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Podcast: Article V and constitutional change

September 22, 2016 by NCC Staff


New Yorkers protest the 2008 bailout (credit: A. Golden)
New Yorkers protest the 2008 bailout (credit: A. Golden)

This week, We the People continues its series on “The Candidates and the Constitution,” in which the statements and proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are compared to the text and history of the Constitution.

We turn now to Article V, which establishes the process of amending the Constitution.

To propose an amendment, you need two-thirds of both houses of Congress, or a national convention called by two-thirds of state legislatures. Then, to ratify it, you need three-quarters of state legislatures or conventions.

Joining We the People to discuss constitutional change and the 2016 election are two leading scholars who have contributed multiple essays to the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution.

Michael Rappaport is the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism at the University of San Diego. He co-wrote an explainer on Article V with David Strauss (soon to be published) and an individual explainer, as well as explainers on Article VII with Mark Graber.David Strauss is the Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. In addition to the Article V explainers, David wrote pieces on Article III with Richard Garnett.

This show was engineered by David Stotz and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

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