Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

February 08, 2018


In this episode, we’re answering questions that you, our listeners, have been asking about the Constitution, with the National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.

We’ve been collecting your questions over the past few months from social media, our weekly newsletter Constitution Weekly, and email.

For starters, here were some of the questions answered in this podcast:

Why is the Ninth Amendment so important to understanding the Constitution? What are the unenumerated rights provided for in the Constitution and what were the big arguments about them in the past 100 years? What is the basis for the idea of the separation of church and state as understood by the Founders? And what are the theories of interpreting the Constitution that most apply to you?



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.” He is also a professor at The George Washington University Law School, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic. 

Additional Resources

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. 

Amendment I: Freedom Of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, And Petition

The Free Exercise Clause By Frederick Gedicks and Michael McConnell

Freedom Of Speech And The Press By Geoffrey R. Stone and Eugene Volokh

The Ninth Amendment By Randy E. Barnett and Louis Michael Seidman

The Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause By Nathan S. Chapman and Kenji Yoshino

Constitutional Rights Origins and Travels: Writing Rights

How did the Founders write the Bill of Rights? Explore key historical documents that inspired the Founders during their drafting process as well as the drafts and proposals for each amendment. Learn more.

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