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Your Weekly Constitutional

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Your Weekly Constitutional is a public radio show and podcast that focuses upon interesting and controversial issues in constitutional law, from gay rights to gun rights. Produced in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier, it features interviews with knowledgeable lawyers, scholars, and others about current and historical topics, including church-state relations, states' rights, and even the constitutionality of secession.

Your Weekly Constitutional is a public radio show and podcast that focuses upon interesting and controversial issues in constitutional law, from gay rights to gun rights. Produced in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier, it features interviews with knowledgeable lawyers, scholars, and others about current and historical topics, including church-state relations, states' rights, and even the constitutionality of secession.

YWC's host is Stewart Harris, an award-winning law professor who loves to talk about the Constitution in a fun, accessible way that everyone can understand. He's spoken with many fascinating people, including United States Senator Rand Paul, a leading critic of the Federal Reserve, former Governor Beverly Perdue of North Carolina, who led her state's efforts to compensate victims of forced sterilization, and John Bellinger, the former Legal Advisor to the National Security Council.

We've also spoken with a few less-serious guests, including Peter Sagal of NPR's hugely popular news quiz show, "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!"


Our most popular feature is our Constitutional Quiz, in which we test the knowledge of some of our braver listeners. Would you like to be a contestant? C'mon, it's fun! Please email us at ywc@montpelier.org. All contestants receive a pocket Constitution from James Madison's Montpelier, and winners receive a YWC T-shirt.

ATTENTION, STATIONS: “Your Weekly Constitutional” is now “NPR-friendly;” that is, compatible with NPR newscasts. The program is now in seven segments., with a total program time of 54:00.

Segment One is a one-minute billboard, airing before the NPR newscast.
Segment Two is program content, beginning after the newscast.
Segment Three is a 30-second music bed, occurring at approximately 20:00 in the hour.
Segment Four is program content.
Segment Five is a 30-second music bed, occurring at approximately 40:00 in the hour.
Segment Six is program content.
Segment Seven is a dry promo for the program.

“Your Weekly Constitutional” is produced by WETS-FM in cooperation with the home of the Constitution, James Madison’s Montpelier, and is FREE to all stations. For more information, custom promos, or other materials, contact executive producer Wayne Winkler at 423.439.6441 or winklerw@etsu.edu. You may also want to audition “Your Daily Constitutional,” a daily 90-second module, also FREE to all stations.
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Your Weekly Constitutional is a public radio show and podcast that focuses upon interesting and controversial issues in constitutional law, from gay rights to gun rights. Produced in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier, it features interviews with knowledgeable lawyers, scholars, and others about current and historical topics, including church-state relations, states' rights, and even the constitutionality of secession. YWC's host is Stewart Harris, an award-winning law professor who loves to talk about the Constitution in a fun, accessible way that everyone can understand. He's spoken with many fascinating people, including United States Senator Rand Paul, a leading critic of the Federal Reserve, former Governor Beverly Perdue of North Carolina, who led her state's efforts... Show full description


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Patrick Henry of Virginia . . . and Kentucky. As we've discussed before, Patrick Henry was more than just one speech. Indeed, he played an importa...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 54:19
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A Conversation with Kat Imhoff. Kat Imhoff has been the President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier for five years. During that time, she’s r...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:24
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Constitution Day, 2017! Join Stewart as he wanders the beautiful house and grounds of Montpelier, talking to guests, staff, and even Mr. Madison h...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:25
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Next up: Gerrymandering and Authoritarianism. Sometimes we start an interview thinking that we’re going to talk about one thing, and then the conve...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
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What happens if the President dies or resigns? What happens if he goes, well, nuts? Our original Constitution was a little bit vague on those subje...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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We’ve spoken with Elizabeth Dowling Taylor before, about her groundbreaking book “A Slave in the White House.” Well, Beth has kept on writing, and ...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 54:31
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Impeached! Talk of impeachment is increasingly common these days. But is it justified? What, precisely, is impeachment, and what are the standar...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 54:26
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The Constitution at War. Stewart was recently out at Montpelier, where David Adler, the Director of Boise State University’s Andrus Center for P...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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Why did Lincoln save the Union? If the southern states wanted to secede, why didn’t Lincoln simply let them go? One could argue that they were ma...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
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What it Means to be an American, Part II: Stewart's college classmate, Bernice Kiyo Glenn, finishes the fascinating tale of her Japanese-American-...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
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What Does it Mean to be an American? Well, it means lots of different things, depending upon whom you talk to and whom you’re talking about. This...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 54:24
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Presidential Immunity and a Democracy Café Update. Can you sue the President of the United States? Sure. But will a court hear the case? In leg...

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 54:30
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The Death of Caesar. Julius Caesar died over two thousand years ago, on March 15, 44 BCE. So why are we talking about him now? Well, because our...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 54:23
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The Color of Law. Do you know the difference between de facto and de jure? They’re Latin terms, the first of which means “in effect,” and the sec...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 54:29
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Brexit Revisited. It’s been a year since the historic referendum in favor of Brexit, the British Exit from the European Union. But while negotiat...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 54:25
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Densho. You’ve heard of the Shoah foundations, haven’t you? They are organizations designed to record and preserve the memories of Holocaust sur...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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Lithuania! As we discussed last week, Stewart’s wife, Priscilla Harris, is currently on a Fulbright Scholarship at Vilnius University in Lithuania...

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 54:21
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A Fulbright Scholar at Vilnius University. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William ...

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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Early Abolitionists. Abolition of slavery was not just a Civil War thing. Indeed, it has been an issue since long before our Constitution was wr...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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Andrew Jackson, Part II. Andrew Jackson is such a complicated figure, and such a major subject of current interest, that we’ve decided to do two e...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 54:20
  • Purchases: 1