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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Fifty-One Imperfect Solutions. We are sometimes so focused upon our national Constitution that we forget that each of the fifty states has a const...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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Lies my Teacher Told Me. We’ve interviewed best-selling author James Loewen several times. This time, we’re talking about the re-issue of his mos...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 53:58
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Commercial Speech. There are many laws regulating advertising. But – wait – advertising is speech. Isn’t that protected by the First Amendment? ...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2020
  • Length: 53:57
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Reconstructing Tennessee. Tennessee was among the first of the seceding states to be occupied by U.S. forces during the Civil War. So the debates...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2020
  • Length: 53:58
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Early Abolitionists. Abolition of slavery was not just a Civil War thing. Indeed, it has been an issue since long before our Constitution was wr...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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The Constitution at War. Stewart was recently out at Montpelier, where David Adler, the Director of Boise State University’s Andrus Center for P...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2020
  • Length: 53:59
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Why did Lincoln save the Union? If the southern states wanted to secede, why didn’t Lincoln simply let them go? One could argue that they were ma...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2020
  • Length: 53:59
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Densho. You’ve heard of the Shoah foundations, haven’t you? They are organizations designed to record and preserve the memories of Holocaust sur...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2020
  • Length: 53:59
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Jane Crow. Have you ever heard of Pauli Murray? Didn’t think so. Neither had we, until Rosalind Rosenberg, a historian at Barnard College, wrote...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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The Color of Law. Do you know the difference between de facto and de jure? They’re Latin terms, the first of which means “in effect,” and the sec...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2020
  • 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: Jul 10, 2020
  • Length: 53:59
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The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide. Constitutional scholar and award-winning author Linda Monk has recently published a book that provides a conc...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 53:59
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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: Jun 26, 2020
  • Length: 53:58
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The Cult of the Constitution. Mary Anne Franks teaches constitutional law at the University of Miami. She’s noticed that some people don’t just a...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
  • 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, th...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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What it Means to be an American, Part II: Stewart's college classmate, Bernice Kiyo Glenn, finishes the fascinating tale of her Japanese-American-...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2020
  • Length: 53:58
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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: May 29, 2020
  • 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: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 53:59
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Patrick Henry of Virginia . . . and Kentucky. As we've discussed before, Patrick Henry was more than just one speech. Indeed, he played an importa...

  • Added: May 15, 2020
  • Length: 53:59