Constitution USA with Peter Sagal

The relevance of the U.S. Constitution in the 21st century is examined. Ordinary people and constitutional experts alike weigh in on its merits and perceived faults while discussing such issues as the role of government, affirmative action, same-sex marriage and voting rights.

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The Commerce Clause
03:53 — Learn about the Commerce Clause and how Wickard v. Filburn started it all.
A More Perfect Union - Preview
00:30 — Take a sneak peak at CONSTUTITUION USA's 'A More Perfect Union.'
The Big Bang Theory
04:09 — Akhil Amar explains his view on the founding and how it is the significant moment in our history.
Constitutional Battle Ground State
03:45 — Visit Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA where the state rights and federal law are in conflict.
We Can’t Go it Alone!
04:27 — Peter Sagal visits Hoover Dam to illustrate the federal power during crisis.
Built to Last
52:40 — In this last episode, Sagal travels to Iceland, where after the country s economic collapse, leaders decided to create a new constitution, looking to (more…)
Power Struggle: Tug of War
05:03 — Gary Marbut discusses state rights and the advantage of state government.
Battles of School Prayer
07:41 — What exactly does the First Amendment say about religion? Learn more about the separation of church and state.
Philadelphia and the Constitutional Convention
05:56 — Historian Richard Beeman explains the issues facing the creation of a new goverment.
Separate but NOT Equal
04:28 — Visit Little Rock Central High School and learn how the federal government helped integration.
The Importance of the Constitution
01:01 — Justice Sandra Day O'Connor explains the importance of the learning about the Constitution.
What Right Does the Federal Government Have to Tell Us What
04:45 — Should the federal government tell us what to do? Jody Freeman explains the benefits.
Randy Barnett on Federalism
00:30 — Professor Randy Barnett explains his thoughts on federal power.
Created Equal
53:11 — The high ideals of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal didn t make it into the Constitution in 1787. It took three-quarte (more…)
It's a Free Country
53:10 — Ask Americans what the Constitution s most important feature is and most will say it s the guarantees of liberty enshrined in the Bill of Rights. In t (more…)
A More Perfect Union
53:10 — Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal (host of NPR s Wait, Wait Don t Tell Me ) travels across the country on a Harley (more…)
Rights of Privacy…in the bedroom or any room.
03:26 — Learn more about the rights of privacy and how the Constitution plays a role.
Economic Liberty
04:01 — Learn more about government sanctioned monopolies and how it is a Constitutional issue.
The Long View
03:06 — Historians Richard Beeman and Akhil Amar explain how the Constitution's ability to change.
Separation of Powers
01:17 — Our system of government is set up to control power, this animation explains how.
Where Should Free Speech End?
09:31 — Where should the right to free speech end? Peter Sagal explores what the first amendment means.
Too Much Power
03:52 — Learn about how Watergate tested the Constitution's system to balance power.
Eminent Domain Case: How Can You Take My House?
03:39 — What right does the government have to take property away from citizens?
Change does not always mean you need an Amendment…
04:36 — Amendments are not the only way to change rights, learn more from the ERA and Title 9.
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  • Premiered: May 7, 2013
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: The relevance of the U.S. Constitution in the 21st century is examined. Ordinary people and constitutional experts alike weigh in on its merits and perceived faults while discussing such issues as the role of government, affirmative action, same-sex marria… (more)

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