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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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: Mar 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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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: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:26
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2017
  • Length: 54:27
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Lincoln the Lawyer. Abraham Lincoln saw us through the greatest constitutional crisis in our history. But he was more than 50 years old when he b...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
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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 ...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:37
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Spreading like a Weed. Every year it seems that more states legalize marijuana in one form or another. Could the national government be next? Or...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:25
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Patrick Henry of Virginia . . . and Kentucky. Patrick Henry was much more than just one speech. He was, indeed, one of the most important voices ...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2017
  • Length: 54:23
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Goin’ Canadian. Ever heard of the Privilege and Immunities Clauses? Yep, there are two of them, and if you’ve never heard of them, it’s understan...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 54:28
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Burning the Flag. Our new President has called for jail time, and perhaps a loss of citizenship, for Americans who burn the American flag. Would ...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 54:24
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The Slave Trail of Tears. Most of us have heard about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, one of the worst aspects of African-American slavery. But wh...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:23
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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: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:23
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Electoral Reform. In 2016, for the second time in sixteen years, a presidential candidate prevailed in the Electoral College while losing the popu...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2016
  • Length: 54:26
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We’ve talked about women’s suffrage many times before (check our podcast site if you don’t believe us). But this is the first episode in which we ...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2016
  • Length: 54:22
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We all learned in grade school that Abraham Lincoln “saved the Union.” But, in saving our nation, did he destroy our Constitution? He did some pr...

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 54:28
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If you’ve ever been in far western Kentucky, near Hopkinsville, you may have noticed something strange rising from the cornfields: it looks like t...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2016
  • Length: 54:21
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The Most Dredd-ful Chief Justice. Ever heard of the Dredd Scott decision? The one that declared that slaves weren't actually people? It's often ...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2016
  • Length: 54:26
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This week we complete our two-part episode on What it Means to Be an American. Join us for the compelling conclusion of our interview with Bernice...

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  • Added: Nov 25, 2016
  • Length: 54:29
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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...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 54:25
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We like to talk about the Framers of our Constitution in semi-religious terms, as if they possessed perfect wisdom and always had our best interest...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2016
  • Length: 54:22
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We hope that you vote on November 8. But we really hope that you cast an informed vote – a vote based upon real understanding of the facts and iss...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 54:32
  • Purchases: 1