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Stewart Harris

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the Constitution these days. But how many of these people have any idea what they're talking about? How many have even read the Constitution? Well, we have. Our host, Stewart Harris, is an award-winning teacher of Constitutional Law, and he loves to talk about interesting constitutional issues, from gay rights to gun rights, in a balanced, nonpartisan way. Underwritten by the home of the Father of the Constitution, James Madison's Montpelier, Your Weekly Constitutional is a lively, thoughtful program produced by Harris Productions, LLC at NPR affiliate WETS 89.5-FM. Professor Harris interviews intriguing people--lawyers, authors, activists, even an occasional governor or U.S. Senator--to produce fascinating facts, stories and analysis. Add some shorter features like the Constitutional Quiz and the Madison Minute, and you get a show with thousands of fans all over the world, from Massachusetts to Madagascar.

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Program Headlines

  • Friday, April 24, 2015 11:37am
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    Kids, and their parents, have constitutional rights, but the government has the power to protect its most vulnerable citizens. Sometimes those rights collide with that power, especially in cases of child abuse and neglect. This week, we'll examine one aspect of this important topic, the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. We'll also talk about a great educational program called We the People, through which kids learn about their constitutional rights and responsibilities. Join us!
  • Friday, April 17, 2015 8:06am
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    In Part I, we told you about John Marshall, our first great Chief Justice, and the home he built in Richmond, Virginia. But we only had time to tour half of the house. Please join Stewart and Jen Hurst-Wender of Preservation Virginia as we finish our tour!
  • Friday, April 10, 2015 7:35am
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    John Marshall wasn't the first, nor the second, nor even the third. He was actually the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. But he was the first great Chief Justice, and probably the greatest of all time. He was also a husband, a father, a slave owner and a renowned host. The many facets of Marshall's life are on display at the house he built in Richmond, Virginia, the city where he also built his career and spent most of his life. We recently went on a guided tour of the John Marshall House with Preservation Virginia's Jennifer Hurst-Wender. Now you can come along.
  • Friday, April 3, 2015 8:11am
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    The Texas branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has proposed a specialty license plate. Texas has refused to produce one. Wait, isn't this a free speech issue? Doesn't the First Amendment apply? According to our First Amendment Guy, Doug McKechnie, it all depends upon who's doing the talking. Join us!
  • Friday, March 27, 2015 8:34am
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    Only one of the original 13 states refused to ratify the Constitution. Do you know which one? Okay, now that you've looked at the picture, do you know why? Join us for a complete and entertaining explanation from Thomas Howard of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier. It's a fascinating tale, with twists, turns and serious conflicts, some of which persist to this day.