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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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April 29, 2016 03:00 AM PDT

What's going on in North Carolina? Paypal is cancelling expansion plans, other state governments are refusing to visit, and Bruce Springsteen -- Springsteen! -- has cancelled a concert.

Apparently, our good friends in NC are now at ground zero in the culture war, which increasingly pits rural Republicans against urban Democrats. The city of Charlotte passed an antidiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBT rights, and the state called a special legislative session to repeal it. Governor McCrory immediately signed the repeal statute. Apparently, the big issue is the use of public bathrooms by transgendered people. Oh, boy . . . or, perhaps we should say, oh, girl . . . .

April 14, 2016 07:37 AM PDT

In this extraordinary election year of 2016 we keep hearing a lot of dark references to “populism” on both the left and the right. But what does “populism” mean, and why does it have such a negative connotation? Aren’t we a popular democracy? And isn’t democracy good?

Woody Holton, a University of South Carolina history professor, thinks that democracy is, in fact, a good thing - at least sometimes. He’s even written a book about it: "Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution."

Woody’s story contrasts with the history you probably learned in high school, where George Washington, James Madison and a few other rich guys did all the heavy lifting. As it turns out, they had lots of help.

March 12, 2016 04:40 AM PST

The death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has led to a titanic political and constitutional struggle between the President and Congress. Will the Constitution dictate an outcome? Or will the political process offer the only hope of a resolution?

Join Stewart and Professor James P. Melcher of the University of Maine at Farmington as they address the question: what will happen After Scalia?

March 04, 2016 08:17 AM PST

To be President of the United States, the Constitution requires you to be a "natural born Citizen." But what does that mean? Specifically, what does it mean for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz?

The answer may surprise you. Join us for a fascinating discussion with two law professors who'll tell us all about it. And don't forget your birth certificate.

February 26, 2016 06:51 AM PST

It's been six years since the Supreme Court has ruled on a Second Amendment case. What's up with that?

Plenty, it turns out. This week, Stewart speaks with two experts on the Second Amendment, law professor Adam Winkler of UCLA, and gun rights advocate David Kopel from the Cato Institute.

February 19, 2016 07:29 AM PST

To paraphrase Forrest Gump, money and politics go together like peas and carrots. That's especially true since the Citizens United decision came down in 2010. And a number of people are very concerned about it.

Join Stewart and author Derek Cressman for a discussion of his new book, "When Money Talks: The High Price of 'Free' Speech and the Selling of Democracy."

February 12, 2016 10:24 AM PST

After centuries of neglect, Alexander Hamilton is finally having his historical moment.

Join Stewart and ConSource Executive Director Julie Silverbrook as they discuss one of the most under-appreciated of the Founders, a fellow they call "Ham the Man."

February 05, 2016 12:29 PM PST

President Obama wants to formalize the longstanding practice of the U.S. government allowing millions of undocumented aliens to remain in the United States. Donald Trump wants to step up deportations and ban all Muslim immigration.

But does any president have that much executive power?

Join us as we speak to University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner about this controversial constitutional question.

January 29, 2016 04:40 AM PST

How much do you know about President William Howard Taft?

We thought so. And, no, he didn't get stuck in his bathtub.

He's actually notable for something else entirely: he's the only person to have served as both President and Chief Justice of the United States. Yeah, beats the bathtub story, doesn't it?

We'll give you the facts, courtesy of the friendly staff at the Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, where Stewart and his son Tom recently went for a visit. Join us!

January 24, 2016 09:30 AM PST

Where does money come from? What is "the gold standard?" And, while we're at it -- what exactly is money?

More to the point, what does the Constitution have to say about all of this? Quite a bit, it turns out. And at times in our constitutional history, Congress's power to "coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin" has been front and center on the political and economic agenda.

We'll speak with UC-Davis historian Eric Rauchway about his new book, "The Money Makers," which takes us back all the way to the Great Depression and a couple of fellows named Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Maynard Keynes.

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