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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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  • Friday, May 22, 2015 8:51pm
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    The United States Constitution creates what legal scholars typically call a "majoritarian" system of government. That is, the majority of voters typically controls the decisions made by the government. But the Constitution leaves one big issue largely unaddressed: who gets to vote? Professor Hank Chambers of the University of Richmond's law school helps us sort it all out.
  • Friday, May 15, 2015 11:34am
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    Is it cruel and unusual punishment or a necessary correctional tool? We'll speak with law professor and attorney Alex Reinert, who recently forged a landmark settlement with the State of New York over the use of this controversial practice.
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:44pm
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    Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. Just what exactly are all of these RFRA's sprouting up all around the country? And how do these similar pieces of legislation, both national and state, fit into the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom? And then what about gay rights? It gets a bit complicated, so Doug McKechnie, our First Amendment Guy, is here to help us sort it all out. Thank Heaven.
  • Friday, May 1, 2015 12:28pm
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    You've heard of the Underground Railroad, the clandestine, loosely-organized network of people who helped slaves escape from the South before the Civil War. But Eric Foner knows more than you do. And now he's written a book about it: "Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad." Join us for a lively discussion with one of America's foremost historians.
  • 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!