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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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August 28, 2019 01:19 PM PDT

The Queen has suspended Parliament at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Is this the end of British democracy? Or just another quirk of that fascinating, amorphous thing called the British Constitution?

We talk to our go-to guy on all things Brexit, William Walton.

August 22, 2019 12:29 PM PDT

Matthew Reeves, the Director of Archaeology at James Madison's Montpelier, tells us about his next big project: the reconstruction of the overseer's cabin.

Montpelier doesn't hide its history as a slave plantation. It's one reason we're so very honored to associated with James and Dolley's historic home.

August 11, 2019 08:31 AM PDT

Josh Douglas teaches at the University of Kentucky, where he studies voting in the United States. Despite the current political environment, he sees lots of good being done.

He’s written about it in a new book, Vote for US, in which he tells the stories of people who are working in their communities to secure voting rights for themselves and their fellow citizens.

Join us for an inspiring conversation.

August 06, 2019 11:24 AM PDT

Is the ban on military service for transgender people unconstitutional?

Eric Merriam thinks so. He’s a law professor at the University of Central Florida who previously worked for the Air Force, both as a Judge Advocate General Corps officer and as a professor at the Air Force Academy. He thinks the ban, allegedly justified by something called “unit cohesion,” is actually based upon unconstitutional animus aimed at trans people.

August 04, 2019 05:09 AM PDT

What’s up with all the new laws on abortion? What do they contain? Why now?

Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University, has written several books on abortion. She puts everything in historical context, and speculates on what might happen next.

Trigger warning: this episode includes some explicit discussion. It may not be appropriate for younger listeners.

August 03, 2019 11:46 AM PDT

Does the Supreme Court need saving?

Ganesh Sitaraman thinks so. He teaches constitutional law at Vanderbilt University, and, like many of us, he is troubled by current political challenges to the Supreme Court’s legitimacy. Unlike most of us, however, he has some concrete proposals to save it. He and co-author Daniel Epps have put their ideas into writing in an article that will soon appear in the Yale Law Journal.

As Stewart points out, some of the proposals in the article are pretty radical, but Ganesh has thoughtful and interesting arguments in favor of them.

Join us for a deep dive into the highest court in the land.

July 26, 2019 09:44 AM PDT

A year before Little Rock, twelve brave African-American students in Clinton, Tennessee, participated in the first court-ordered integration of an all-white high school after Brown v. Board of Education.

Retired attorney Jerry Shattuck, who was a student at Clinton High at the time, tells the tale. This one will bring tears to your eyes.

July 24, 2019 09:19 AM PDT

Ever since the release of the Mueller Report, we’ve all been hearing about something called “obstruction of justice.” But what, precisely, does that mean? And what is this thing called the "OLC" that apparently prevented an indictment of Donald Trump, regardless of the evidence against him?

Former federal prosecutor Benjamin Vernia enlightens us.

July 20, 2019 02:52 PM PDT

Many people bemoan the growing gaps in wealth and income in our country, as well as their negative effects on our political discourse and our trust in our government. Akram Faizer has some concrete proposals to fix at least part of the problem. Some of his proposals are quite controversial. All of them are interesting.

July 19, 2019 12:47 PM PDT

You’re young, innocent, female. Perhaps 18 years old. You’re walking down the street in your hometown on a fine spring day.

A car pulls to the curb. A man gets out. He has a gun. And a badge.

“Come with me,” he says.

“Why?” You think perhaps someone has been hurt.

“You’re under arrest.”

“What? Why?”

The cop gives you a hard look. “Suspicion of promiscuity.”

Seems unlikely, doesn’t it? Laughable. But it’s no joke. Such things really happened, and not so long ago, to thousands of American women. One of those women was Nina McCall. Author Scott W. Stern tells us all about it.

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