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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.


87 Pieces

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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
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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...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:01
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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...

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

  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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 ...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 54:02
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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...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 54:02
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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...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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-...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 54:02
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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...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 54:00