19 episodes

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

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