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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Dirty Words and Filthy Pictures. Entertainment lawyer Jeremy Geltzer has written a fascinating book about the history of film censorship in the Un...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2021
  • Length: 54:20
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The Schoolhouse Gate. We’ll speak with Justin Driver, a law professor from the University of Chicago. Justin is concerned about the extent to whi...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 54:21
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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: Dec 31, 2020
  • 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: Dec 25, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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A.E. “Dick: Howard is the Forrest Gump of constitutional law. Over the past half-century, when governments fell, when new governments arose, when ...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2020
  • Length: 54:25
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Seven Steps toward Revitalizing American Democracy. Many people bemoan the growing gaps in wealth and income in our country, as well as their negat...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2020
  • Length: 54:23
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Steven Waldman has been writing about religion and spirituality for a long time. He is the co-founder of Beliefnet, a website devoted to such issu...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2020
  • Length: 54:22
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The Trials of Nina McCall. Historian Scott W. Stern tells us the shocking story of Nina McCall, one of thousands of women arrested for “suspicion ...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2020
  • Length: 54:25
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Teaching (and Sometimes Rejecting) Hard History. Hilarie Hicks, a senior researcher at Montpelier, often encounters “hard history,” that is, histo...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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Next time on Your Weekly Constitutional. When you go to the doctor to get a checkup, the doctor tells you how you're doing. Recently, James Madison...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2020
  • Length: 54:29
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The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide. Constitutional scholar and award-winning author Linda Monk has recently published a book that provides a concis...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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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 30, 2020
  • 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: Oct 22, 2020
  • Length: 54:23
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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: Oct 15, 2020
  • 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: Oct 08, 2020
  • Length: 54:23
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Untying the Gordian Knot of Immigration. LMU law professor Akram Faizer has an idea of how we might forge a bipartisan compromise of the longstand...

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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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 24, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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Fifty-One Imperfect Solutions. We are sometimes so focused upon our national Constitution that we forget that each of the fifty states has a const...

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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Lies my Teacher Told Me. We’ve interviewed best-selling author James Loewen several times. This time, we’re talking about the re-issue of his mos...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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Commercial Speech. There are many laws regulating advertising. But – wait – advertising is speech. Isn’t that protected by the First Amendment? ...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
  • Purchases: 1