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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 30, 2015 04:38 AM PST

We’ve all heard of the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans were barred from most restaurants, gas stations and hotels in the South. Did you ever wonder how black people were able to travel during that time?

One resource they used was The Negro Motorist Green Book, a guide to those places where they could find food, shelter, and a friendly face during a very unfriendly era.

Join us for an enlightening discussion with law professor Alfred Brophy, who’s done extensive research on The Green Book and who has a lot to tell us about it.

January 23, 2015 06:01 AM PST

Ever heard of Frederick Douglass? Sure you have. But how about his contemporary and fellow ex-slave and abolitionist, William Wells Brown?

No? Well, now you have, and you’ll learn even more through our discussion with Ezra Greenspan, the author of a new biography.

June 14, 2014 06:02 AM PDT

Is there too much money in politics? Ben Cohen certainly thinks so. So he and some like-minded friends have started a group called "Stamp Stampede" aimed at amending the Constitution. They want to overturn the notorious Citizen's United case and other Supreme Court cases that equate money with free speech.

Never heard of Ben Cohen? Sure you have. But probably not by himself. Instead, you've seen only his first name, during some of your happiest moments, displayed beside the name of his partner, Jerry.

This episode is sweet.

June 27, 2014 04:40 AM PDT

Love him or hate him (and, either way, you have lots of company) Ronald Reagan was, and continues to be, an important figure in American constitutional history.

We'll speak with Justin Garrison, a professor at Roanoke College in Virginia, who's written a balanced, fascinating, readable book called "An Empire of Ideals: the Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan." Justin is that rare scholar who not only writes well, but also speaks well. He's even funny and charming - kinda like Ronald Reagan was.

Justin's book is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Ideals-Imagination-Routledge-Governance/dp/0415818486.

January 02, 2015 07:41 AM PST

You've seen nasty posts on Facebook and other social media. Perhaps you've posted a few - ahem - regrettable things yourself. Can one of those posts put you in the slammer?

The answer is yes. If you post something called a "true threat," you may find yourself in handcuffs. But how do we define a "true threat?" That's what Anthony Elonis is arguing about, right now, in the United States Supreme Court.

Join us! And, in the meantime, be nice.

December 26, 2014 07:22 AM PST

Earlier this year, we spoke with Mary Kent Whittaker, a teacher at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina, and several of her students, about an attempt to remove a book from her Honors English curriculum. The book at issue was "The House of the Spirits," by Isabel Allende.

Since our original episode, Ms. Whittaker received several additional awards, both local and state-wide. And Ms. Allende was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

December 19, 2014 04:42 AM PST

Beelzebub and his buds have been anything but idle lately. They have been challenging governmental religious displays and practices for much of the past year, as we discussed in our two previous episodes, "The Devil went Down to Oklahoma," Parts I and II.

Join us for an enlightening discussion of the Religion Clauses of the Constitution, Satanism, and just why Lucien Greaves, the Overlord of the Satanic Temple, is such a determined trouble-maker.

December 12, 2014 05:08 AM PST

Do you believe in democracy? True democracy?

This week, Stewart has a wide-ranging, thoughtful, provocative conversation with Chris Phillips, the proprietor of the Democracy Café. Chris will make you think. About a lot of things. Perhaps most fundamentally, he'll make you think about just how much democracy you can really take.

December 05, 2014 06:45 AM PST

Diana Muir Appelbaum wrote a book back in the 1980's that just recently came to Stewart's attention. But it's worth talking about, because it tells us just how American a holiday Thanksgiving really is. And we're not just talking turkey.

Join us!

November 28, 2014 07:32 AM PST

The Second World War was, at least in Western Europe, a struggle between authoritarianism and constitutional democracy. Two of the greatest battles there took place over the skies of Britain in 1940 and on the shores of Normandy in 1944. We went there. Now we’ll tell you all about it.

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