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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 26, 2019 07:21 AM PDT

Since the Democrats overwhelmed the House of Representatives with their Blue Wave, there’s been a lot of talk about investigations and hearings.

Investigations and hearings and even impeachment are part of something called “congressional oversight” of the Executive. Dean Ronald Weich of the University of Baltimore’s law school tells us all about some common myths and misperceptions about this very important part of constitutional checks and balances.

March 14, 2019 12:58 PM PDT

Andrew Boyle works for the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. He and Stewart start at the very beginning of a very current issue: What, precisely, constitutes a “national emergency?” Who gets to declare one? And what happens then?

Specifically, can Donald Trump use the powers granted to the Executive during a national emergency to build his wall? He’ll face a fair amount of resistance, and Andrew and Stewart consider the various forms it might take.

March 02, 2019 04:32 PM PST

Justin Driver is a law professor at the University of Chicago. He is concerned about the extent to which public school students are paddled, searched, stifled and otherwise denied their constitutional rights.

He’s so concerned that he's written a book about it called "The Schoolhouse Gate." Recently, he sat down with Stewart to talk about it.

February 25, 2019 08:04 AM PST

We haven't heard much from the Supreme Court lately on the Second Amendment. That may soon change. So the Law Review at Lincoln Memorial University’s law school decided to host a symposium, bringing together leading Second Amendment scholars from around the country.

Two of the scholars at the symposium sat down with Stewart to share their contrasting views. We'll hear from Stephen Halbrook, a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, and Robert Spitzer, a Distinguished Service Professor at the State University of New York-Cortland.

February 22, 2019 05:31 AM PST

Well, he’s at it again: Beelzebub and his minions are showing up at public buildings, demanding equal space with other religious displays. Doesn't this guy ever quit?

Our First Amendment Guy, Doug McKechnie, tells us all about it. He and Stewart also talk about some other current First Amendment issues.

February 04, 2019 12:48 PM PST

“Tort Reform” takes many different forms. One way to “reform” tort law is to limit the damages that a plaintiff may receive, regardless of what the judge or jury considers appropriate. Recently, however, a federal court held that Tennessee’s limitation on tort damages violates the state’s constitution. Tennessee lawyer Tony Seaton tells us about the big stir this decision is creating, especially among personal injury lawyers.

Then, on a more pastoral subject, we speak with our buddy Kat Imhoff about Montpelier's efforts to conserve James Madison's natural legacy.

Join us!

January 29, 2019 08:00 AM PST

Prohibition is a very constitutional subject, the focus of both the 18th and the 21st Amendments.

Howard Wooldridge of Citizens Opposed to Prohibition joins us, again, to update us on his increasingly successful efforts to end the prohibition of marijuana at both the state and – drum roll, please – the federal levels.

Yep, you heard that right. Howard thinks that the federal prohibition of the wacky weed will soon end. Join us for a mellow conversation.

January 25, 2019 07:20 AM PST

Hilarie Hicks, a senior researcher at Montpelier, often encounters “hard history,” that is, history that we don’t necessarily like to think about. At Montpelier, most of the hard history involves slavery, which is featured prominently throughout the estate.

But not everyone is happy about that. A number of visitors leave rather critical messages on the comment cards that Hilarie collects. She and Montpelier’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Price Thomas, share some of those comments with us.

January 19, 2019 06:41 AM PST

Jennifer Wilkoski Glass has one of the coolest jobs in the world: she’s part architect, part detective. She figures out what buildings used to look like, what they were made of, how they were constructed . . . and then she rebuilds them.

Join us as Jennifer shares her experiences and future plans at James Madison's Montpelier.

January 02, 2019 08:19 AM PST

Colleges and universities are supposed to be dedicated to the generation and dissemination of knowledge. They can’t accomplish that mission without academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas.

Lately, however, there has been growing resistance to the idea of free speech on campus, often for very good reasons: the desire for diversity and inclusion of underrepresented or oppressed groups.

How do we balance these sometimes-conflicting values? Well, we can begin by talking about them, and that’s just what Stewart did with students, faculty and administrators from Appalachian State University at ASU’s annual event, “Say What?”

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