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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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...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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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 conc...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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Barbara Johns Day. Virginia recently enacted “Barbara Johns Day” to celebrate the bravery of a young girl who, in the early 1950’s, led a student ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2020
  • Length: 54:25
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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...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence Not just the “all men are created equal” stuff - have you read the whole thing If you have, th...

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2020
  • Length: 54:28
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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: Jun 05, 2020
  • Length: 54:22
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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: May 29, 2020
  • Length: 54:25
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Talkin’ with the Prez. Have you ever heard of the Miller Center of the University of Virginia? We didn’t think so. But perhaps you should have, ...

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  • Added: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 54:23
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Patrick Henry of Virginia . . . and Kentucky. As we've discussed before, Patrick Henry was more than just one speech. Indeed, he played an importa...

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  • Added: May 15, 2020
  • Length: 54:21
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The Original Black Elite. We’ve spoken with Elizabeth Dowling Taylor before, about her book “A Slave in the White House.” Well, Beth has kept on wr...

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  • Added: May 07, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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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 ...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2020
  • Length: 54:23
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2020
  • Length: 54:30
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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This is Part Two of a two-part episode. In Part One, we told you about Kristine Bunch, who experienced the worst thing that could happen to any pa...

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2020
  • Length: 54:25
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Kristine Bunch experienced the worst thing that could happen to any parent: the death of her son, Tony. But then things got worse. Much worse. ...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2020
  • Length: 54:27
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Next time on Your Weekly Constitutional...comparisons are tricky things. Many people compare our current president Donald Trump to Andrew Jackson. ...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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How to Save the Supreme Court. Ganesh Sitaraman teaches constitutional law at Vanderbilt University. Like many of us, he is troubled by current p...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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“Domestic terrorism” has been in the news a lot lately. Many of the mass shootings we’ve recently experienced seem to have been motivated, at leas...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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The First Impeachment. Nope. Not Andrew Johnson. It's a guy named William Blount, who was kicked out of the United States Senate more than two hund...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2020
  • Length: 54:29
  • Purchases: 2