2018: A Constitutional Year in Review

December 20, 2018


This episode looks back at the biggest constitutional issues of 2018—from the recent ruling striking down Obamacare, to the Emoluments Clause lawsuits, the census case, the Mueller investigation, and more. Guests Emily Bazelon and Josh Blackman join host Jeffrey Rosen to give updates about where these constitutional questions stand and forecast where they’re headed next year.


Note: An early transcript of the podcast is linked here. This text may not be in its final form, accuracy may vary, and it may be updated or revised in the future.


Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is a co-host of Slate’s weekly podcast “Political Gabfest.”

Josh Blackman is Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law Houston and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He is also founder and president of the Harlan Institute and blogs at JoshBlackman.com.

​​​​​​Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

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Our Interactive Constitution is the leading digital resource about the debates and text behind the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. Here, scholars from across the legal and philosophical spectrum interact with each other to explore the meaning of each provision of our founding document. 


This episode was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Jackie McDermott, with research and booking by Lana Ulrich, Jackie McDermott, Ben Roebuck, and Madison Poulter.

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