Podcasts

Property rights at the Supreme Court

David Breemer of the Pacific Legal Foundation and John Echeverria of Vermont Law School discuss the issues in a big case about the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause.

March 16, 2017

The constitutional legacy of Prohibition

Historians Lisa Andersen and Josh Zeitz explore the history and politics of Prohibition, including its impact on federal power and civil liberties.

March 09, 2017

The future of federalism

In a special live event at Georgetown University, Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law in Houston and Peter Edelman of Georgetown discuss the fate of federalism in the Trump era.

March 02, 2017

Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center answers listener questions about sanctuary cities, presidential power, and more.

February 23, 2017

Presidential succession and the 25th Amendment at 50

Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute explain how succession works and how it can be improved.

February 16, 2017

Presidential succession and the 25th Amendment

Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute explain how succession works and how it can be improved.

February 16, 2017

Should Neil Gorsuch be confirmed to the Supreme Court?

Michele Jawando of the Center for American Progress and John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation discuss the judge’s record and potential to shape the Court.

February 09, 2017

President Trump’s immigration order: Is it legal?

Peter Spiro of Temple University and Anil Kalhan of Drexel University explore the best arguments for and against the President’s controversial action on refugees and international travel.

February 02, 2017

Has President Trump violated the Emoluments Clause?

Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Andy Grewal of the University of Iowa discuss questions about the President’s business operations.

January 26, 2017

Donald Verrilli, Jr.: An Evening with the Former Solicitor General

Former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli reflects on his time serving in the Obama administration and shares his experience arguing landmark cases about the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, and more. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

January 23, 2017

Offensive speech and trademarks at the Supreme Court

Deborah Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown University discuss a big First Amendment case.

January 19, 2017

President Trump’s First 100 Days: The Constitutional Stakes

Ben Domenech of The Federalist, Paul Gottfried of Elizabethtown College, Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal, and Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker discuss the agenda and vision of the new administration. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.

January 17, 2017

The future of the regulatory state

Gillian Metzger of Columbia University and David Bernstein of George Mason University explain how President Trump, Congress, and the courts may challenge the power of executive agencies.

January 12, 2017

The Constitution and the Administrative State, Part I

In the first part of a three-part program on the administrative state, Randy Barnett of the Georgetown University Law Center and Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the Founders and their ideas about the role of government in society. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the Constitution Center, moderates. This program was presented in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center.

January 10, 2017

The Constitution and the Administrative State, Part II

Michele Landis Dauber of Stanford Law School and Ilya Somin of the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School discuss the history of the administrative state. Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center, moderates. This program was presented in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center.

January 10, 2017

The Constitution and the Administrative State, Part III

Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Kent Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit discuss the significance of the history of the administrative state for federal judges. Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center, moderates. This program was presented in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center.

January 10, 2017

A new look at America’s founding

Michael Klarman of Harvard Law School and Patrick Spero of the American Philosophical Society offer new perspectives on the American Revolution and Founding era.

January 05, 2017

President Obama’s constitutional legacy

Journalists and scholars give their take on the Obama presidency.

December 29, 2016

Akhil Reed Amar on the Bill of Rights

“America’s greatest teacher of the Bill of Rights” explains the document’s history and importance on its 225th anniversary.

December 22, 2016

The Bill of Rights at 225

Historians Carol Berkin and David O. Stewart reflect on the history and legacy of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

December 15, 2016

2016 Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Part I

In the first part of the National Constitution Center’s annual Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, authors Stephen Puleo and Nancy Moses share the little-known stories behind the preservation and protection of America’s founding documents. Charles Cullen, interim president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, moderates. https://www.podbean.com/media/player/embed/postId/PB6732C2Q3M66

December 15, 2016

2016 Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Part II

In the second part of the National Constitution Center’s annual Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, former National Rifle Association president David Keene explores the history and future of gun rights in America. Tom Donnelly, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Constitution Center, moderates.

December 15, 2016

2016 Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Part III

In the third part of the National Constitution Center’s annual Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, John Bessler of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Carol Steiker of Harvard Law School, and Jordan Steiker of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law discuss the constitutionality of the death penalty. Michael Gerhardt, scholar-in-residence at the Constitution Center, moderates.

December 15, 2016

2016 Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Part IV

In the final part of the National Constitution Center’s annual Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University discusses the history and importance of the Bill of Rights. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the Constitution Center, moderates.

December 15, 2016

Is this the end of partisan gerrymandering?

Nick Stephanopoulos of the University of Chicago and Michael Morley of Barry University discuss a big Wisconsin case that could reach the Supreme Court.

December 08, 2016

Populism, Demagogues, and Constitutional Democracy

Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution, Michael Kazin of Georgetown University and Dissent, Nancy Rosenblum of Harvard University, and John Yoo of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, discuss the rising tide of populism and its relationship to constitutional values. Author and political commentator Peter Beinart moderates.

December 08, 2016

Black Lives Matter: The Next Civil Rights Movement?

Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School, economist and author Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and Errin Haines Whack of the Associated Press explore the history of Black Lives Matter and its parallels with the civil rights movement. Michael Gerhardt, scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

December 05, 2016

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 Constitutional Legacy of President Obama

David French and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine, Michael Days of the Philadelphia Daily News, and National Constitution Center scholar-in-residence Michael Gerhardt discuss the 44th President's constitutional legacy. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the Constitution Center, moderates. This program was presented in partnership with the National Review Institute.

November 30, 2016

Robert Strauss: America’s Worst Presidents

Journalist Robert Strauss, author of Worst. President. Ever., explores the presidency of James Buchanan and explains how historians rank presidents over time. Michael Gerhardt, scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

November 28, 2016

The state of campus free speech

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

November 24, 2016

Is the Constitution Judeo-Christian?

Menachem Lorberbaum of Tel Aviv University, Michael Moreland of Villanova’s Charles Widger School of Law, and Suzanne Last Stone of the Cardozo School of Law discuss the relationship of the Constitution to Judaism and Christianity. Michael Gerhardt, scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

November 21, 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

The State of Campus Free Speech

PEN America executive director Suzanne Nossel, First Amendment expert Floyd Abrams, University of Missouri student activist Storm Ervin, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, and University of Chicago scholar Geoffrey Stone discuss the future of free expression at U.S. universities. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. This program was presented in partnership with PEN America.

November 17, 2016

Rethinking America’s Founding

Michael Klarman of Harvard Law School and Patrick Spero of the American Philosophical Society reexamine the debates that defined America’s founding. Tom Donnelly, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

November 14, 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 Day After: Analyzing the Media’s role in the 2016 Election

Dylan Byers of CNN, David Folkenflik of NPR, Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the University of Pennsylvania, and Bryan Monroe of Temple University discuss the performance of the media in the 2016 election. Todd Brewster, visiting professor at Temple, moderates. This program was presented in partnership with Temple University.

November 09, 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

A Declaration of Life and Liberty, Part III

In the final part of a three-part program on the Declaration of Independence, Gordon Wood of Brown University delivers a plenary lecture on the significance of the Declaration. Michael Andrews, executive officer and vice president of the Jack Miller Center, introduces the lecture. This program was presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center.

November 03, 2016

A Declaration of Life and Liberty, Part II

In the second part of a three-part program on the Declaration of Independence, John Zumbrunnen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Evan Oxman of Lake Forest College, and our own Jeffrey Rosen discuss how teachers can bring the Constitution into the classroom. Thomas Kelly, director of civic education outreach at the Jack Miller Center, moderates. This program was presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center.

November 03, 2016

A Declaration of Life and Liberty, Part I

In the first part of a three-part program on the Declaration of Independence, Michael Zuckert of the University of Notre Dame, Gordon Wood of Brown University, and Eliga Gould of the University of New Hampshire explore the meaning of the Declaration's famous words, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Randal Hendrickson, director of faculty development at the Jack Miller Center, moderates. This program was presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center.

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

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