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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This is the continuation of the fascinating story behind an obscure, but vitally-important case from the early 1800’s, which helped define the Amer...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 54:34
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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 13, 2018
  • Length: 54:24
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James Madison’s Stuff. The Curator at Montpelier, Teresa Teixeira, tells us about the ongoing treasure hunt for James and Dolley Madisons’ furnitu...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
  • Purchases: 1
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The Cult of the Constitution. Mary Anne Franks teaches constitutional law at the University of Miami. She’s noticed that some people don’t just a...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 54:25
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The Mere Distinction of Colour. Slavery is an uncomfortable subject, but Montpelier faces it head on. One of the people most involved in doing so...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 54:26
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Next time on Your Weekly Constitutional, Article I, Section X of the United States Constitution requires that all Interstate Compacts be approved b...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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Lincoln and the Immigrant. This week, Stewart sits down with Jason Silverman, who’s written a book on a part of Abraham Lincoln’s career that is o...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 54:26
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The Three Lives of Madison. Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman spoke at the recent President’s Day celebration at Montpelier, where Stewart...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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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: 54:16
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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...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 54:22
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Net Neutrality and Free Speech. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission reversed an Obama-era regulation requiring something called “net n...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 54:26
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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...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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Trumping the Emoluments Clauses. Several lawsuits are moving through the courts, claiming the President has violated something called the Emolumen...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:29
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 54:32
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 54:31
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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,...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 54:19
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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: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
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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...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 54:29
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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...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 54:25
  • Purchases: 1