Your Weekly Constitutional

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Your Weekly Constitutional is a public radio show and podcast that focuses upon interesting and controversial issues in constitutional law, from gay rights to gun rights. Produced in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier, it features interviews with knowledgeable lawyers, scholars, and others about current and historical topics, including church-state relations, states' rights, and even the constitutionality of secession.

Your Weekly Constitutional is a public radio show and podcast that focuses upon interesting and controversial issues in constitutional law, from gay rights to gun rights. Produced in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier, it features interviews with knowledgeable lawyers, scholars, and others about current and historical topics, including church-state relations, states' rights, and even the constitutionality of secession.

YWC's host is Stewart Harris, an award-winning law professor who loves to talk about the Constitution in a fun, accessible way that everyone can understand. He's spoken with many fascinating people, including United States Senator Rand Paul, a leading critic of the Federal Reserve, former Governor Beverly Perdue of North Carolina, who led her state's efforts to compensate victims of forced sterilization, and John Bellinger, the former Legal Advisor to the National Security Council.

We've also spoken with a few less-serious guests, including Peter Sagal of NPR's hugely popular news quiz show, "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!"


Our most popular feature is our Constitutional Quiz, in which we test the knowledge of some of our braver listeners. Would you like to be a contestant? C'mon, it's fun! Please email us at ywc@montpelier.org. All contestants receive a pocket Constitution from James Madison's Montpelier, and winners receive a YWC T-shirt.

ATTENTION, STATIONS: “Your Weekly Constitutional” is now “NPR-friendly;” that is, compatible with NPR newscasts. The program is now in seven segments., with a total program time of 54:00.

Segment One is a one-minute billboard, airing before the NPR newscast.
Segment Two is program content, beginning after the newscast.
Segment Three is a 30-second music bed, occurring at approximately 20:00 in the hour.
Segment Four is program content.
Segment Five is a 30-second music bed, occurring at approximately 40:00 in the hour.
Segment Six is program content.
Segment Seven is a dry promo for the program.

“Your Weekly Constitutional” is produced by WETS-FM in cooperation with the home of the Constitution, James Madison’s Montpelier, and is FREE to all stations. For more information, custom promos, or other materials, contact executive producer Wayne Winkler at 423.439.6441 or winklerw@etsu.edu. You may also want to audition “Your Daily Constitutional,” a daily 90-second module, also FREE to all stations.
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Your Weekly Constitutional is a public radio show and podcast that focuses upon interesting and controversial issues in constitutional law, from gay rights to gun rights. Produced in partnership with James Madison's Montpelier, it features interviews with knowledgeable lawyers, scholars, and others about current and historical topics, including church-state relations, states' rights, and even the constitutionality of secession. YWC's host is Stewart Harris, an award-winning law professor who loves to talk about the Constitution in a fun, accessible way that everyone can understand. He's spoken with many fascinating people, including United States Senator Rand Paul, a leading critic of the Federal Reserve, former Governor Beverly Perdue of North Carolina, who led her state's efforts... Show full description


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Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on immigration. The problem is that those opinions are often diametrically opposed. Enter Stewart's colleague a...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2019
  • Length: 54:27
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Seven Steps toward Revitalizing American Democracy. Many people bemoan the growing gaps in wealth and income in our country, as well as their nega...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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The Transgender Ban. Is the ban on military service for transgender people unconstitutional? Eric Merriam thinks so. He’s a law professor at the...

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  • Added: May 30, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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Breaks Interstate Park, the "Grand Canyon of the South," was formed by a compact between the Commonwealths of Kentucky and Virginia. And as Park Di...

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  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 54:27
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Some controversies never die. Soon after James Madison published his notes on the Constitutional Convention -- the most complete and thorough accou...

  • Added: May 17, 2019
  • Length: 54:27
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The Trials of Nina McCall. Historian Scott W. Stern tells us the shocking story of Nina McCall, one of thousands of women arrested for “suspicion ...

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  • Added: May 09, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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Vote for US. Josh Douglas teaches at the University of Kentucky, where he studies voting in the United States. Despite the current political envi...

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  • Added: May 02, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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How to Save the Supreme Court. Ganesh Sitaraman teaches constitutional law at Vanderbilt University. Like many of us, he is troubled by current p...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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Montpelier's African American Descendants' Project seeks to identify and create bridges to living descendants of the African American women and men...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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Melanie Reid teaches criminal law and procedure at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. Recently, she wrote an article on a surprisi...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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As James Madison noted in 1822: "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2019
  • Length: 54:24
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Closin’ Down Colleges. Professor Pat Baker of the University of Tennessee at Martin has noticed something troubling about small private colleges. ...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2019
  • Length: 54:24
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Talk of impeachment seems to be in the air these days, at least among Donald Trump's opponents. But is it likely? What, precisely, is the constitut...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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You may never have heard of Elbert Williams. We aim to fix that. Because Elbert Williams deserves to be remembered. He was the very first member of...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:28
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Crushin’ on Jemmy. Constitutional scholar Linda Monk has a confession to make: She has a crush on James Madison. She admires his principled st...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:28
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Congressional Oversight. Since the Democrats overwhelmed the House of Representatives with their Blue Wave, there’s been a lot of talk about inves...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2019
  • Length: 54:28
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National Emergency? What National Emergency? Is it time to stock up on bottled water and toilet paper? Or is the situation on our southern borde...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2019
  • Length: 54:29
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The Schoolhouse Gate. We’ll speak with Justin Driver, a law professor from the University of Chicago. Justin is concerned about the extent to whi...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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Second Amendment Update, 2019. Lincoln Memorial University’s law school recently hosted a symposium on the Second Amendment. Stewart introduced s...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:28
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Satan Update 2019. Well, he’s at it again: Beelzebub and his minions are showing up at public buildings, demanding equal space with other religio...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2019
  • Length: 54:24
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