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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“Domestic terrorism” has been in the news a lot lately. Many of the mass shootings we’ve recently experienced seem to have been motivated, at leas...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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Well, it seems we have a trade war on our hands, and a big part of it involves tariffs. What, precisely, is a tariff? And who has the constitutio...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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Next time on Your Weekly Constitutional. These days it seems that the words "democracy" and "truth" are mutually exclusive, but historian Sophia R...

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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This week, we finish our two-part interview with our go-to guy on all things Brexit, British barrister William Walton of the University of Hertford...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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Remember Brexit? Yeah, it’s still around, although still theoretical. It’s been three years since the Brexit referendum, and Great Britain is sti...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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Steven Waldman has been writing about religion and spirituality for a long time. He is the co-founder of Beliefnet, a website devoted to such issu...

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:22
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Ever wish you could go back in time and talk to one of your favorite historical characters? James Madison, for instance? Well, Stewart recently d...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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A.E. “Dick: Howard is the Forrest Gump of constitutional law. Over the past half-century, when governments fell, when new governments arose, when ...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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Matt Reeves is the Director of Archaeology at Montpelier. He and Stewart discuss the next big project there: the excavation and eventual reconstru...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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This time on Your Weekly Constitutional: Stewart Harris talks with Mary Ziegler, the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University C...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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The First Integration: A year before Little Rock, twelve brave African-American students in Clinton, Tennessee, integrated an all-white public hig...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 54:27
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Next time on Your Weekly Constitutional...the Mueller Report is out! It's online. So, have you read the whole thing? Yeah, that's what I thought...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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The Goldwater Rule prohibits psychiatrists and psychologists from diagnosing anyone unless they have examined the patient personally. But some hea...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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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...

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  • 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
  • Purchases: 1