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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.


70 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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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
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Barron, Baltimore, and the Bill of Rights, Part II. This is the continuation of the fascinating story behind an obscure, but vitally-important cas...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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 21, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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If you're a public radio listener, you've heard of BJ Leiderman. Hundreds of times. He's that fellow whose name is announced at the end of so many ...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
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The Right Wrong Man. There aren’t many Nazi war criminals left to punish. But one of the last to be brought to justice is also among the most fasc...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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Montpelier Summit: Congress, the Courts, and the Separation of Powers. The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier does many im...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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Next up: Locked In. All across these United States, we put lots and lots of people in jail. Is that a good thing? Or are there costs, not all of ...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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Academic Freedom and Free Speech. We’ve discussed free speech on campus before, focusing upon the threats posed by “political correctness.” But a...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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Gerrymandering and Authoritarianism. Sometimes we start an interview thinking that we’re going to talk about one thing, and then the conversation ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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The 25th Amendment. What happens if the President dies or resigns? What happens if he goes crazy? Our original Constitution was a little bit vag...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2017
  • Length: 54:00