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Episodes

Episode 12: The common defense

12/4/2017
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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 been so clear.

Duration: 00:50:56


Episode 11: War

11/20/2017
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What was the original point of the Second Amendment? We examine its colonial and revolutionary roots—plus its quiet companion, the Third Amendment—with renowned American history scholar Gordon Wood.

Duration: 00:42:43


Episode 10: Love

11/6/2017
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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 concepts in the heart of the document itself.

Duration: 00:40:07


Episode 09: Fair punishment

10/23/2017
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"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."

Duration: 00:52:27


Episode 08: Fair trials

10/9/2017
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In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that states must offer a defense attorney to all poor people accused of crimes. It was a decision that transformed the concept of fair trials in America, but that still left major challenges to the justice system today.

Duration: 00:47:58


Episode 07: Congress and citizens

9/25/2017
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Is it a feature or a bug of the amendment process that an idea of James Madison's, more than 200 years ago, could be recently resurrected and etched into the U.S. Constitution?

Duration: 00:40:19


Episode 06: Senate and states

9/11/2017
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When the United States changed its process for electing senators, did that lead to a decline in state power? Or did it instead bring us closer to a "more perfect union"?

Duration: 00:46:46


Hear ye! Hear ye!

9/4/2017
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Now that we've concluded our mini-series exploring "we the people," we're moving to a biweekly schedule, with brand new Constitutional episodes coming out every other Monday. Stay tuned!

Duration: 00:02:01


Episode 05: Gender

8/28/2017
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From the American Revolution through today, women have been leading a long-burning rebellion to gain rights not originally guaranteed under the Constitution.

Duration: 00:50:02


Episode 04: Race

8/21/2017
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As powerful as it was to change the Constitution after the Civil War, and enshrine racial equality into our governing document, that wasn’t enough to change the reality of life in America.

Duration: 00:52:59


Episode 03: Nationality

8/14/2017
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What makes someone American? A landmark Supreme Court case in 1898, involving a child born in San Francisco to Chinese immigrant parents, would help answer that question.

Duration: 00:48:45


Episode 02: Ancestry

8/7/2017
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This "we the people" episode explores indigenous rights. In 1879, a case involving Chief Standing Bear came before a Nebraska courtroom and demanded an answer to the question: Are Native Americans considered human beings under the U.S. Constitution?

Duration: 00:42:06


We the people

7/31/2017
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In the next set of episodes for Constitutional, we’ll focus on four groups of people who have gained rights that weren’t originally there in the Constitution.

Duration: 00:02:21


Episode 01: Framed

7/24/2017
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In the premier episode of “Constitutional,” we go back in time to that hot Philadelphia summer in 1787 when a group of revolutionary Americans debated, drank and together drafted the U.S. Constitution. Episode guests include historian Erica Dunbar, National Archivist David Ferriero, the Library of Congress’s Julie Miller and the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen.

Duration: 01:04:36


The preamble

7/17/2017
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In order to form a more perfect podcast, we created this overview of what you can expect from "Constitutional" when it launches July 24.

Duration: 00:03:35


Introducing 'Constitutional'

6/29/2017
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Preview The Washington Post's newest podcast, a narrative series about the revolutionary figures who shaped America's story. Subscribe now to get the first episode when it launches July 24.

Duration: 00:04:49