Exploring the US Constitution

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The Diane Rehm Show, a news/entertainment program on National Public Radio, is doing a special series about the United States Constitution. The first installment was about the separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government. The second installment was an in-depth look at the Bill of Rights: the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. You can listen to both of the radio shows online, and the first one already has a transcript posted for you to read. The second one was just broadcast this morning, so the transcript isn’t online yet – I’m sure it will be soon.


Understanding the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights is really fundamental to understanding the way that democracy works in this country, and the reasons that it has persisted to the present day despite many social/cultural transformations and political changes.

— Ivy Bohnlein