Ourselves and our posterity
February 12th, 2018
In the "Constitutional" finale, we address listener questions about the history--and future--of the nation's governing document.
The First Amendment
January 29th, 2018
Why do First Amendment rights trump nearly every other right in America? Thank Jehovah's Witnesses.
January 15th, 2018
How should the Constitution's privacy protections be translated for a new era? This is a question before the Supreme Court today, but it was also a …
January 1st, 2018
The passage and then repeal of the 18th Amendment, banning alcohol in America, highlighted the pitfalls of trying to legislate against vice.
December 18th, 2017
Congress today faces the same question it faced a century ago when creating the modern tax system: What kind of society should America be?
The common defense
December 4th, 2017
One intention the framers had when creating the U.S. Constitution was to “provide for the common defense.” But who shoulders that duty has not always …
November 20th, 2017
What was the original point of the Second Amendment? We examine its colonial and revolutionary roots—plus its quiet companion, the Third …
November 6th, 2017
The words "marriage" and "love" appear nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. Yet 50 years ago, the Supreme Court issued a decision that would embed those …
October 23rd, 2017
"There is so much feeling of racial injustice around the issue of punishment. And you have to understand that those feelings have a history -- and that history is Parchman Farm."
October 9th, 2017
In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that states must offer a defense attorney to all poor people accused of crimes. The decision …