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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Immigration is a very constitutional issue, as well a matter of great political debate. Sometimes, we forget that it is also a human issue. Join us...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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Recently, the Court of Appeals of New York rejected a constitutional challenge to that state’s prohibition of physician-assisted suicide. Should y...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2018
  • Length: 54:25
  • Purchases: 2
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The Tango War. Article II of the Constitution gives the President virtually unfettered authority over foreign affairs and the conduct of war. Fra...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
  • Purchases: 2
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Double Jeopardy. Melanie Reid teaches criminal law and procedure at Lincoln Memorial University’s law school. Recently, she wrote an article on a...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2018
  • Length: 54:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Legal Aid and Access to Justice. If you’re accused of a crime and you can’t afford a lawyer, you have a right to a state-appointed public defender...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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Old Civil Right Cases Never Die. You may never have heard of Elbert Williams. We aim to fix that. Because Elbert Williams deserves to be remembe...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2018
  • Length: 54:28
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You meet the nicest people at Montpelier. That definitely includes Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, who has just published a new, compreh...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:25
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If the southern states wanted to secede, why didn’t Lincoln simply let them go? One could argue that they were making the same democratic decision ...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2018
  • Length: 54:24
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Lies my Teacher Told Me. We’ve interviewed best-selling author James Loewen several times. This time, we’re talking about the re-issue of his mos...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2018
  • Length: 54:24
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Madison’s Hand. A storm’s a-comin’ in the academic world. Actually, it’s been raging for centuries, but it recently intensified. Ever since th...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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Impeached! Talk of impeachment is increasingly common these days. But is it justified? What, precisely, is impeachment, and what are the standar...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2018
  • Length: 54:23
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Kat Imhoff has been the President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier for five years. During that time, she’s raised millions of dollars and supe...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 54:24
  • Purchases: 2
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Duty to Warn. The Goldwater Rule prohibits psychiatrists and psychologists from diagnosing anyone unless they have examined their subjects persona...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2018
  • Length: 54:25
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Immigration Update, 2018, Part II. William Gill continues his update of current immigration issues, telling us about his own experiences represent...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide. Constitutional scholar and award-winning author Linda Monk has recently published a book that provides a conc...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 54:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Immigration Update, 2018, Part I. Stewart speaks with Professor William Gill of Lincoln Memorial University’s law school about the recent Supreme ...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:18
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Fifty-One Imperfect Solutions. We are sometimes so focused upon our national Constitution that we forget that each of the fifty states has a const...

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2018
  • Length: 54:27
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All the President's Tweets: Doug McKechnie has just written a law review article in which he neither praises nor condemns Donald Trump’s tweets. ...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2018
  • Length: 54:18
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Barbara Johns Day. Virginia recently enacted “Barbara Johns Day” to celebrate the bravery of a young girl who, in the early 1950’s, led a student ...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 54:30
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After the tragedy in Charlottesville, many people are calling for limitations on “hate speech.” But, what, exactly, is hate speech? And can the gov...

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 54:23
  • Purchases: 1