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Category: News & Politics
Location: Virginia, USA
Produced in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier, Your Weekly Constitutional is a public radio show featuring lively discussion of controversial constitutional topics, from Gay Rights to Gun Rights. Find us on Facebook and iTunes!
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February 27, 2015 05:25 PM PST

When former Marine pilot Ralph Stewart decided to retire from his job with a major airline, he chose to live in a scenic area he'd noticed from his cockpit window: Northeast Tennessee.

What he didn't realize is that he'd bought a one-way ticket to the Bible Belt, where the Constitution is sometimes interpreted somewhat . . . differently . . . than it is elsewhere. He figured it out on his first trip to the local courthouse, where he was confronted with some constitutional history that didn't seem quite accurate to him. That's where our story begins.

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February 20, 2015 02:32 AM PST

Tort reform is largely seen as a conservative cause, but Brian Brooks, a Reagan-voting, free-enterprise-defending Arkansas attorney, sees it differently. He thinks that tort reform undercuts some fundamental conservative, and constitutional, values.

Join us for an unexpected and enlightening discussion!

February 13, 2015 04:08 AM PST

Mark S. Weiner tells us all about what happens in the absence of a strong, capable government. It's not pure anarchy. It's . . . The Rule of the Clan.

February 06, 2015 02:48 PM PST

We speak with author David O. Stewart about his newest book, "Madison's Gift," which illuminates a part of James Madison's life that was central to his success: his ability to form strong, productive partnerships.

There's more than one life lesson here.

January 30, 2015 04:38 AM PST

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 wonder how black people were able to travel during that time?

One resource they used was The Negro Motorist Green Book, a guide to those places where they could find food, shelter, and a friendly face during a very unfriendly era.

Join us for an enlightening discussion with law professor Alfred Brophy, who’s done extensive research on The Green Book and who has a lot to tell us about it.

January 23, 2015 06:01 AM PST

Ever heard of Frederick Douglass? Sure you have. But how about his contemporary and fellow ex-slave and abolitionist, William Wells Brown?

No? Well, now you have, and you’ll learn even more through our discussion with Ezra Greenspan, the author of a new biography.

June 14, 2014 06:02 AM PDT

Is there too much money in politics? Ben Cohen certainly thinks so. So he and some like-minded friends have started a group called "Stamp Stampede" aimed at amending the Constitution. They want to overturn the notorious Citizen's United case and other Supreme Court cases that equate money with free speech.

Never heard of Ben Cohen? Sure you have. But probably not by himself. Instead, you've seen only his first name, during some of your happiest moments, displayed beside the name of his partner, Jerry.

This episode is sweet.

June 27, 2014 04:40 AM PDT

Love him or hate him (and, either way, you have lots of company) Ronald Reagan was, and continues to be, an important figure in American constitutional history.

We'll speak with Justin Garrison, a professor at Roanoke College in Virginia, who's written a balanced, fascinating, readable book called "An Empire of Ideals: the Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan." Justin is that rare scholar who not only writes well, but also speaks well. He's even funny and charming - kinda like Ronald Reagan was.

Justin's book is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Ideals-Imagination-Routledge-Governance/dp/0415818486.

January 02, 2015 07:41 AM PST

You've seen nasty posts on Facebook and other social media. Perhaps you've posted a few - ahem - regrettable things yourself. Can one of those posts put you in the slammer?

The answer is yes. If you post something called a "true threat," you may find yourself in handcuffs. But how do we define a "true threat?" That's what Anthony Elonis is arguing about, right now, in the United States Supreme Court.

Join us! And, in the meantime, be nice.

December 26, 2014 07:22 AM PST

Earlier this year, we spoke with Mary Kent Whittaker, a teacher at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina, and several of her students, about an attempt to remove a book from her Honors English curriculum. The book at issue was "The House of the Spirits," by Isabel Allende.

Since our original episode, Ms. Whittaker received several additional awards, both local and state-wide. And Ms. Allende was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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