Your Weekly Constitutional

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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.

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.

YWC's host is Stewart Harris, an award-winning law professor who loves to talk about the Constitution in a fun, accessible way that everyone can understand. He's spoken with many fascinating people, including United States Senator Rand Paul, a leading critic of the Federal Reserve, former Governor Beverly Perdue of North Carolina, who led her state's efforts to compensate victims of forced sterilization, and John Bellinger, the former Legal Advisor to the National Security Council.

We've also spoken with a few less-serious guests, including Peter Sagal of NPR's hugely popular news quiz show, "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!"


Our most popular feature is our Constitutional Quiz, in which we test the knowledge of some of our braver listeners. Would you like to be a contestant? C'mon, it's fun! Please email us at ywc@montpelier.org. All contestants receive a pocket Constitution from James Madison's Montpelier, and winners receive a YWC T-shirt.

ATTENTION, STATIONS: “Your Weekly Constitutional” is now “NPR-friendly;” that is, compatible with NPR newscasts. The program is now in seven segments., with a total program time of 54:00.

Segment One is a one-minute billboard, airing before the NPR newscast.
Segment Two is program content, beginning after the newscast.
Segment Three is a 30-second music bed, occurring at approximately 20:00 in the hour.
Segment Four is program content.
Segment Five is a 30-second music bed, occurring at approximately 40:00 in the hour.
Segment Six is program content.
Segment Seven is a dry promo for the program.

“Your Weekly Constitutional” is produced by WETS-FM in cooperation with the home of the Constitution, James Madison’s Montpelier, and is FREE to all stations. For more information, custom promos, or other materials, contact executive producer Wayne Winkler at 423.439.6441 or winklerw@etsu.edu. You may also want to audition “Your Daily Constitutional,” a daily 90-second module, also FREE to all stations.
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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. YWC's host is Stewart Harris, an award-winning law professor who loves to talk about the Constitution in a fun, accessible way that everyone can understand. He's spoken with many fascinating people, including United States Senator Rand Paul, a leading critic of the Federal Reserve, former Governor Beverly Perdue of North Carolina, who led her state's efforts... Show full description


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I'm Wayne Winkler, Executive Producer of Your Weekly Constitutional. After a decade of broadcasting, Your Weekly Constitutional is ending producti...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2021
  • Length: 54:21
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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...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2021
  • Length: 54:27
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2021
  • Length: 54:28
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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 ...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2021
  • Length: 54:27
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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...

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  • Added: May 28, 2021
  • Length: 54:24
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Me, Too and the Process Due. The Me, Too movement has prompted sudden and dramatic changes in American society. But does it have a dark side? We...

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  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 54:26
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Cherokee People? Cherokee Tribe? Whether they are called Indigenous People, Native Americans, or American Indians, people whose ancestors lived i...

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  • Added: May 14, 2021
  • Length: 54:25
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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...

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  • Added: May 07, 2021
  • Length: 54:29
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2021
  • Length: 54:26
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2021
  • Length: 54:26
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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 ...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2021
  • Length: 54:25
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2021
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 54:24
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 54:26
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:24
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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. ...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 54:24
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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: 54:26
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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...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2021
  • Length: 54:28
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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...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:24
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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...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 54:26
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