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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American Concentration Camp. Join Stewart and his older son, Tom, on a visit to Manzanar, where Japanese-Americans were incarcerated, en masse, dur...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2016
  • Length: 54:29
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Entertainment lawyer Jeremy Geltzer has written a fascinating book about the history of film censorship in the United States. It's called "Dirty Wo...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2016
  • Length: 54:25
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Stewart Harris talks not about the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies, but about the REAL constitutional case that gave rise to it. Stewart int...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2016
  • Length: 54:33
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It’s been over six months since Associate Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, yet still his chair on the Supreme Court bench is empty. Is the Sena...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
  • 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, ...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2016
  • Length: 54:28
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The Constitution gives the President wide powers over foreign affairs, powers which the President typically exercises through his Secretary of Stat...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2016
  • Length: 54:23
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You’ve seen the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Perhaps you’ve visited. But did you know that there is an entire university that was built in mem...

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  • Added: Sep 16, 2016
  • Length: 54:31
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Next up: The First Amendment and the Donald. If there are any limits on the protection that the First Amendment provides to political speech, Don...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2016
  • Length: 54:20
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Why music? Well, let’s remind ourselves that a written constitution is just a piece of paper unless government leaders and, ultimately, the people...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2016
  • Length: 54:25
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Was it constitutional for President Obama to kill Osama bin Laden? How about Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen living in Yemen? The answers are ...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2016
  • Length: 54:27
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There are lots of bad guys out there. And lots of people who could be bad guys. And other guys . . . well, we're not so sure about them. But can th...

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2016
  • Length: 54:22
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President Obama wants to formalize the longstanding practice of the U.S. government allowing millions of undocumented aliens to remain in the Unite...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2016
  • Length: 54:21
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You may have heard of something called “Title IX.” But what, precisely, is it? It seems to have something to do with sports, or perhaps with sexu...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2016
  • Length: 54:28
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This week we revisit the European Union (or what’s left of it) with Part II of “Brexit, OMG!” Join us for a conversation with British law professo...

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  • Added: Jul 29, 2016
  • Length: 54:25
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Well, it’s happened. We didn’t think it would happen, but it has. No, we’re not talking about the nomination of Donald Trump. We’re talking abou...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2016
  • Length: 54:20
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You’ve heard of Confederates. But have you heard of “Confederados?” The terms are related, but as the different spelling suggests, there’s a ling...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2016
  • Length: 54:24
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What does baseball have to do with constitutional law? Quite a bit, it turns out. Stewart will explain it to you, along with YWC’s Executive Prod...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2016
  • Length: 54:31
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You’ve heard of Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, who famously asked her husband to “remember the ladies” when he and his fellow revolutionaries d...

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  • Added: Jul 01, 2016
  • Length: 54:28
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We tend to think of constitutional cases as happening “out there, somewhere.” But they can arise anywhere the Constitution applies, and it applies...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2016
  • Length: 54:23
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