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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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January 09, 2018 12:40 PM PST

The notorious Kelo decision was handed down more than a decade ago, giving states and localities broad powers of eminent domain. But states have, largely, turned their back on that power -- or claim to have done so.

We’ll speak with Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, who’ll bring us up to date on whether the government might take our homes and give them to someone else.

We’ll also speak to Patrick Baker of the University of Tennessee at Martin, who will tell us about an emerging property issue that may implicate Kelo: what to do with the underground voids left over when coal and other fossil fuels are mined. Some states, it seems, want to take that property away, without compensation.

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December 31, 2017 11:04 AM PST

The President, our Commander-in-Chief, has the ultimate authority over whether to use nuclear weapons. Lately, some people are wondering whether vesting so much power in one person is such a good idea.

We speak with Peter D. Feaver, a Duke professor who recently testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on this very subject. We also speak with Stephen I. Schwartz, the former Publisher and Executive Director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

December 27, 2017 07:22 AM PST

There are many laws regulating advertising. But, wait – advertising is speech. Isn’t such speech protected by the First Amendment? How does the government get away with regulating it?

The government even regulates how people describe themselves, at least professionally. It's typically illegal, for example, to call yourself a doctor or a lawyer unless you've actually gone through some sort of licensing process. But, again, don't you have a right to describe yourself as you see fit?

Attorney Mary Lou Serafine thinks so. The State of Texas threatened to penalize her when she called herself a psychologist without obtaining a Texas license to that effect. Law professor Tamara Piety disagrees. She thinks that there is room for regulation of commercial speech, including professional speech.

It's quite a debate. Join us!

December 24, 2017 11:09 AM PST

In the constitutional sense, we mean. Everyone knows that it’s an island, but what is its status under U.S. law? And how did it obtain that status? And what happens next?

We speak with Professor Harry Franqui-Rivera, who teaches history at Bloomfield College.

December 04, 2017 11:45 AM PST

After the tragedy in Charlottesville, many people are calling for limitations on “hate speech.” But, what, exactly, is hate speech? And can the government do anything about it?

Stewart speaks with two experts: Eugene Volokh, the creator of "The Volokh Conspiracy," a legal blog hosted by the Washington Post, and Richard Delgado, one of the founders of “critical race theory."

December 02, 2017 07:28 AM PST

The Second Amendment protects our right to keep and bear arms. But what, exactly, does that mean? And has anything changed since the tragedy in Las Vegas?

Stewart speaks with historian Saul Cornell of Fordham University, an expert on the early history of the Constitution, and with Professor James Jacobs of New York University, who questions whether gun control can ever work.

November 17, 2017 11:47 AM PST

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 as Stewart speaks with three students at the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University who came to this country at a very young age. Their stories are poignant, inspiring, and sometimes terrifying.

November 10, 2017 12:47 PM PST

Each year, the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy at Lincoln Memorial University hosts the R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture at LMU's Duncan School of Law.

This year, the topic was Reconstruction, and the focus was Tennessee. Our McMurtry Lecturer was Sam D. Elliott, a lawyer and Civil War historian from Chattanooga. Sam was joined by Professor Stewart Harris, who spoke about secession, and by Dr. Charles Hubbard, who described Abraham Lincoln's many ethical dilemmas.

Join Sam, Charlie, and Stewart as they re-cap and discuss their presentations.

November 08, 2017 07:21 AM PST

It's been five years since Stewart recorded a Constitution Day episode at Montpelier, and boy, have things changed!

Join him as he walks around the grounds on a spectacular September day, talks to staff members and guests, and even has a chat with President Madison himself.

October 23, 2017 01:03 PM PDT

Kat Imhoff has been the President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier for five years. During that time, she’s raised millions of dollars and supervised major improvements to Montpelier's grounds and programs.

Recently, Stewart sat down with her in the brand-new Potter Family Studio at the brand-new Claude Moore Hall at Montpelier's Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. Stewart and Kat talked all about her many accomplishments, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

Join us for a fascinating conversation!

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