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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, March 7, 2014 10:06am
Was anesthesia invented in Georgia? Or was it in Massachusetts? Or maybe Rhode Island? All three states have historical markers claiming this major medical breakthrough as their own. Did the first powered flight take place in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina? Or in Pittsburg, Texas? A Texas state marker gives the hat tip to Pittsburg. To unravel this unsettling problem, Stewart welcomes James Loewen to discuss his book, “Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Got Wrong.” Mr. Loewen is also the author of the best-selling, “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.” Stewart also discusses a current controversy over historical markers with Bryan Stevenson, the Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Join us!
Friday, February 28, 2014 9:00am
You've got a right to have your day in court. Indeed, the Constitution guarantees you a right to a lawyer, and even requires the government to pay for representation -- at least in a criminal case. But what if you have other legal needs? What if someone sues you, and you can't afford a lawyer? How much is a constitutional right worth -- if you can't afford it? Johnson City, Tennessee attorney Tony Seaton has been doing his part to answer these tough questions for years. And now he'll tell us how.
Friday, February 21, 2014 12:41pm
Mark Couvillon is back to round out the three part series on Patrick Henry and Red Hill! Give us Couvillon, or give us death! Sorry, got a little carried away there . . . .
Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:09pm
He's back! By popular demand! Patrick Henry, as explained by author Mark Couvillon! Part I of this can't-miss series took us from Henry's birth in small-town Virginia as a British subject through his "liberty or death" speech, in which he risked the hangman's noose. But that was just the beginning of his fascinating life story. Draw near, and attend!
Friday, February 7, 2014 3:57pm
We've been meaning to do an episode on Patrick Henry for a long time. Finally, we've had a chance to visit his final home, his rustic, little-known estate in rural Virginia known as Red Hill. And boy, were we impressed. The ladies at Red Hill arranged for us to visit with Mark Couvillon, who knows more about Patrick Henry than anyone we've ever met. In fact, Mark knows so much that we couldn't cram all of his knowledge into one episode, or even two! Yep, that's right: this will be the first of three full episodes devoted to Patrick Henry. It turns out that he did much, much more of importance in our constitutional history than just giving one speech. Did you know, for example, that . . . Sorry, not enough space here. Guess you'll just have to listen.