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 . . . .
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!
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.