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Your Weekly Constitutional (Subscribable)

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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.


101 Pieces

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Dirty Words and Filthy Pictures. Entertainment lawyer Jeremy Geltzer has written a fascinating book about the history of film censorship in the Un...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Boston University journalism Professor Dick Lehr has written a new book about a film that is perhaps the greatest in American history - and the mos...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Net Neutrality and Free Speech. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission reversed an Obama-era regulation requiring something called “net n...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Physician-Assisted Suicide. Recently, the Court of Appeals of New York rejected a constitutional challenge to that state’s prohibition of physicia...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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Trumping the Emoluments Clauses. Several lawsuits are moving through the courts, claiming the President has violated something called the Emolumen...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
  • Length: 54:02
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James Madison, Human Nature, and Constitutional Design. We’ll speak with Professor Alan Gibson of California State University at Chico, about Jame...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:03
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Me, Too and the Process Due. The Me, Too movement has prompted sudden and dramatic changes in American society. But does it have a dark side? We...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 54:05
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A Politician Thinking. We’ll speak with Professor Jack Rakove, of Stanford University, who has written a new book, A Politician Thinking: The Cre...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 54:03
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Andrew Jackson is such a complicated figure, and such a major subject of current interest, that we’ve decided to do two episodes on him. In Part I,...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 54:02
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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. ...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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All the President’s Nukes. The President, our Commander-in-Chief, has the ultimate authority over whether to use nuclear weapons. Lately, many pe...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 54:01
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Kelo Update. The notorious Kelo decision was handed down more than a decade ago, giving states and localities broad powers of eminent domain. But...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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Commercial Speech. There are many laws regulating advertising. But – wait – advertising is speech. Isn’t that protected by the First Amendment? ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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Just What, Precisely, is Puerto Rico? In the constitutional sense, we mean. Everyone knows that it’s an island, but what is its status under U.S....

  • Added: Nov 22, 2017
  • Length: 54:02
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Nazis and Free Speech after Charlottesville. After the terrible tragedy in Charlottesville, many people are calling for limitations on so-called “...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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Reconstructing Tennessee. Tennessee was among the first of the seceding states to be occupied by U.S. forces during the Civil War. So the debates...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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The Second Amendment after Las Vegas. The Second Amendment protects our right to keep and bear arms. But what, exactly, does that mean? And has ...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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Just Who are these Immigrants, Anyway? Immigration is a very constitutional issue, as well a matter of great political debate. Sometimes, we forg...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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: 53:56
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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...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:00