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Your Weekly Constitutional
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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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June 11, 2018 11:06 AM PDT

The Supreme Court is deciding three major cases this year involving the constitutional limits of police searches of things from motorcycles to cell phone records. Professor James Stern of William and Mary’s law school brings us up to date.

May 29, 2018 10:12 AM PDT

William Walton and Tony Storey from the University of Northumbria join us for an intriguing discussion of what's happening with Brexit, two years after Britons voted to go their own way. It turns out that breaking up is hard to do.

May 13, 2018 11:17 AM PDT

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on immigration. The problem is that those opinions are often diametrically opposed.

Enter Stewart's colleague at Lincoln Memorial University’s Law School, Akram Faizer. Akram recently published an intriguing article in the Tennessee Law Review in which he suggests that conservatives and liberals might be able to agree on a policy employed by other nations: a much-expanded guest-worker and asylum program -- without a path to either permanent residency or naturalization.

But what about that pesky Fourteenth Amendment? Could guest workers effectively waive the rights of their unborn children to citizenship? Congress could certainly pass a law to that effect, but it would certainly be challenged. No doubt some children of guest workers would eventually object to the denial of what they would consider their constitutional birthright.

Join us for a timely and controversial discussion.

April 22, 2018 05:04 PM PDT

The Curator at Montpelier, Teresa Teixeira, tells us all about the ongoing treasure hunt for James and Dolley Madisons’ furniture, books, and other belongings, most of which were sold after their deaths.

Teresa’s found quite a few items already, but the hunt continues.

April 12, 2018 12:12 PM PDT

Mary Anne Franks teaches constitutional law at the University of Miami. She’s noticed that some people don’t just admire the Constitution, they worship it. Or, at least they worship the parts that they like, parts like the First and Second Amendments.

But there are lots of parts of the Constitution, and many of them are, arguably, just as important as the First and Second Amendments. How should we balance them all?

Join Mary Anne and Stewart for a fascinating and enlightening conversation about how modern Americans view their most basic law.

April 03, 2018 04:28 AM PDT

Elizabeth Chew is the Vice President of Museum Programs at James Madison's Montpelier. In this episode, she joins Stewart in the Potter Family Studios to talk about what Montpelier has done with patriotic philanthropist David Rubenstein's recent ten-million-dollar gift. Short version: a lot, including reconstruction of several slave quarters and the creation of a remarkable new exhibit, "The Mere Distinction of Colour."

March 25, 2018 08:24 AM PDT

Breaks Interstate Park, the "Grand Canyon of the South," was formed by a compact between the Commonwealths of Kentucky and Virginia. And as Park Director Austin Bradley tells us, that compact required congressional approval.

Austin also tells us about an upcoming PBS documentary on the park. You won't want to miss it, especially since it includes Stewart's movie debut.

Join us!

March 22, 2018 01:59 PM PDT

Jason Silverman has done something rare: he's actually found something new to say about Abraham Lincoln.

Jason is the Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr. Professor of History, Emeritus, at Winthrop University. His new book, "Lincoln and the Immigrant," explores Lincoln's attitudes and actions toward those who made their way to our shores in the mid-Nineteenth Century.

This is history, of course, but Jason thinks that perhaps Lincoln has something to say to us about immigration today.

March 20, 2018 11:58 AM PDT

You meet the nicest people at Montpelier. That definitely includes Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, who has just published a new, comprehensive biography of James Madison.

Noah recently sat down with Stewart in the Potter Family Studios at Montpelier, and talked all about Madison's life. As a bonus, Noah's son, Jaemin, joined the conversation -- and he didn't always agree with Dad.

March 18, 2018 04:57 PM PDT

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission reversed an Obama-era regulation requiring something called “net neutrality.”

What, precisely, is “net neutrality,” and how might it affect free speech? Turns out, nobody’s sure, but it could be “a lot.”

We’ll speak with Roy Gutterman, the Director of Syracuse University’s Tully Center for Free Speech. We'll also speak with Daniel Lyons of Boston College Law School.

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