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Your Weekly Constitutional
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Category: News
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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April 06, 2020 09:48 AM PDT

Donald Trump likes to compare himself to Andrew Jackson. So do his supporters. So do his opponents, for very different reasons.

Are any of these comparisons valid? We ask a guy who should know: University of Tennessee historian Dan Feller, the Director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson.

April 06, 2020 09:40 AM PDT

This is Part Two of a two-part episode.

In Part One, we told you about Kristine Bunch, who experienced the worst thing that could happen to any parent: the death of her son, Tony.

Then we started to tell you what happened next: a false accusation of arson and murder, a conviction, and more than a decade in prison.

Now we’ll tell you the rest of Kristine’s story.

April 06, 2020 09:33 AM PDT

Kristine Bunch experienced the worst thing that could happen to any parent: the death of her son, Tony.

But then things got worse. Much worse. She was accused of his murder. She was accused of burning him to death.

Join us for a poignant tale of a wrongful accusation and its terrible aftermath.

March 30, 2020 08:29 AM PDT

Nope. Not Andrew Johnson. It's a guy named William Blount, who was kicked out of the United States Senate more than two hundred years ago.

But, like Johnson, Blount was an East Tennessean. Perhaps there's something in the water here.

University of Tennessee historian Chris Magra tells the tale.

February 15, 2020 12:59 PM PST

Well, it happened. Brexit, that is. As of January 31, 2020, the UK is no longer a member of the EU.

So . . . what's changed? And what happens next? Our go-to Brexit Guy, William Walton, shares his wisdom with us.

February 15, 2020 12:54 PM PST

Appellate Attorney John Vail recently argued a case in the Tennessee Supreme Court presenting a very important issue: Does Tennessee’s $750,000 cap on "noneconomic" personal injury damages violate the Tennessee Constitution? This case could have a significant impact on so-called "tort reform," in Tennessee and beyond.

February 15, 2020 12:06 PM PST

Remember the parade last fall? The parade of high federal officials lining up to testify before Congress in the impeachment inquiry?

Now that the Senate has failed to remove Trump from office, it's payback time. Many of those officials are feeling Trump's wrath.

Former federal prosecutor and current D.C. lawyer Benjamin Vernia, whom Stewart previously interviewed about the Mueller Report, sat down with us again and explained all.

Please note: this interview was recorded in late 2019, before the Senate impeachment trial.

February 15, 2020 11:12 AM PST

Sanford Levinson is a law professor from Texas who is very critical of our Constitution’s “structural flaws.” We interviewed him several years ago on this topic. Now, he’s teamed up with his wife, Cynthia, an author of children’s books, to explain his arguments to a younger audience.

Hey, you're never too young to start becoming a good citizen.

January 06, 2020 11:05 AM PST

Donald Trump often claims that some folks have been trying to impeach him since the day he was sworn in. He's right.

Stewart speaks with one of those folks, Ron Fein, of Free Speech for People. Ron's organization has gone beyond calling for Trump's removal from office--it has actually drafted six different Articles of Impeachment.

January 06, 2020 10:47 AM PST

No, not our current president. Another one, perhaps the greatest in our history: Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln was anti-slavery, but he didn’t believe that the Constitution gave him the power to ban slavery where it existed. And Lincoln believed in the rule of law. But, eventually, of course, things changed.

Daniel Stowell, the former Editor of the Lincoln Papers, was the 2019 McMurtry Lecturer at Lincoln Memorial University. Daniel tells Stewart about Lincoln’s ethical dilemma and how he resolved it.

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