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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.
Friday, December 6, 2013 1:46pm
You've heard of the famous plot to kill Hitler in 1944, code-named Valkyrie. But did you know that the last of the Valkyrie plotters only recently died? His name was Ewald von Kleist, and we'll be talking about him with one of his American relatives, Eric von Kleist. It turns out that the von Kleists, an old aristocratic family from what is now Poland, were anti-Nazi before anti-Nazi was cool. And their adventures make quite a cool story.
Friday, November 29, 2013 9:02am
Never heard of John Bingham? That's a shame. He shouldn't be mysterious at all. For while Thomas Jefferson claimed that "all men are created equal," John Bingham actually wrote equality into the Constitution. What a novel idea.
Friday, November 22, 2013 4:24pm
What can you do if an ex-lover posts explicit photographs of you online? Aren't there laws against such behavior? There are, indeed, according to our two guests. But are such laws effective? And, even if they might be effective, do they violate the First Amendment? Join us for a timely, and disturbing, discussion.
Friday, November 15, 2013 3:54pm
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.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:01pm
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.