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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 22, 2013 04:59 AM PDT

Maybe we should just scrap the Constitution and start all over again.

Hey, before you get angry at us, consider the source: Thomas Jefferson suggested that we adopt a new constitution every 20 years or so. And Christopher Phillips, author of "Constitution Cafe," wants to take him up on it.

March 15, 2013 06:45 AM PDT

Protestors. Editorials. Talking heads. Think you've heard everything there is to say about abortion?

You haven't. The decision in Roe v. Wade, which constitutionalized the abortion debate, was handed down just over 40 years ago. So we decided to go back to the beginning. Actually, before the beginning. And we spoke with someone who was there: Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse, who reported on the Supreme Court for almost three decades, and who has co-authored a book with Reva B. Siegel called "Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling."

We learned a lot. So will you. Please join us for a fascinating discussion about the most controversial Supreme Court decision in the past, well, 40 years.

March 07, 2013 04:02 PM PST

A hero of the Right, a nemesis of the Left, Judge Robert Bork recently passed away. A man of many accomplishments, he was most well-known for what he never was - a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

We'll talk to historian David Greenberg about Judge Bork's still-controversial confirmation hearings, and we'll also talk to United States Attorney Tim Heaphy, who, as a young staffer for then-Senator Joe Biden, personally witnessed history unfold.

February 28, 2013 04:13 PM PST

Will we or won't we? Default, that is. On the national debt.

Scary thought, isn't it? But don't panic. Instead, listen in as we speak with Eric Posner of the University of Chicago, who helps us figure out some constitutional options for dealing with the seemingly never-ending impasse over the federal budget.

This episode is money.

February 22, 2013 03:45 AM PST

Sure, we think it's a great movie - politics, war, a constitutional amendment - who could ask for more?

But is it historically accurate? Now that's another story.

Paul Finkelman of Albany Law School -- the same guy who told us all about the Emancipation Proclamation -- helps us sort it out.

February 15, 2013 03:27 PM PST

We finish up our fascinating discussion with Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center. After finishing our tour of the major Supreme Court decisions affecting student speech - including the notorious "Bong Hits for Jesus" case - we finally get to Facebook and other social media, the new frontier of student speech cases.

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February 08, 2013 04:58 AM PST

Can your teacher punish you for what you post on Facebook? Even if you do it at home? On a weekend? During summer vacation?

We talk to Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center, who will take us through the major Supreme Court cases governing public school speech, cases which don't necessarily bode well for student rights.

But before we start our discussion with Frank Lomonte, we also speak briefly with Michael Perry about his February 4, 2013 presentation on human rights for the Buechner Institute of King College in Bristol, Virginia.

February 03, 2013 11:57 AM PST

Can the government mandate that your employer's health care insurance provide you with "preventive care" -- care that includes contraceptives? What if your employer objects? What if your employer is a church? Or simply very religious? What about that Free Exercise of Religion thing?

Okay, now it's getting constitutional. So it's a good thing that Professor Doug McKechnie is with us to tell us all about the First Amendment issues.

January 25, 2013 10:10 AM PST

Part II of the compelling tale of Fred Korematsu, who stood up to the mass incarceration of over 100,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War.

We won't give away the end of the story, but we will say that sometimes justice isn't done in a courtroom, but in the court of history.

January 19, 2013 10:03 AM PST

Soldiers rounding up people in the streets. Innocent people. Law-abiding citizens. Children. Transporting them to remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards.

No, we're not talking about Nazi Germany. Not the Soviet Union. Not North Korea, either.

We're talking about the United States of America. And we're not kidding.

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