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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 12, 2014 8:08am
Do you believe in democracy? True democracy? This week, Stewart has a wide-ranging, thoughtful, provocative conversation with Chris Phillips, the proprietor of the Democracy Café. Chris will make you think. About a lot of things. Perhaps most fundamentally, he'll make you think about just how much democracy you can really take.
Friday, December 5, 2014 9:45am
Diana Muir Appelbaum wrote a book back in the 1980's that just recently came to Stewart's attention. But it's worth talking about, because it tells us just how American a holiday Thanksgiving really is. And we're not just talking turkey. Join us!
Friday, November 28, 2014 10:32am
The Second World War was, at least in Western Europe, a struggle between authoritarianism and constitutional democracy. Two of the greatest battles there took place over the skies of Britain in 1940 and on the shores of Normandy in 1944. We went there. Now we’ll tell you all about it.
Friday, November 21, 2014 11:56am
Here's a hairy subject: the constitutional significance of beards. With the aid of our friend, Professor Joseph Fitsanakis of King University, and his fellow-members of the Tri-Cities Beard Club, Ollie and Maggie, we explore the many and surprising constitutional aspects of facial hair. And, no, we're not kidding. Join us!
Friday, November 14, 2014 8:54am
Recognize this? “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Yup, it's the very first line of the American Declaration of Independence. And, yes, we know that the Declaration is not part of the Constitution. Sheesh. Give us a break - it's still pretty important. In fact, it's so important that we wonder: just what are these "Laws of Nature" and who is this “Nature’s God?” Jesus? Vishnu? Zeus? Or perhaps someone else? Author Matthew Stewart digs deep into history and philosophy and shares his findings with us in his new book, "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic."