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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 24, 2015 08:37 AM PDT

Kids, and their parents, have constitutional rights, but the government has the power to protect its most vulnerable citizens. Sometimes those rights collide with that power, especially in cases of child abuse and neglect. This week, we'll examine one aspect of this important topic, the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

We'll also talk about a great educational program called We the People, through which kids learn about their constitutional rights and responsibilities.

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April 17, 2015 05:06 AM PDT

In Part I, we told you about John Marshall, our first great Chief Justice, and the home he built in Richmond, Virginia. But we only had time to tour half of the house.

Please join Stewart and Jen Hurst-Wender of Preservation Virginia as we finish our tour!

April 10, 2015 04:35 AM PDT

John Marshall wasn't the first, nor the second, nor even the third. He was actually the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. But he was the first great Chief Justice, and probably the greatest of all time. He was also a husband, a father, a slave owner and a renowned host.

The many facets of Marshall's life are on display at the house he built in Richmond, Virginia, the city where he also built his career and spent most of his life. We recently went on a guided tour of the John Marshall House with Preservation Virginia's Jennifer Hurst-Wender. Now you can come along.

April 03, 2015 05:11 AM PDT

The Texas branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has proposed a specialty license plate. Texas has refused to produce one.

Wait, isn't this a free speech issue? Doesn't the First Amendment apply?

According to our First Amendment Guy, Doug McKechnie, it all depends upon who's doing the talking.

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March 27, 2015 05:34 AM PDT

Only one of the original 13 states refused to ratify the Constitution. Do you know which one?

Okay, now that you've looked at the picture, do you know why?

Join us for a complete and entertaining explanation from Thomas Howard of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier. It's a fascinating tale, with twists, turns and serious conflicts, some of which persist to this day.

March 20, 2015 04:39 AM PDT

Is the U.S. Constitution more than just law? More than politics? Is it, perhaps, literature? Maybe even an epic poem?

Garrett Epps thinks so. Join us, and find out why.

March 13, 2015 06:48 AM PDT

Join us for the thrilling conclusion of our visit to one of the sites of Bacon's Rebellion, the first significant uprising in the British North American colonies.

Will Nathaniel Bacon shoot Governor Berkeley? How will the Rebellion end?? What will happen to Bacon himself???

Tune in and find out!

March 06, 2015 06:16 AM PST

Ever heard of Bacon's Castle? No? How about Bacon's Rebellion? Here's a hint: 1676. Here's another hint: it was the first major rebellion against the British Crown in North America. Ring any bells? Kinda? Sorta?

Well, Stewart had also kinda, sorta known about Bacon's Rebellion when he ran into two fine ladies from a wonderful group called Preservation Virginia, Jennifer Hurst-Wender and Joanna Braswell. Jen and Joanna recently took Stewart on a tour of Bacon's Castle that was so enlightening that we couldn't cram the whole interview into a single episode. So here's our first installment. We know you'll enjoy it.

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!

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