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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.

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Program Headlines

  • Friday, January 23, 2015 9:01am
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    Ever heard of Frederick Douglass? Sure you have. But how about his contemporary and fellow ex-slave and abolitionist, William Wells Brown? No? Well, now you have, and you’ll learn even more through our discussion with Ezra Greenspan, the author of a new biography.
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014 9:02am
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    Is there too much money in politics? Ben Cohen certainly thinks so. So he and some like-minded friends have started a group called "Stamp Stampede" aimed at amending the Constitution. They want to overturn the notorious Citizen's United case and other Supreme Court cases that equate money with free speech. Never heard of Ben Cohen? Sure you have. But probably not by himself. Instead, you've seen only his first name, during some of your happiest moments, displayed beside the name of his partner, Jerry. This episode is sweet.
  • Friday, June 27, 2014 7:40am
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    Love him or hate him (and, either way, you have lots of company) Ronald Reagan was, and continues to be, an important figure in American constitutional history. We'll speak with Justin Garrison, a professor at Roanoke College in Virginia, who's written a balanced, fascinating, readable book called "An Empire of Ideals: the Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan." Justin is that rare scholar who not only writes well, but also speaks well. He's even funny and charming - kinda like Ronald Reagan was. Justin's book is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Ideals-Imagination-Routledge-Governance/dp/0415818486.
  • Friday, January 2, 2015 10:41am
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    You've seen nasty posts on Facebook and other social media. Perhaps you've posted a few - ahem - regrettable things yourself. Can one of those posts put you in the slammer? The answer is yes. If you post something called a "true threat," you may find yourself in handcuffs. But how do we define a "true threat?" That's what Anthony Elonis is arguing about, right now, in the United States Supreme Court. Join us! And, in the meantime, be nice.
  • Friday, December 26, 2014 10:22am
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    Earlier this year, we spoke with Mary Kent Whittaker, a teacher at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina, and several of her students, about an attempt to remove a book from her Honors English curriculum. The book at issue was "The House of the Spirits," by Isabel Allende. Since our original episode, Ms. Whittaker received several additional awards, both local and state-wide. And Ms. Allende was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.