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Your Weekly Constitutional

Series produced by WETS

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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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A Fulbright Scholar at Vilnius University. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William ...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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Robocop . . . is Here. Remember that old Eighties flick, Robocop? It was about a real cop who was killed in the line of duty, then resurrected as...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 54:26
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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
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Andrew Jackson, Part I. Old Hickory has been much in the news lately, with many people drawing comparisons between him and our current President. ...

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

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  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 54:25
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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...

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  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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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...

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

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

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 54:30
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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 ...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2017
  • Length: 54:29
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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...

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

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
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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 ...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 54:23
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Academic Freedom and Free Speech. We’ve discussed free speech on campus before, focusing upon the threats posed by “political correctness.” But a...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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Gerrymandering and Authoritarianism. Sometimes we start an interview thinking that we’re going to talk about one thing, and then the conversation ...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:26
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The 25th Amendment. What happens if the President dies or resigns? What happens if he goes crazy? Our original Constitution was a little bit vag...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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Lincoln the Lawyer. Abraham Lincoln saw us through the greatest constitutional crisis in our history. But he was more than 50 years old when he b...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
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The Original Black Elite. We’ve spoken with Elizabeth Dowling Taylor before, about her book “A Slave in the White House.” Well, Beth has kept on ...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:37
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Spreading like a Weed. Every year it seems that more states legalize marijuana in one form or another. Could the national government be next? Or...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:25
  • Purchases: 1