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Live constitutional conversations and debates featuring leading historians, journalists, scholars, and public officials hosted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and across America.



To watch National Constitution Center Town Halls live, check out our schedule of upcoming programs at constitutioncenter.org/townhall. Register through Zoom to ask your constitutional questions in the Q&A or watch live on YouTube at YouTube.com/ConstitutionCenter.

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Live constitutional conversations and debates featuring leading historians, journalists, scholars, and public officials hosted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and across America.



To watch National Constitution Center Town Halls live, check out our schedule of upcoming programs at constitutioncenter.org/townhall. Register through Zoom to ask your constitutional questions in the Q&A or watch live on YouTube at YouTube.com/ConstitutionCenter.

    2020-21 Supreme Court Term Review

    2020-21 Supreme Court Term Review

    The Anti-Defamation League, or ADL, recently presented a Supreme Court term review panel hosted virtually at the National Constitution Center. Moderator and veteran Supreme Court journalist Dahlia Lithwick was joined by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law, former Solicitor General of the United States and current Supreme Court advocate Paul Clement, Georgetown Law professor Frederick Lawrence, and NYU Law professor Melissa Murray. This panel was streamed live on July 8th, 2021.
    Learn more about the 2020-2021 Supreme Court term by checking out our companion podcast We the People. Recent episodes feature experts of all viewpoints detailing and explaining the importance of the key Supreme Court decisions from this past term. Search “We the People" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts, or visit our Media Library at constitutioncenter.org/constitution.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Freedom of Speech in France and America

    Freedom of Speech in France and America

    Earlier this summer, we partnered with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy on a pair of programs comparing the freedoms of religion and speech in France and in the United States, and how those freedoms are protected in the two countries. In this program, a panel of experts from both countries explores how freedom of speech and press as guaranteed by the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen differs from freedom of speech and press in America under the First Amendment of the Constitution—as well as how laws and courts in both countries protect those rights and address issues over controversial speech. National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen was joined by Marc-Olivier Bherer, staff editor and reporter for the French daily Le Monde and Nieman Fellow at Harvard in the 2021 class; Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America and author of Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All; Geoffrey Stone, professor at the University of Chicago Law School; and Hélène Tigroudja, law professor at Aix-Marseille University in France and a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
    This panel was streamed live on June 1, 2021.
    Check out another program from our partnership with the French embassy, “Religious Liberty in France and America,” and more programs on free speech in our Media Library at constitutioncenter.org/constitution.

    Additional resources and transcript available at constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/media-library.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 55 min
    Should More Power Be Returned to the People?

    Should More Power Be Returned to the People?

    The National Constitution Center and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University recently presented a conversation exploring how significant the role of “we the people” should be in governing. The panel debated whether more power should be returned to the American people and, if so, what reforms should be enacted to meet that goal? National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen was joined by Dan McLaughlin, senior writer at National Review Online and professor Hahrie Han, co-author of Prisms of the People: Power and Organizing in 21st Century America and the inaugural director of the SNF Agora Institute. 
    This panel was streamed live on June 23rd, 2021. 

    Check out additional programs from our Guardrails of Democracy initiative, including "How to Restore the Guardrails of Democracy," in our Media Library.

    Additional resources and transcript available at constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/media-library
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 57 min
    Laboratories of Democracy: State Constitutions

    Laboratories of Democracy: State Constitutions

    State constitutions influenced the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and continue to shape constitutional rights today. The Virginia Constitution of 1776 in particular influenced both the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen joined experts for a two-part conversation on state constitutions. First, Rosen was joined by A.E. Dick Howard of the University of Virginia. Professor Howard is an expert on the Virginia Constitution of 1776 and Virginia’s current constitution, which he helped draft and is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. Rosen was then joined by two experts on state constitutions: Judge Jeffrey Sutton, author of 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law, and professor Emily Zackin, author of Looking for Rights in All the Wrong Places: Why State Constitutions Contain America’s Positive Rights. 
    This panel was streamed live on June 28, 2021. 
    If you’re interested in learning more about state constitutions, check out some of our past programs including this Town Hall program featuring Judge Jeffrey Sutton, “Why State Constitutions Matter.”
    Register for our 2021 Annual Supreme Court Review on July 8 at constitutioncenter.org/debate.

    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.
    Additional resources and transcript available at constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/media-library.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Free Speech, Media, Truth and Lies

    Free Speech, Media, Truth and Lies

    Should the government or private companies identify and regulate truth and lies? Join Martha Minow, professor at Harvard Law School and author of the new book, Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech, Paul Matzko of the Cato Institute and author of The Radio Right, and Jonathan Rauch, author of the new book, The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth, for a discussion the history of American protection for free speech values and how they are challenged by the social media landscape today. They also discuss current debates about the regulation of online speech, from content regulation to algorithmic disinformation, and what reforms, if any, might promote the free trade in ideas and expression in the future. Newton Minow, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission during the John F. Kennedy administration, provides remarks. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. 

    Additional resources and transcript available at constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/media-library.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 56 min
    Great Justices: Founders, Dissenters, and Prophets

    Great Justices: Founders, Dissenters, and Prophets

    Jeffrey Rosen moderates a conversation looking back at some of America’s greatest Supreme Court justices in history, including Chief Justice John Marshall, one of the founders of constitutional law; Justice John Marshall Harlan, famous for his dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson in which he argued against the doctrine of “separate but equal;” and others—from Justice Benjamin Curtis to Justice Antonin Scalia. Rosen was joined by Robert Strauss, author of the new book 'John Marshall: The Final Founder;' Peter Canellos, editor at Politico and author of the new book 'The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America's Judicial Hero;' and Elizabeth Slattery, a lawyer at the Pacific Legal Foundation and co-host of 'Dissed,' a podcast about important dissents.
    Register to join us live for upcoming online programs at constitutioncenter.org/debate and check out past programs in our media library at constitutioncenter.org/constitution, including:

    “Robert Strauss: America’s Worst Presidents” featuring Strauss discussing his book 'Worst. President. Ever: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents'


    If you’d like to learn more about Chief Justice John Marshall, check out our 2019 program “The Man Who Made the Supreme Court” featuring acclaimed historian Richard Brookhiser


    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.
    Additional resources and transcript available at constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/media-library.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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114 Ratings

114 Ratings

Nesorneb ,

Intelligent Discussion

Intelligent, interesting & important discussion on Constitutional matters.

Every US citizen should listen to The Constitution Center podcasts, etc.

Philadelphia Lucky ,

Guardrails of Our Democracy

If only the 360 discussions found in each topic’s discussion could be required of all media. Imagine a populace engaged in first discriminating thought, and freed from the sensationalistic, click baiting silo they have been assigned; silos where we find ourselves entangled, without even realizing it.

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Fascinating and valuable

These are always such interesting discussions! I can usually understand the arguments put forth, and I feel smarter for listening to the various arguments. Valuable civics lessons!

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