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.


102 Pieces

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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: 54:04
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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...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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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...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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