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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Marijuana Update, 2019. Prohibition is a very constitutional subject, the focus of both the 18th and the 21st Amendments. Howard Wooldridge of Ci...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:29
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Mary Anne Franks teaches constitutional law at the University of Miami. She’s noticed that some people don’t just admire the Constitution, they wor...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 54:24
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Teaching (and Sometimes Rejecting) Hard History. Hilarie Hicks, a senior researcher at Montpelier, often encounters “hard history,” that is, histo...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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Resurrecting Montpelier. Jennifer Wilkoski Glass has one of the coolest jobs in the world: she’s part detective, part architect. She figures out...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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Sunday, December 23: Say What? Colleges and universities are supposed to be dedicated to the generation and dissemination of knowledge. They can...

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  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 54:29
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This week, Stewart talks to Sayu Bhojwani of New American Leaders, about her new book, “People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Demo...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 1
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ERA . . . in VA? Remember the ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment proposed in the Seventies designed to guarantee equal rights for women? It was neve...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:24
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Montpelier’s Mission. Dennis Kernahan is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Montpelier Foundation, the nonprofit that operates James Madis...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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Hanna Scruggs of James Madison’s Montpelier will tell us about the ongoing project to connect with the descendants of the Madisons’ enslaved commun...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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Lincoln’s Apple. Each year, Lincoln Memorial University hosts the R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture, focused upon some aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s life. ...

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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We've all heard of the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans were barred from most restaurants, gas stations and hotels in the South. Did you ever w...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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Does it seem to you that the United States is perpetually at war? How did that happen? What, if anything, can we do about it? Stewart was recently...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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Immigration is a very constitutional issue, as well a matter of great political debate. Sometimes, we forget that it is also a human issue. Join us...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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Recently, the Court of Appeals of New York rejected a constitutional challenge to that state’s prohibition of physician-assisted suicide. Should y...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2018
  • Length: 54:25
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The Tango War. Article II of the Constitution gives the President virtually unfettered authority over foreign affairs and the conduct of war. Fra...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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Double Jeopardy. Melanie Reid teaches criminal law and procedure at Lincoln Memorial University’s law school. Recently, she wrote an article on a...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2018
  • Length: 54:26
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Legal Aid and Access to Justice. If you’re accused of a crime and you can’t afford a lawyer, you have a right to a state-appointed public defender...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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Old Civil Right Cases Never Die. You may never have heard of Elbert Williams. We aim to fix that. Because Elbert Williams deserves to be remembe...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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You meet the nicest people at Montpelier. That definitely includes Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, who has just published a new, compreh...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:25
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If the southern states wanted to secede, why didn’t Lincoln simply let them go? One could argue that they were making the same democratic decision ...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2018
  • Length: 54:24
  • Purchases: 1