Your Weekly Constitutional (Subscribable)

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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.


100 Pieces

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ERA . . . in VA? Remember the ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment proposed in the Seventies designed to guarantee equal rights for women? It was neve...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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Montpelier’s Mission. Dennis Kernahan is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Montpelier Foundation, the nonprofit that operates James Madis...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Next time on Your Weekly Constitutional. When you go to the doctor to get a checkup, the doctor tells you how you're doing. Recently, James Madis...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Hanna Scruggs of James Madison’s Montpelier will tell us about the ongoing project to connect with the descendants of the Madisons’ enslaved commun...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 54:04
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Lincoln’s Apple. Each year, Lincoln Memorial University hosts the R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture, focused upon some aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s life. ...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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We've all heard of the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans were barred from most restaurants, gas stations and hotels in the South. Did you ever w...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2018
  • Length: 54:03
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Does it seem to you that the United States is perpetually at war? How did that happen? What, if anything, can we do about it? Stewart was recently...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 54:02
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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: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 54:02
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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...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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 ...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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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...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2018
  • Length: 53:58
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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...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
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Duty to Warn. The Goldwater Rule prohibits psychiatrists and psychologists from diagnosing anyone unless they have examined their subjects persona...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2018
  • Length: 53:59