Your Weekly Constitutional (Subscribable)

Series produced by WETS

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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.


99 Pieces

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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
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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...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2016
  • Length: 54:01
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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...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 54:09
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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...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2016
  • Length: 54:02
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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...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2016
  • Length: 54:05
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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...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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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, ...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2016
  • Length: 54:01
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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...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2016
  • Length: 53:59