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A weekly balanced conversation with leading scholars of all viewpoints on contemporary and historical topics about the United States Constitution.

Current We The People Podcasts
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Cohen, Trump & Campaign Finance LawWe debate the campaign finance laws at issue, explore precedents like the John Edwards case, and consider possible legal liability for Trump.National Constitution Center00:36:42
Special Counsel Independence and Integrity ActThis bipartisan legislation, if passed, would impose regulations on firing a Special Counsel (like Robert Mueller). Is it constitutional?National Constitution Center00:54:06
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)He breaks down the recent developments related to The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which he co-sponsored...National Constitution Center00:34:04
The Bladensburg Peace Cross CaseThe American Legion v. American Humanist Association Supreme Court case, about a lawsuit over demolition of a 40 foot cross...National Constitution Center00:59:06
Free Speech and Press CasesTrump's revocation of Jim Acosta's press pass and the ongoing lawsuit bring issues of press freedom and due process into the news.National Constitution Center00:58:32
AG, Pres & Congressional OversightThe flurry of questions about the legality, constitutionality, and political repercussions firing Jeff Sessions...National Constitution Center00:57:44
Required Birthright Citizenship?Does the 14th Amendment require birthright citizenship for all? The disputed history and original meaning of the Citizenship Clause.National Constitution Center01:07:08
Voting Rights, Election Law, MidtermsAs Americans prepare to head to the polls next week, we partnered with Ballotpedia for a rundown of the election law and voting rights issues...National Constitution Center00:51:12
Key Congressional Elections in HistoryWe delve into the history of congressional elections, from the Founding to today, answering several iimportant questions...National Constitution Center00:59:48
Supreme Court Legitimacy Crisis?Some believe that the Kavanaugh confirmation caused a legitimacy crisis that can only be solved by reform proposals such as...National Constitution Center00:60:55
Libel, Media, & Constitutional LegitimacyWe explain what libel is and how laws against libel and slander fit within the First Amendmentís protections of free speech and...National Constitution Center00:49:35
Senate & Supreme Court FutureSenators Flake and Coons discuss their important role in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, including their agreement to pause...National Constitution Center00:46:16
Supreme Court Term PreviewWe explore forthcoming cases that involve everything from double jeopardy and excessive fines to cemeteries and endangered frogs.National Constitution Center00:56:25
Should Chevron Be Overturned?Philip Hamburger and Gillian Metzger explain Chevron deference, why it matters, and whether it should be overturned.National Constitution Center00:55:19
Kavanaugh Confirmation HearingsWe unpack Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings and evaluate his testimony: his judicial philosophy and his views...National Constitution Center00:55:32
Supreme Court ConfirmationIn the midst of the contentious confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, we explore confirmation hearing history...National Constitution Center01:01:04
What's an Impeachable Offense?Alan Dershowitz and Joshua Matz join Jeffrey Rosen for a debate on how the Framers intended impeachment power be used.National Constitution Center00:53:09
Escaping Slavery and Fighting InjusticeIn the Civil War, Robert Smalls captured a Confederate boat filled with enslaved people and steered it to freedom...National Constitution Center00:59:16
Harriet Scott: Dred Scott v. SanfordThe life of Harriet Scott, wife and co-plaintiff of Dred Scott in the infamous case Dred Scott v. Sanford.National Constitution Center00:57:43
Callie House: Reparations Advocate & TrailblazerShe tirelessly traveled the country organizing newly freed African Americans in the quest to right the wrongs of slavery...National Constitution Center00:46:11
John Bingham: Father of the 14th AmendmentJohn Bingham was one of the most influential but least known visionaries of the post-Civil War Constitution.National Constitution Center00:55:31
The life and legacy of Frederick DouglassOne of America's most influential abolitionists, orators, writers, and statesmen grew up as a slave in Maryland...National Constitution Center01:07:21
What is Treason?After his meeting with Russian president Putin, President Trump sparked a new controversy on the definition of treason...National Constitution Center01:12:51
The New Supreme CourtA discussion of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Gorsuch's first year on the Supreme Court, and...National Constitution Center01:07:30
Happy 150th Birthday, 14th AmendmentLeading Civil War and Reconstruction scholars discuss the history and meaning of the 14th Amendment...National Constitution Center01:08:46
The Legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy3 of Kennedy's former clerks, join us to discuss the Justice's Supreme Court legacy...National Constitution Center01:06:35
The Supreme Court now: Decisions, deciders and what's nextA panel discussion of the Supreme Court's momentous recent term. Same-sex wedding cakes, voting rights, gerrymandering...National Constitution Center00:54:58
The Golden State Killer and Genetic PrivacyUsing genetic data from old crime scene samples... has raised privacy concerns, leading many to wonder what the future for genetic privacy is under the Fourth Amendment...National Constitution Center00:58:02
Self-Pardons, Fourth Amendment, & James MadisonIn this episode, We the People host Jeff Rosen answers constitutional questions that you, our listeners, have been asking.National Constitution Center00:53:10
The Supreme Court's Current TermA discussion some major cases already decided in the Supreme Court's current term and others...National Constitution Center00:54:60
Ken Burns: Telling Constitutional StoriesThe Civil War, Reconstruction, and the legacy of the 14th Amendment according to documentarian Ken Burns...National Constitution Center00:47:12
George Will on Madisonian GovernmentFederalism, the 17th Amendment, and the state of American politics today....National Constitution Center00:56:48
The Iran nuclear deal under TrumpOn May 8, Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, calling the deal horrible...National Constitution Center00:53:23
Social Media and Digital DisinformationDoes digital disinformation poses a threat, what is its effect on speech, democracy, and government regulation...National Constitution Center01:28:04
Eric Holder on the 14th Amendment todayFormer Attorney General Holder discusses the importance of the 14th Amendment today...National Constitution Center01:04:51
The Supreme Court Considers The Travel Ban CaseOn Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in one of the biggest cases of the year...National Constitution Center00:47:34
Facebook and the Future of DemocracyJeffrey Rosen discusses the recent Facebook hearings and the broader impact of social media on free speech and democracy...National Constitution Center01:02:23
Justice Breyer on the First AmendmentJeffrey Rosen and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discuss the First Amendment, hate speech, the Citizens United...National Constitution Center00:52:38
Trump and the Federal JudiciaryPresident Donald Trump has been nominating judges and having them confirmed at record speed...National Constitution Center00:57:48
Hamilton: Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A NationThe competing ideas of Hamilton and his legendary rivals, Madison, Jefferson, Adams, and Burr...National Constitution Center01:16:58
William Howard Taft And The ConstitutionJeffrey Rosen argues that William Howard Taft was our most judicial president and presidential Chief Justice...National Constitution Center01:30:01
Trump, Tariffs, and TradePresident Trump's protectionist policies are a reversal of mostly free-trade orientated policies of past administrations...National Constitution Center00:52:08
Workplace Discrimination Based On Sexual OrientationCan an employment lawsuit be based on the premise that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a Title VII violation...National Constitution Center00:46:50
The United States v. MicrosoftCan the federal government compel a U.S.-based email provider to turn over its records as part of a criminal investigation...National Constitution Center00:58:19
Mandatory Union Fees And The First AmendmentThe Supreme Court is considering arguments in a case that could have a huge effect on public-section unions...National Constitution Center00:55:20
Conversation With Ruth Bader GinsburgJustice Ginsburg talks about the #MeToo movement, confesses her affection for Millennials, discusses cases...National Constitution Center01:19:37
Jeffrey Rosen Answers Your Constitutional QuestionsWhy is the Ninth Amendment so important to understanding the Constitution? What are the unenumerated rights provided...National Constitution Center00:51:34
History of Impeachment: From Andrew Johnson to TodayWe look at the history of presidential impeachments, the interpretation of the Impeachment Clause, and...National Constitution Center00:54:41
The Constitution in Year One of the Trump AdministrationIn the year since he took office, a variety of novel constitutional issues have arisen, from the interpretation of...National Constitution Center00:45:39
Federalism under President TrumpThe relationship between the federal government and the states is currently at the center of controversies about...National Constitution Center00:51:19
Undocumented Teens And AbortionWe look at the case Hargan v. Garza, a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of undocumented immigrant that asks...National Constitution Center00:53:11
Gerrymandering and American DemocracyThe Supreme Court might determine the constitutional future of partisan gerrymandering. Scholars and advocates have been...National Constitution Center00:52:27
The Existential Threat Of Big TechWe explore how tech platforms like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google have transformed the way we think and produced...National Constitution Center01:14:01

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