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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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March 23, 2012 01:06 PM PDT

Join us for an in-depth tour of James Madison's mansion and estate. We'll scrape away the paint and look behind the walls. We'll even dig up the grounds and rummage around in the foundations. There's a lot of constitutional history here, from Madison's time through the Civil War, the Gilded Age and even including Jim Crow. It's a fascinating journey.

March 23, 2012 06:27 AM PDT

We promised that we'd go back, and now we have. And you can come with us. We'll hear more about the detective work involved in the restoration of James Madison's mansion. We'll also find out how archaeologists are unearthing (literally) hundreds of years of constitutional history at Montpelier, from the Founding Era to Jim Crow. C'mon - let's get diggin'.

March 07, 2012 07:22 AM PST

Former Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi is only the latest in a long line of chief executives to issue a heapin' helpin' of pardons just before leaving office -- Richard Nixon, anyone? Anyone? -- How could he do such a thing? How have U.S. Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama, exercised the remarkable Pardon Power?

February 23, 2012 02:18 PM PST

The riveting story of Paul Jennings, who began life as one of James Madison's slaves, who accompanied Madison to Washington, DC, and who eventually purchased his own freedom from Dolley Madison. We'll speak with Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, who chronicles Jennings's amazing story in her new book, "A Slave in the White House."

February 16, 2012 02:00 PM PST

A brutal rape and murder. A twisted, brilliant defendant. An execution. But did we execute the wrong man? Join us as we talk to Tom Scott, one of the prosecutors in this remarkable case, which garnered international attention and became a focal point in the ongoing debate over the death penalty. Perhaps strangest of all: it all started right here, in tiny, remote and beautiful Grundy, Virginia.

January 24, 2012 01:06 PM PST

Join us for a tour of the nation's only museum dedicated entirely to the United States Constitution. We'll get up close & personal with the Framers. We'll also go outside into Philadelphia's Historic District for the Constitutional Walking Tour. So put on your comfy shoes and get set.

December 28, 2011 05:11 PM PST

Doctor, doctor, gimme the news, I got a bad case of . . . Health Care reform. We'll talk to two learned gentlemen with very different opinions about the constitutionality of what is commonly referred to as either the Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare. Listen in and take your pick.

December 21, 2011 09:57 PM PST

Battleground! Where? Right here in Northeast Tennessee. What's the fighting about? The First Amendment and the free exercise of religion.

We'll talk to Stephen Bates, who wrote a book about the great textbook battle of the 1980's in Hawkins County, Tennessee - a constitutional slugfest between Concerned Women for America and People for the American Way.

But before it became a national sensation, this particular battle began with a local "homebody homemaker" named Vicki Frost and her concerns about witchcraft and "secular humanism" in the public schools.

December 14, 2011 05:23 AM PST

It's that magical time of year! Carolers, presents, and . . . Bill of Rights Day! It's December 15 - remember? Sure you do. In honor of the 220th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights, we'll be celebrating this most-overlooked of holidays with a special treat - a tribute to radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who produced a remarkable broadcast in 1941 - the 150th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights - called "We Hold These Truths." Our show will feature extensive excerpts from the 1941 broadcast, plus explanation and commentary from our host, Stewart Harris. So tune in your crystal sets or join us online at wets.org.

August 10, 2011 05:35 AM PDT

Is the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional? Michael Newdow thinks so. And he's gotten at least one federal court to agree with him. We'll talk to Dr. Newdow, and to Gregory Katsas, a former Justice Department lawyer who defended the Pledge against one of Dr. Newdow's lawsuits.

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