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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.


79 Pieces

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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
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Lithuania! As we discussed last week, Stewart’s wife, Priscilla Harris, is currently on a Fulbright Scholarship at Vilnius University in Lithuania...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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: 54:00
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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...

  • 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...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 54:01
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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: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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Cherokee People? Cherokee Tribe? Whether they are called Indigenous People, Native Americans, or American Indians, people whose ancestors lived i...

  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 53:57