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.


102 Pieces

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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: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 53:58
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Second Amendment Update, 2019. Lincoln Memorial University’s law school recently hosted a symposium on the Second Amendment. Stewart introduced s...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:01
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Satan Update 2019. Well, he’s at it again: Beelzebub and his minions are showing up at public buildings, demanding equal space with other religio...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Juries, the Tennessee Constitution, and Tort Reform. “Tort Reform” takes many different forms. One way to “reform” tort law is to limit the damag...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Marijuana Update, 2019. Prohibition is a very constitutional subject, the focus of both the 18th and the 21st Amendments. Howard Wooldridge of Ci...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Mary Anne Franks teaches constitutional law at the University of Miami. She’s noticed that some people don’t just admire the Constitution, they wor...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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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: Jan 04, 2019
  • Length: 53:59
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Resurrecting Montpelier. Jennifer Wilkoski Glass has one of the coolest jobs in the world: she’s part detective, part architect. She figures out...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Sunday, December 23: Say What? Colleges and universities are supposed to be dedicated to the generation and dissemination of knowledge. They can...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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This week, Stewart talks to Sayu Bhojwani of New American Leaders, about her new book, “People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Demo...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 54:02
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ERA . . . in VA? Remember the ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment proposed in the Seventies designed to guarantee equal rights for women? It was neve...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Montpelier’s Mission. Dennis Kernahan is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Montpelier Foundation, the nonprofit that operates James Madis...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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 Madis...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 54:04
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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. ...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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: Nov 01, 2018
  • Length: 54:03
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Does it seem to you that the United States is perpetually at war? How did that happen? What, if anything, can we do about it? Stewart was recently...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 54:02
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Immigration is a very constitutional issue, as well a matter of great political debate. Sometimes, we forget that it is also a human issue. Join us...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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: Oct 04, 2018
  • Length: 53:59