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    Reconstruction Amendments

    Professor Pamela Brandwein, author of Rethinking the Judicial Settlement of Reconstruction, talked about the Reconstruction Amendments - the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the U.S.…

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    After Words with Carol Berkin

    Carol Berkin, history professor at Baruch College, examines the motivations for the creation of the Bill of Rights, and the debates that it spurred, which are echoed today. She speaks…

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    Voting Rights and the 14th Amendment

    Panelists talked about how the end of the Civil War led to the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and eventually the 15th…

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    21st Century Freedoms

    Liberal, conservative, and libertarian panelists talked about how the Bill of Rights applies to contemporary debates over freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and other issues. …

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer responses to the question: “Why do you own guns?” The question was drawn from a study led by Columbia University Professor Bindu Kalesan…

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    Ilya Somin on Eminent Domain

    Ilya Somin talked about The Grasping Hand: “Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain.” The book is about the 2005 Supreme Court ruling that allowed the…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer responses to the question, “What is your view of the death penalty?” The question was drawn from the Supreme Court ruling allowing the…

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    Magna Carta Legal Heritage

    Baroness Brenda Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, delivered the Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual lecture. The topic was the shared legal…

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    Book Discussion on The Constitution

    Michael Stokes Paulsen, with his son Luke, talked about their book, The Constitution: An Introduction.

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    Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego Oral Argument

    An en banc 11-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego. The case, consolidated with Adam Richards v. County of Yolo,…

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    Independence Hall Assembly Room

    National Park Service Park Ranger Matthew Ifill told the story of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention from the room inside Independence Hall where the events…

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    Presidents and the Constitution

    Harold Bruff, author of Untrodden Ground: How Presidents Interpret the Constitution, talked about how Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, George Bush, and Barack Obama…

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    Freedom of Speech

    Panelists talked about the differences between liberal and conservative interpretations of freedom of speech. Topics included free speech on college campuses, campaign donation privacy…

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    Book Discussion on The Law of the Land

    Akhil Reed Amar talked about his book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic, about the way geography impacts the way the American Constitution is interpreted and…

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    Book Discussion on Our Lost Constitution

    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) talked about his book Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document, in which he examines portions of the U.S. Constitution that…

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    Book Discussion on Freedom of Speech

    David Shipler talked about his book, Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword, and responded to questions from the audience. He spoke in the James Michener Non-Fiction Pavilion at the…

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    Presidential War Powers

    Panelists talked about the legal framework surrounding the use of military force abroad, including the president’s power to conduct military operations without additional…

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    Congress and the PATRIOT Act

    Tim Mak talked about several key provisions of the PATRIOT Act, which were set to expire in June 2015, as well as arguments for and against over renewing them. The act was passed in…

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    National Constitution Center Signer's Hall

    Jeffrey Rosen gave a tour of the permanent exhibit of 42 bronze statues of America’s Founding Fathers, and talked about the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

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    Glossip v. Gross Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Glossip v. Gross. The case concerns whether the use of the drug midazolam in lethal injection executions violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban…

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