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In Constitutionally Speaking, Jay Cost and Luke Thompson make the case that all Americans should study the Constitution. They both think that for citizens to get the most out of their government, it is important for them to understand how the Constitution works. And their hope is that this podcast can serve as a nonpartisan (and fun!) source of information for people of all political persuasions.

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In Constitutionally Speaking, Jay Cost and Luke Thompson make the case that all Americans should study the Constitution. They both think that for citizens to get the most out of their government, it is important for them to understand how the Constitution works. And their hope is that this podcast can serve as a nonpartisan (and fun!) source of information for people of all political persuasions.

    The Electoral Connection

    The Electoral Connection

    In this week’s episode, Jay and Luke examine what makes members of Congress tick. The answer: paranoia. Specifically, the all-abiding fear that they might lose reelection. The congressional drive toward reelection frames their entire career in Congress, especially how they interact with their constituents back home. It determines how they view their districts and how they communicate with it. Those who are good at this job tend to win reelection. Those who don’t, don’t.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Congress Since the 1990s

    Congress Since the 1990s

    In this final installment of their "Historical Congress" series, Luke and Jay discuss various facets of the legislative group since the 1990s.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Congress’s Post-Watergate Period

    Congress’s Post-Watergate Period

    Jay and Luke discuss Congress’s evolution and role after the Watergate scandal.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Congress Confronts the Presidential Government -- Progressivism, the New Deal, and the Great Society

    Congress Confronts the Presidential Government -- Progressivism, the New Deal, and the Great Society

    Luke and Jay take a look at Congress's confrontation with reform, from the collapse of the Populist movement through the rise of modern American liberalism. As the Civil War generation fades into the past, new cleavages and governing patterns emerge.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Rise of the Senate in the 19th Century

    The Rise of the Senate in the 19th Century

    Jay and Luke take a look at the long period of congressional dominance in the 19th century, and they explain how congressional supremacy survived everything from the Civil War to civil-service reform.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Congress and the Civil War

    Congress and the Civil War

    Jay and Luke discuss Congress and the mid 1800s.

    • 1 hr 15 min

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