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A weekly show of constitutional debate hosted by National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen where listeners can hear the best arguments on all sides of the constitutional issues at the center of American life.

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A weekly show of constitutional debate hosted by National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen where listeners can hear the best arguments on all sides of the constitutional issues at the center of American life.

    Lincoln’s Lessons: Then and Now

    Lincoln’s Lessons: Then and Now

    In this episode, two acclaimed Lincoln historians—Sidney Blumenthal, author of the three-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, and Harold Holzer, author of the new book Brought Forth on This Continent: Abraham Lincoln and American Immigration, join Jeffrey Rosen to assess Lincoln’s life and legacy to explore similarities between the 19th century and today. This program was streamed live on March 27, 2024, as part of our America’s Town Hall series. 
     
    Resources: 

    Harold Holzer, Brought Forth on This Continent: Abraham Lincoln and American Immigration 

    Sidney Blumenthal, Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II, 1849-1856 

    Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union Address (February 27, 1860) 

    Harold Holzer, Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President 

     

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Battle Over Free Speech on Campus

    The Battle Over Free Speech on Campus

    Over the past few weeks, protests on college campuses over the war in Gaza have sparked debate about the extent and limits of student and faculty free speech rights. In this episode, two leading First Amendment scholars, Keith Whittington of Princeton University and Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago, join Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the current debates over free speech on campus. They also discuss Whittington’s new book, You Can’t Teach That!: The Battle Over University Classrooms. 

    Resources: 

    Keith Whittington, You Can’t Teach That!: The Battle Over University Classrooms (2024)  

    Keith Whittington, Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech (2019)  

    Keith Whittington, “Civil Disobedience Has Consequences,” The Daily Princetonian (May 10, 2024) 

    Keith Whittington, “What Can Professors Say in Public? Extramural Speech and the First Amendment,” Case Western L. Rev (2023)  

    University of Chicago, Kalven Committee: Report on the University’s Role in Political and Social Action  

    University of Chicago, “Report on the Committee on Freedom of Expression” (2014) 

    “UChicago Says Free Speech Is Sacred. Some Students See Hypocrisy,” NYTimes (May 2024) 

     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Democracy Checkup: Preparing for the 2024 Election

    Democracy Checkup: Preparing for the 2024 Election

    Richard Hasen, author of A Real Right to Vote, Sarah Isgur, senior editor of The Dispatch, and Lawrence Lessig, author of How to Steal a Presidential Election, join Jeffrey Rosen for a health check on the state of American democracy. They look ahead to potential areas of vulnerability in the run-up to the 2024 election, and identify ways to strengthen our democratic processes in response. This program was streamed live on March 21, 2024, as part of our America’s Town Hall series.

    Resources: 

    Richard L. Hasen, A Real Right to Vote: How a Constitutional Amendment Can Safeguard American Democracy (2024)

    Lawrence Lessig and Matthew Seligman, How to Steal a Presidential Election (2024)

    National Constitution Center’s We the People podcast, “The Supreme Court Says States Can’t Keep Trump Off the Ballot," (March 7, 2024)

    Sarah Isgur and David French, “Indictment Watch: The Supreme Court Decides Whether States Can Disqualify Trump,” Advisory Opinions, The Dispatch (March 5, 2024)

    Richard L. Hasen, “The Supreme Court Just Delivered a Rare Self-Own for John Roberts,” Slate (March 5, 2024)

    Conference Report, “Carter-Baker Commission: 16 Years Later” (2021)


    Amicus brief of Richard L. Hasen, Edward Foley and Ben Ginsburg, Trump v. Anderson




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    • 59 min
    Meet the Facebook Supreme Court

    Meet the Facebook Supreme Court

    As Meta—the parent company of Facebook and Instagram—surpassed 2 billion users in 2019, the company created an independent oversight board to review appeals of the company’s decisions involving content moderation. In this episode, members of Meta’s Oversight Board, Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School and Kenji Yoshino of New York University School of Law, join Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the board’s structure, its key decisions, and its efforts to ensure free and fair elections in advance of the 2024 presidential election. This program was streamed live on April 29, 2024, as part of our America’s Town Hall series. 
     
    Resources: 


    Meta Oversight Board 


    Former President Trump's suspension, Meta Oversight Board decision (2021) 


    Meet the Board 


    Brazilian general's speech, Meta Oversight Board decision (2023) 


    Altered Video of President Biden, Meta Oversight Board decision (2023) 


    Oversight Board Announces New Cases on Israel-Hamas Conflict for Expedited Review (Dec. 2023) 


    United States posts discussing abortion, Meta Oversight Board decision, (2023) 


    Referring to Designated Dangerous Individuals as “Shaheed”, Meta Oversight Board decision, (2023) 


    Cambodian prime minister, Meta Oversight Board decision (2023) 


    Reporting on Pakistani Parliament Speech, Meta Oversight Board decision (2023) 


    How to Appeal to the Oversight Board 

     
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Is President Trump Immune From Prosecution?

    Is President Trump Immune From Prosecution?

    This week the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Trump v. United States, a case that asks whether the former president is immune from criminal prosecution for conduct that occurred during his tenure in office. In this episode, Professor John Yoo of Berkeley Law School and Smita Ghosh of the Constitutional Accountability Center join Jeffrey Rosen to preview the arguments in the case, review the founders’ views on executive immunity, and discuss how the Court might decide this crucial case. 
     
    Resources: 


    Trump v. United States (oral argument via C-SPAN; transcript)

    Constitutional Accountability Center, Smita Ghosh, et al, Brief of Scholars of Constitutional Law in Support of Respondents, Trump v. United States 

    Smita Ghosh, “The Founding Fathers Didn’t Think Trump Should Get Immunity Either,” Newsweek, Feb 8, 2024  

    John Yoo, “The Trump Immunity Case is Weak—But He Doesn’t Need it to Prevail,” Newsweek, Mar 6, 2024  


    Nixon v. Fitzgerald (1982) 


    Blassingame v. Trump (D.C. Cir. 2023) 

     
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    • 52 min
    America’s Most Consequential Elections: From FDR to Reagan

    America’s Most Consequential Elections: From FDR to Reagan

    Michael Gerhardt, author of the new book FDR’s Mentors: Navigating the Path to Greatness, and Andrew Busch, author of Reagan's Victory: The Presidential Election of 1980 and the Rise of the Right, join Jeffrey Rosen to explore the pivotal elections of 1932 and 1980. They compare the transformative presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, and trace how founding-era debates between Hamilton and Jefferson over the scope of federal and executive power re-emerged during the New Deal and Reagan Revolution. This program originally streamed live on April 16, 2024. 
     
    Resources: 

    Michael J. Gerhardt, FDR’s Mentors: Navigating the Path to Greatness (2024) 

    Andrew E. Busch, Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Freedom (2001) 

    Andrew E. Busch, Reagan's Victory: The Presidential Election of 1980 and the Rise of the Right (2005) 

    Andrew E. Busch, The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America’s Founding Document (2007) 


    Friedrich Hayek, “The Road to Serfdom,” Teaching American History (May 21, 2020) 

    Ronald Reagan, Remarks to Commonwealth Club members on March 4, 1983, Reagan Library (July 19, 2018) 

    Franklin D. Roosevelt, Undelivered Address Prepared for Jefferson Day, The American Presidency Project 

     

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Customer Reviews

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999 Ratings

999 Ratings

kat11:27 ,

Will SCOTUS overturn CHEVRON EPISODE

Hi, I am listening to Tim rebut Chris’s point about public accountability. He says that agencies do not allow for accountability to the voters and that is simply not true. Agencies have a very strict administrative rule making process that REQUIRES NOTICE AND COMMENT from the public and only that after that process can the agency begin to write the rules for the legislation. So what is he talking about? There is a process already built in for accountability to the voters. I took an Administrative Law class in grad school and the APA IS SUPER STRICT.

Q: for Tim: Using your logic about the constitutionality of Chevron, do you think judicial review (Marbury v. Madison) should be overturned? This case gave SCOTUS their judicial review power, not the Constitution.

JD.VD.CO ,

Unbiased?

Another publicly funded (or created) outlet that try’s to put forth an “unbiased” show and yet is clearly left. I’ve not heard a single show that doesn’t take the Biden/Democrat side.

Nyarl de la Thotep ,

Isger is bad

I’m just taking a star off my review because most recent episode wastes my time listening to Isger, whom was a lamentable choice for a speaker on the show.

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