Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Part 1: Saturday, August 13 at 5 & 9 p.m. & Tuesday, August 16 at 8 a.m.
Part 2: Saturday, August 13 at 6 & 10 p.m. & Wednesday, August 17 at 8 a.m.
Sagal explores the Constitution’s most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism. The framers created a strong national government while preserving much of the power and independence of the states. This delicate balance of power, seemingly hard-wired for disagreement and conflict, has served America well for more than two centuries. But it has also led to tensions throughout American history and still sparks controversy today over medical marijuana, gun control and “Obamacare.”
In part two, Sagal explores the history of the Bill of Rights and addresses several stories – ripped from the headlines – involving freedom of speech, freedom of religion and right to privacy.