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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.



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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.

    The Meaning of Equality

    The Meaning of Equality

    Where did the idea that “all men are created equal” come from, and what did those words mean when Thomas Jefferson wrote them in the Declaration of Independence? What has equality meant in America over time—and what does it mean today? William Allen, emeritus professor of political philosophy and emeritus dean at James Madison College at Michigan State University; Erika Bachiochi, fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; Ellen Carol DuBois, distinguished research professor at UCLA; and Jack Rakove, emeritus professor of history and political science at Stanford University, join to explore the idea of equality throughout American history. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.
    This conversation was streamed live on December 15th, 2021.
    This program is made possible through the generous support of Citizens.

    Live at the National Constitution Center is taking a break for the holidays! We’ll be back in January with more great shows that you won’t want to miss.
    In the meantime, take a listen to episodes from the archive, or head over to our other show, We the People, for some lively and civil constitutional debates.
    From all of us at the National Constitution Center, we wish you a happy and healthy new year.

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    • 59 min
    Poetry and the Constitution

    Poetry and the Constitution

    How have poets and poetry—from John Milton to Mercy Otis Warren and Phillis Wheatley—influenced the Constitution and America’s core democratic principles? Join Vincent Carretta, editor of the Penguin Classics editions of the Complete Writings of Phillis Wheatley and professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, Eileen M. Hunt, full professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, and Eric Slauter, associate professor and director of the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, for a discussion exploring the ways poetry has intersected with the Constitution and constitutional ideas throughout American history. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.
    This conversation was streamed live on December 8th, 2021.
    Additional resources and transcript available in our Media Library at constitutioncenter.org/constitution.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 53 min
    Lincoln’s Speeches and the Refounding of America

    Lincoln’s Speeches and the Refounding of America

    Michael Burlingame, author of The Black Man’s President: Abraham Lincoln, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Equality; Noah Feldman, author of The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America; and Diana Schaub, author of His Greatest Speeches: How Lincoln Moved the Nation, take a deep dive into the timeless speeches of one of America’s greatest presidents to reveal Lincoln’s constitutional vision and how his vision changed the course of the Constitution and American history. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.
    This conversation was streamed live on November 22, 2021.
    Additional resources and transcript available in our Media Library at constitutioncenter.org/constitution.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 54 min
    Does the Presidency Need Reform?

    Does the Presidency Need Reform?

    As part of their ongoing conversations about how to restore the guardrails of American democracy, the National Constitution Center and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University present a conversation exploring the role of the president in our constitutional system. Experts Jessica Bulman-Pozen, law professor at Columbia Law School, Saikrishna Prakash, law professor and author of The Living Presidency: An Originalist Argument Against Its Ever-Expanding Powers, and Stephen Skowronek, political scientist at Yale University, discuss the original conception of presidential power and its expansion over time; and provide their take on what reforms, if any, may be necessary. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.
    This program is presented as part of the Renewing the Republic series, presented in partnership with the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and as part of the National Constitution Center's Restoring the Guardrails of Democracy initiative. It was made possible with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and Mike and Jackie Bezos.

    This conversation was streamed live on November 22, 2021.
    Additional resources and transcript available in our Media Library at constitutioncenter.org/constitution.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 56 min
    Native Americans and the Constitution

    Native Americans and the Constitution

    In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, join experts Maggie Blackhawk of New York University School of Law; Donald Grinde, Jr. of the University at Buffalo and co-author of Exemplar of Liberty: Native America and the Evolution of Democracy; Gregory Dowd of the University of Michigan; and Woody Holton of the University of South Carolina and author of Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution, for a conversation exploring the influence of indigenous people and tribal governments on the U.S. Constitution and American democracy, from before the Revolution to today. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.
    This program is made possible with support from TD Bank.
    This conversation was streamed live on November 19, 2021.
    Additional resources and transcript available in our Media Library at constitutioncenter.org/constitution.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 52 min
    Black Women, Representation, and the Constitution

    Black Women, Representation, and the Constitution

    Although the 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution enshrined the right to vote regardless of race and guaranteed women the right to vote more than 100 years ago, the struggle for Black women’s suffrage and representation is ongoing, and the history of the struggle still relatively unknown today. We discuss that history on this week’s episode, and highlight the key Black women figures throughout time who served as suffrage advocates, voters, and representatives—from Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm. This panel features Nadia Brown, professor of government and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University and Idol Family Fellow at the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute at Villanova University; Bettye Collier-Thomas, professor of history at Temple University and co-editor of African American Women and the Vote, 1837–1965; and Martha Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and author of Vanguard. Lana Ulrich, senior director of content at the National Constitution Center, moderates the discussion.
    This program was made possible through the generous support of the McNulty Foundation in partnership with the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership at Villanova University. It’s part of the National Constitution Center’s Women and the Constitution, initiative.
    This conversation was streamed live on November 9, 2021.

    Additional resources and transcript available in our Media Library at constitutioncenter.org/constitution.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 54 min

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116 Ratings

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Intelligent Discussion

Intelligent, interesting & important discussion on Constitutional matters.

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

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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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