We're working on a new version of PRX. Want a sneak peek?

Your Weekly Constitutional

Series produced by WETS

Series image

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.
Hide full description

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


72 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Piece image
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...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 54:24
Piece image
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...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
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...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 54:23
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
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...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 54:29
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
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...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 54:25
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Densho. You’ve heard of the Shoah foundations, haven’t you? They are organizations designed to record and preserve the memories of Holocaust sur...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Lithuania! As we discussed last week, Stewart’s wife, Priscilla Harris, is currently on a Fulbright Scholarship at Vilnius University in Lithuania...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 54:21
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
A Fulbright Scholar at Vilnius University. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William ...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
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...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
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...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 54:20
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Andrew Jackson, Part I. Old Hickory has been much in the news lately, with many people drawing comparisons between him and our current President. ...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Cherokee People? Cherokee Tribe? Whether they are called Indigenous People, Native Americans, or American Indians, people whose ancestors lived i...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 54:25
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
The Dancing Deputy. Ever heard of Deuntay Diggs? He’s a Watch Commander at the Sherriff’s Office in Stafford County, Virginia. As part of his du...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Jane Crow. Have you ever heard of Pauli Murray? Didn’t think so. Neither had we, until Rosalind Rosenberg, a historian at Barnard College, wrote...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio) and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 54:24
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Barron, Baltimore, and the Bill of Rights, Part II. This is the continuation of the fascinating story behind an obscure, but vitally-important cas...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio) and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 54:29
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Barron, Baltimore, and the Bill of Rights, Part I. Some important constitutional cases grab your attention automatically – think Dred Scott or Roe...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
If you're a public radio listener, you've heard of BJ Leiderman. Hundreds of times. He's that fellow whose name is announced at the end of so many ...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Apr 14, 2017
  • Length: 54:29
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
The Right Wrong Man. There aren’t many Nazi war criminals left to punish. But one of the last to be brought to justice is also among the most fasc...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 54:24
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Montpelier Summit: Congress, the Courts, and the Separation of Powers. The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier does many imp...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Next up: Locked In. All across these United States, we put lots and lots of people in jail. Is that a good thing? Or are there costs, not all of ...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 54:23
  • Purchases: 1