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.


103 Pieces

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Montpelier Summit: Congress, the Courts, and the Separation of Powers. The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier does many im...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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Next up: Locked In. All across these United States, we put lots and lots of people in jail. Is that a good thing? Or are there costs, not all of ...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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 ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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 ...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:10
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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...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2017
  • Length: 54:02
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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 ...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 54:01
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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 ...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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, ...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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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 ...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 54:02
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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...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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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 ...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2016
  • Length: 54:01
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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...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2016
  • Length: 54:02
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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: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 54:00