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With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America.

As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast “Presidential,” reporter Lillian Cunningham returns with this series exploring the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it — revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents – in the ongoing struggle to form a more perfect union across a vast and diverse land.

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With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America.

As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast “Presidential,” reporter Lillian Cunningham returns with this series exploring the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it — revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents – in the ongoing struggle to form a more perfect union across a vast and diverse land.

    Introducing Moonrise

    Introducing Moonrise

    Host Lillian Cunningham's next podcast explores the real story of why we went to the moon -- a darker, but truer story than the one you've heard before. Listen to this trailer, and subscribe on your favorite podcast app or at washingtonpost.com/moonrise.

    • 4 min
    Ourselves and our posterity

    Ourselves and our posterity

    In the "Constitutional" finale, we address listener questions about the history--and future--of the nation's governing document.

    • 56 min
    The First Amendment

    The First Amendment

    Why do First Amendment rights trump nearly every other right in America? Thank Jehovah's Witnesses.

    • 53 min
    Privacy

    Privacy

    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 question that captivated a justice appointed to the Supreme Court 100 years ago — Louis Brandeis.

    • 46 min
    Prohibition

    Prohibition

    The passage and then repeal of the 18th Amendment, banning alcohol in America, highlighted the pitfalls of trying to legislate against vice.

    • 54 min
    Taxes

    Taxes

    Congress today faces the same question it faced a century ago when creating the modern tax system: What kind of society should America be?

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

Greetings from Oz ,

So sad

Sad to hear it’s ending. So much more to learn.

GerardSavage ,

How do you improve on Preidental? You just do

Lillian Cunningham’s Presidental was fantastic- Constitutional is every bit as good! So insightful- an inspirational take on the very best of what the Constitution and Bill of Rights has done for USA and the rest of us!
Keep on going Lillian! Blow us away with your next project!!!!

An Australian observing the US ,

At last...

At last someone has gone back to analyse what's going wrong in Washington and why it's wrong, all in a format that's hugely interesting, listener friendly and authoritative. I loved Presidential and this looks to be just as good. Thank you.

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