Neuborne, about one of the most interesting cases in the Supreme Court this term: about state-level judges who run for office, and want to raise campaign funds.
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January 22, 2015

Charlie Hebdo and the freedom of speech

Eric Posner from the University of Chicago and Jonathan Rauch from the Brookings Institution join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the limits of free speech.


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January 14, 2015

Judicial rulings and the evaluation of laws

Michael Gerhardt from the University of North Carolina School of Law and Clark Neily from the Institute for Justice join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss when it is appropriate for the courts to strike down laws passed by a legislature.

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January 07, 2015

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