Your Weekly Constitutional (Subscribable)

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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.


151 Pieces

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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 h...

  • Added: May 07, 2021
  • Length: 54:01
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For the first time, Stewart invites some of his seminar students onto the show to discuss their seminar papers. Jen Bolt has written about the per...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Matt Reeves is the Director of Archaeology at Montpelier. He and Stewart discuss the next big project there: the excavation and eventual reconstru...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2021
  • Length: 54:01
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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 ...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Breaks Interstate Park, the "Grand Canyon of the South," was formed by a compact between the Commonwealths of Kentucky and Virginia. And as Park Di...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2021
  • Length: 54:03
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It's that magical time of year! Carolers, presents, and . . . Bill of Rights Day! It's December 15 - remember? Sure you do. In honor of the 228th A...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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. S...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Closin’ Down Colleges. Professor Pat Baker of the University of Tennessee at Martin has noticed something troubling about small private colleges. ...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Next time on Your Weekly Constitutional. These days it seems that the words "democracy" and "truth" are mutually exclusive, but historian Sophia R...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2021
  • Length: 53:59
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Crushin’ on Jemmy. Constitutional scholar Linda Monk has a confession to make: She has a crush on James Madison. She admires his principled sta...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2021
  • Length: 53:59
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Constitutional Fault Lines. Sanford Levinson is a law professor from Texas who is very critical of our Constitution’s “structural flaws.” We inte...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Reigning in the Deep State. You’ve heard of the so-called Deep State. Is it something nefarious, or just . . . well, unconstitutional? Stewart s...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 53:59
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When They Come for You. Journalist David Kirby tells us how every level of government in the United States violates our civil liberties on a daily...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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Madison’s Hand. A storm’s a-comin’ in the academic world. Actually, it’s been raging for centuries, but it recently intensified. Ever since the...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 53:58
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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...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2021
  • Length: 53:59
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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: 53:58
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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...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2020
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Dec 25, 2020
  • Length: 54:00