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
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.
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.
Congress’s Post-Watergate Period
Jay and Luke discuss Congress’s evolution and role after the Watergate scandal.
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.
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.
Congress and the Civil War
Jay and Luke discuss Congress and the mid 1800s.