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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For the first time, Stewart invites some of his seminar students onto the show to discuss their seminar papers. Jen Bolt has written about the pers...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 54:25
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The Dancing Deputy. Ever heard of Deuntay Diggs? He’s a Watch Commander at the Sherriff’s Office in Stafford County, Virginia. As part of his du...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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Tort Reform Update 2020. Appellate Attorney John Vail recently argued a case in the Tennessee Supreme Court presenting a very important issue: Doe...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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The Death of Caesar. Julius Caesar died over two thousand years ago, on March 15, 44 BCE. So why are we talking about him now? Well, because our...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2020
  • Length: 54:23
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Will Boris Johnson “get Brexit done” by the January 31 deadline? Looks like it—he has an overwhelming majority in Parliament. But what will cha...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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The Color of Law. Do you know the difference between de facto and de jure? They’re Latin terms, the first of which means “in effect,” and the sec...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2020
  • Length: 54:24
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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: Jan 09, 2020
  • Length: 54:26
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This week, Stewart talks to Sayu Bhojwani of New American Leaders, about her new book, “People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Demo...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2020
  • Length: 54:27
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Jane Crow. Have you ever heard of Pauli Murray? Didn’t think so. Neither had we, until Rosalind Rosenberg, a historian at Barnard College, wrote...

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  • Added: Dec 26, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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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: Dec 19, 2019
  • Length: 54:24
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It's that magical time of year! Carolers, presents, and . . . Bill of Rights Day! It's December 15 - remember? Sure you do. In honor of the 228th A...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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Drafting Articles of Impeachment. Donald Trump often claims that some people have been trying to impeach him since the day he was sworn in. He's ri...

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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The Ethically-Constrained President. No, not our current president. Another one, perhaps the greatest in our history: Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2019
  • Length: 54:23
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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: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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Reigning in the Deep State. You’ve heard of the so-called Deep State. Is it something nefarious, or just . . . well, unconstitutional? Stewart s...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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Have you been watching the parade? The parade of high federal officials lining up to testify before Congress in the impeachment inquiry? What’s g...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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Ever since the release of the Mueller Report, we’ve all been hearing about something called “obstruction of justice.” But what, precisely, does tha...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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Here We Go Again. The air is, once again, heavy with talk of impeachment. It’s happened three times before (if you count Richard Nixon’s resignat...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:27
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Virginia in the Vanguard. Recently, Stewart attended a conference at Montpelier, focused upon the essential role that Virginia has played in estab...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:26
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Constitutional Fault Lines. Sanford Levinson is a law professor from Texas who is very critical of our Constitution’s “structural flaws.” We inte...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 54:25
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