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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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November 15, 2013 12:54 PM PST

Part II of our fascinating interview with Simon Winchester. Go back and listen to Part I, then come back here and finish it up. Now! Go!

After we finish speaking with Simon, we'll discuss fashion with Charlie Condon, Associate Dean at the Appalachian School of Law -- he's such a snappy dresser. Actually, we'll discuss an important labor case pending in front of the Supreme Court with Charlie - but the case does revolve around clothing, the sort one wears in a steel mill. So, perhaps we should call it Labor Law Fashion. In any event, it's an important case and an interesting discussion.

November 07, 2013 02:01 PM PST

Best-selling author Simon Winchester discusses his new book, "The Men Who United the States." The unity of our nation is not just a political or social phenomenon. It is also physical, made possible throughout our history by roads, canals, railroads, telegraph lines – up to and including the Internet. The story of how Simon Winchester came to write the book is as fascinating as the book itself.

Also, Stewart talks to Matt Reeves, the Chief Archeologist at Montpelier, James Madison’s historic home in Orange, Virginia.

November 01, 2013 07:01 AM PDT

Yep, it's that time of year again! Time for our annual Roundup of interesting and important cases now before the United States Supreme Court. We'll talk about abortion, free speech, the environment, unions, and even a murder conspiracy involving a transgendered man.

We'll also hear from our friends at Montpelier - the Riddler will make an appearance - as well as a listener who did NOT like our "I Love Boobies" episode, and who tells us precisely why.

October 25, 2013 07:35 AM PDT

The Harlem Shake! Last spring, a bunch of kids at Tennessee High in Bristol, Tennessee, got permission from their school to make a spoof video featuring the then-current dance craze, the Harlem Shake. Hilarity did not ensue. In fact, according to the students, local school officials pressured them to remove the video from YouTube. Wait, can they do that?

After we finish dancing, we'll talk about another topic near and dear to many people: traffic cameras. Now, now, calm down. Watch your blood pressure. This story has a happy ending.

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October 17, 2013 08:25 AM PDT

We love boobies! We're betting that you do, too. But if you wear a bracelet expressing that sentiment in a public school, you might get kicked out. Even if all you're trying to do is promote breast cancer awareness. First Amendment, anyone?

After we've (ahem) gotten abreast of the free speech issues, we'll shift our attention to another of our favorite subjects, the Third Amendment. You remember that one -- it covers . . . it deals with . . . with . . . calling Quiz Lady Kelly Carmichael!

October 04, 2013 04:44 AM PDT

You don't have to be big and strong to defend the Constitution. You just have to be brave and determined. Just ask Mary Beth Tinker, who wore a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War despite warnings that she would be punished. Then she took her case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Join us and we'll tell you what happened next.

September 27, 2013 08:42 AM PDT

Hmm - that doesn't sound very pleasant.

Actually, the Beard in question is a person, Charles Beard, and he's dead. Hmm - that doesn't sound very pleasant, either.

But it's fascinating. You see, Beard was a historian who wrote the most important book you've never heard of, "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States," published precisely a century ago, in 1913.

Beard's book has been causing academic fistfights since the day it was published, and that's why we're still talking about it a century later.

Please join historians Woody Holton and Gordon Wood for a rollicking discussion. But restrain yourself. It's just a book.

September 20, 2013 07:54 AM PDT

Never heard of Tule Lake? Consider yourself lucky. It's where the United States concentrated those Japanese-Americans who dared to protest their unlawful incarceration during World War II.

We speak with Barbara Takei, some of whose relatives were imprisoned at Tule Lake, and who has spent years researching it.

A sobering but fascinating episode.

September 13, 2013 06:57 AM PDT

Truancy is a serious problem: serious for the school, for the student, and for society. It's also presents several serious constitutional issues.

We speak with Professor Dean Rivkin of the University of Tennessee College of Law, and with his student, Anna Swift, who are working hard to make the truancy courts of Tennessee better for the students and for the United States Constitution.

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September 08, 2013 03:11 PM PDT

Our best field trip ever! We visit the historic City Tavern.

When the delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia in May, 1787, there were no modern hotels. They stayed at boarding houses or private homes, and they ate (and drank) in taverns. The most prominent of those was the City Tavern, which has been authentically re-built so that that you can go and eat (and drink) the same way that the delegates did. It is easily the most enjoyable historical research we have ever done.

Join us! Huzzah!

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