The Great Books

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 May 22, 2019

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Hillsdale College’s John J. Miller discusses classic works within the Western literary canon.

Episode Date
Episode 152: ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ by Ray Bradbury
33:00
John J. Miller is joined by Robert M. Woods of the Veritas Christian Academy to discuss Ray Bradbury's 'Something Wicked This Way Comes.'
Oct 20, 2020
Episode 151: Jefferson’s Bible
33:03
John J. Miller is joined by Peter Manseau to discuss Jefferson's Bible.
Oct 13, 2020
Episode 150: ‘Emma’ by Jane Austen
32:56
John J. Miller is joined by Rachel Mackey of the Hudson Institute to discuss Jane Austen's 'Emma.'
Oct 06, 2020
Episode 149: ‘The Memorandum’ by Vaclav Havel
34:28
John J. Miller is joined by Flagg Taylor of Skidmore College to discuss Vaclav Havel's 'The Memorandum.'
Sep 29, 2020
Episode 148: ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway
37:49
John J. Miller is joined by Missy Andrews of the Center for Literary Education to discuss Ernest Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea.'
Sep 22, 2020
Episode 147: ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’
34:26
John J. Miller is joined by Patricia Bart of Hillsdale College to discuss 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.'
Sep 15, 2020
Episode 146: ‘Scoop’ by Evelyn Waugh
33:05
John J. Miller is joined by Christopher Scalia of the American Enterprise Institute to discuss Evelyn Waugh's 'Scoop.'
Sep 08, 2020
Episode 145: ‘Democracy in America’ by Alexis de Tocqueville
31:08
John J. Miller is joined by Jenna Storey of Furman University to discuss Alexis de Tocqueville's 'Democracy in America.'
Sep 01, 2020
Episode 144: ‘Billy Budd’ by Herman Melville
33:19
John J. Miller is joined by Natalie Taylor of Skidmore College to discuss Herman Melville's 'Billy Budd.'
Aug 11, 2020
Episode 143: ‘Self-Reliance’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson
32:30
John J. Miller is joined by Brenda Wineapple to discuss Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Self-Reliance.'
Aug 04, 2020
Episode 142: ‘David Copperfield’ by Charles Dickens
34:03
John J. Miller is joined by David Whalen of Hillsdale College to discuss Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield.'
Jul 28, 2020
Episode 141: ‘The Song of Hiawatha’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
37:33
John J. Miller is joined by Nicholas Basbanes to discuss Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 'The Song of Hiawatha.'
Jul 21, 2020
Episode 141: ‘The Song of Hiawatha’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
37:33
John J. Miller is joined by Nicholas Basbanes to discuss Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 'The Song of Hiawatha.'
Jul 21, 2020
Episode 140: The Journalism of Ida B. Wells
32:22
John J. Miller is joined by Mia Bay of the University of Pennsylvania to discuss Ida B. Wells's life and journalistic work.
Jul 14, 2020
Episode 140: The Journalism of Ida B. Wells
32:22
John J. Miller is joined by Mia Bay of the University of Pennsylvania to discuss Ida B. Wells's life and journalistic work.
Jul 14, 2020
Episode 139: ‘The Life of Samuel Johnson’ by James Boswell
33:49
John J. Miller is joined by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University to discuss James Boswell's 'The Life of Samuel Johnson.'
Jul 07, 2020
Episode 139: ‘The Life of Samuel Johnson’ by James Boswell
33:49
John J. Miller is joined by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University to discuss James Boswell's 'The Life of Samuel Johnson.'
Jul 07, 2020
Episode 138: ‘The Persians’ by Aeschylus
30:59
John J. Miller is joined by Spencer Klavan to discuss Aeschylus's 'The Persians.'
Jun 30, 2020
Episode 138: ‘The Persians’ by Aeschylus
30:59
John J. Miller is joined by Spencer Klavan to discuss Aeschylus's 'The Persians.'
Jun 30, 2020
Episode 137: ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by Lucy Maude Montgomery
32:40
John J. Miller is joined by Haley Stewart to discuss Lucy Maude Montgomery's 'Anne of Green Gables.'
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 137: ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by Lucy Maude Montgomery
32:40
John J. Miller is joined by Haley Stewart to discuss Lucy Maude Montgomery's 'Anne of Green Gables.'
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 136: ‘The Decameron’ by Giovanni Boccaccio
30:17
John J. Miller is joined by Paul Rahe of Hillsdale College to discuss Giovanni Boccaccio's 'The Decameron.'
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 136: ‘The Decameron’ by Giovanni Boccaccio
30:17
John J. Miller is joined by Paul Rahe of Hillsdale College to discuss Giovanni Boccaccio's 'The Decameron.'
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 135: ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce
32:58
John J. Miller is joined by Dutton Kearney of Hillsdale College to discuss James Joyce's 'Ulysses.'
Jun 09, 2020
Episode 135: ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce
32:58
John J. Miller is joined by Dutton Kearney of Hillsdale College to discuss James Joyce's 'Ulysses.'
Jun 09, 2020
Episode 134: ‘Notes from Underground’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky
31:10
John J. Miller is joined by Jessica Hooten Wilson of John Brown University to discuss Fyodor Dostoevsky's 'Notes from Underground.'
Jun 02, 2020
Episode 134: ‘Notes from Underground’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky
31:10
John J. Miller is joined by Jessica Hooten Wilson of John Brown University to discuss Fyodor Dostoevsky's 'Notes from Underground.'
Jun 02, 2020
Episode 133: ‘The Rough Riders’ by Theodore Roosevelt
34:24
John J. Miller is joined by Thomas Bruscino of the U.S. Army War College to discuss Theodore Roosevelt's 'The Rough Riders.'
May 26, 2020
Episode 133: ‘The Rough Riders’ by Theodore Roosevelt
34:24
John J. Miller is joined by Thomas Bruscino of the U.S. Army War College to discuss Theodore Roosevelt's 'The Rough Riders.'
May 26, 2020
Episode 132: ‘Peter Pan’ by J. M. Barrie
32:39
John J. Miller is joined by Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College to discuss J. M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan.'
May 19, 2020
Episode 132: ‘Peter Pan’ by J. M. Barrie
32:39
John J. Miller is joined by Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College to discuss J. M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan.'
May 19, 2020
Episode 131: ‘Blindness’ by Jose Saramago
32:13
John J. Miller is joined by Todd Mack of Hillsdale College to discuss Jose Saramago's 'Blindness.'
May 12, 2020
Episode 130: Shakespeare’s Sonnets
31:26
John J. Miller is joined by Scott Newstok of Rhodes College to discuss Shakespeare's Sonnets.
May 05, 2020
Episode 129: ‘Gilgamesh’
31:46
John J. Miller is joined by Michael Schmidt to discuss 'Gilgamesh.'
Apr 28, 2020
Episode 128: ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding
31:40
John J. Miller is joined by David Hein to discuss William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies.'
Apr 21, 2020
Episode 127: ‘Gaudy Night’ by Dorothy L. Sayers
32:08
John J. Miller is joined by Francesca Wade to discuss Dorothy L. Sayers's 'Gaudy Night.'
Apr 14, 2020
Episode 126: ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ by Betty Smith
33:12
John J. Miller is joined by Meghan Cox Gurdon of the Wall Street Journal to discuss Betty Smith's 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.'
Apr 07, 2020
Episode 125: ‘Giants in the Earth’ by O. E. Rolvaag
33:45
John J. Miller is joined by Menachem Wecker to discuss O. E. Rolvaag's 'Giants in the Earth.'
Mar 31, 2020
Episode 124: ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ by William Shakespeare
34:31
John J. Miller is joined by Paul Cantor of the University of Virginia to discuss William Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra.'
Mar 24, 2020
Episode 123: ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad
32:59
John J. Miller is joined by Karen Swallow Prior of Liberty University to discuss Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness.'
Mar 17, 2020
Episode 122: ‘The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila’
31:16
John J. Miller is joined by Carlos Eire of Yale University to discuss 'The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila.'
Mar 10, 2020
Episode 121: ‘A Canticle for Leibowitz’ by Walter M. Miller Jr.
28:56
John J. Miller is joined by Daniel Kennelly of The American Interest to discuss Walter M. Miller Jr.'s 'A Canticle for Leibowitz.'
Mar 03, 2020
Episode 120: ‘Housekeeping’ by Marilynne Robinson
31:26
John J. Miller is joined by Lorraine Murphy of Hillsdale College to discuss Marilynne Robinson's 'Housekeeping.'
Feb 25, 2020
Episode 119: ‘The Bridge of San Luis Rey’ by Thornton Wilder
32:15
John J. Miller is joined by Kelly Scott Franklin of Hillsdale College to discuss Thornton Wilder's 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey.'
Feb 18, 2020
Episode 118: ‘The Scarlet Letter’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
35:01
John J. Miller is joined by Brenda Wineapple to discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter.'
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 117: ‘The Abolition of Man’ by C. S. Lewis
32:16
John J. Miller is joined by Michael Ward of the University of Oxford to discuss C. S. Lewis's 'The Abolition of Man.'
Feb 04, 2020
Episode 116: ‘Natural History’ by Pliny the Elder
33:51
John J. Miller is joined by Daisy Dunn to discuss Pliny the Elder's 'Natural History.'
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 115: ‘Tom Jones’ by Henry Fielding
33:37
John J. Miller is joined by Karen Swallow Prior of Liberty University to discuss Henry Fielding's 'Tom Jones.'
Jan 21, 2020
Episode 114: ‘Moby Dick’ by Herman Melville [Part 2]
31:06
John J. Miller is joined by Dwight Lindley of Hillsdale College to continue their discussion of Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick.'
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 113: ‘Moby-Dick’ by Herman Melville [Part 1]
32:41
John J. Miller is joined by Dwight Lindley of Hillsdale College to discuss Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick.'
Jan 07, 2020
Episode 112: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ by William Shakespeare
32:26
John J. Miller is joined by Benedict Whalen of Hillsdale College to discuss William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale.'
Dec 17, 2019
Episode 111: ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles
32:03
John J. Miller is joined by Matthew Mehan of Hillsdale College to discuss Sophocles's 'Antigone.'
Dec 10, 2019
Episode 110: ‘Time of the Doves’ by Merce Rodoreda
30:30
John J. Miller is joined by Todd Mack of Hillsdale College to discuss Merce Rodoreda's 'Time of the Doves.'
Dec 03, 2019
Episode 109: ‘The Prince’ by Niccolò Machiavelli
31:59
John J. Miller is joined by Paul Rahe of Hillsdale College to discuss Niccolò Machiavelli's 'The Prince.'
Nov 26, 2019
Episode 108: ‘The Song of Songs,’ from the Bible
35:02
John J. Miller is joined by Ilana Pardes of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to discuss 'The Song of Songs' from The Bible.
Nov 19, 2019
Episode 107: ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte
31:31
John J. Miller is joined by Lorraine Murphy of Hillsdale College to discuss Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights.'
Nov 12, 2019
Episode 106: ‘The Virginian’ by Owen Wister
31:41
John J. Miller is joined by Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College to discuss Owen Wister's 'The Virginian.'
Nov 05, 2019
Episode 105: ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker
35:29
John J. Miller is joined by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson to discuss Bram Stoker's 'Dracula.'
Oct 29, 2019
Episode 104: ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu
32:58
John J. Miller is joined by Andrew Latham of Macalester College to discuss Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War.'
Oct 22, 2019
Episode 103: ‘Two Treatises of Government,’ by John Locke
33:24
John J. Miller is joined by Thomas G. West of Hillsdale College to discuss John Locke's 'Two Treatises of Government.'
Oct 15, 2019
Episode 102: ‘Darkness at Noon’ by Arthur Koestler
34:15
John J. Miller is joined by Flagg Taylor of Skidmore College to discuss Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon.
Oct 08, 2019
Episode 101: ‘The Faerie Queene’ by Edmund Spenser
30:59
John J. Miller is joined by Rachel Dankert of the Folger Shakespeare Library to discuss Edmund Spenser's 'The Faerie Queene.'
Oct 01, 2019
Episode 100: ‘The Unmaking of a Mayor,’ by William F. Buckley Jr.
31:20
John J. Miller is joined by Neal Freeman to discuss William F. Buckley Jr.'s 'The Unmaking of a Mayor.'
Sep 24, 2019
Episode 99: ‘Madame Bovary,’ by Gustave Flaubert
32:27
John J. Miller is joined by Zena Hitz of St. John's College to discuss Gustave Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary.'
Sep 17, 2019
Episode 98: ‘Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison
36:53
John J. Miller is joined by Lucas Morel of Washington & Lee University to discuss Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man.'
Sep 10, 2019
Episode 97: ‘King Lear’ by William Shakespeare
33:22
John J. Miller is joined by David Whalen of Hillsdale College to discuss William Shakespeare's 'King Lear.'
Sep 03, 2019
Episode 96: ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ by Zora Neale Hurston
34:14
John J. Miller is joined by Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College to discuss Zora Neale Hurston's 'Their Eyes Were Watching God.'
Aug 13, 2019
Episode 95: ‘The Sketch Book’ by Washington Irving
31:07
John J. Miller is joined by Tracy Hoffman of Baylor University to discuss Washington Irving's 'The Sketch Book.'
Aug 06, 2019
Episode 94: ‘Epigrammata’ by Thomas More
33:42
John J. Miller is joined by Veronica Brooks of Hillsdale College to discuss Thomas More's 'Epigrammata.'
Jul 30, 2019
Episode 93: ‘The 39 Steps’ by John Buchan
33:43
John J. Miller is joined by Ursula Buchan to discuss John Buchan's 'The 39 Steps.'
Jul 23, 2019
Episode 92: ‘1984’ by George Orwell
33:48
John J. Miller is joined by John Rodden to discuss George Orwell's '1984.'
Jul 16, 2019
Episode 91: ‘The Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer
34:01
John J. Miller is joined by Marion Turner of the University of Oxford to discuss Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales.'
Jul 09, 2019
Episode 90: ‘The Killer Angels’ by Michael Shaara
34:15
John J. Miller is joined by Adam Carrington of Hillsdale College to discuss Michael Shaara's 'The Killer Angels.'
Jul 02, 2019
Episode 47: The Unimpeachable Return
1:00:12
Jay and Luke are back, this time discussing the future structure of this very podcast and giving a deep explanation of impeachment. 
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 89: The Popol Vuh
34:16
John J. Miller is joined by Michael Bazzett to discuss 'The Popol Vuh,' the epic poem of the Mayan people.
Jun 25, 2019
Episode 88: ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen
31:11
John J. Miller is joined by Lorraine Murphy of Hillsdale College to discuss Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility.'
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 87: The Book of Isaiah
32:49
John J. Miller is joined by Spencer Klavan to discuss the book of Isaiah.
Jun 11, 2019
Episode 86: ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ by Henry James
34:13
John J. Miller is joined by Natalie Taylor to discuss Henry James's 'The Portrait of a Lady.'
Jun 04, 2019
Episode 85: ‘The Idea of a University’ by John Henry Newman
32:58
John J. Miller is joined by David Deavel to discuss John Henry Newman's 'The Idea of a University.'
May 28, 2019
Episode 84: ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley
34:09
John J. Miller is joined by Amy Sturgis to discuss Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein.'
May 21, 2019
Episode 83: ‘Kristin Lavransdatter’ by Sigrid Undset
32:11
John J. Miller is joined by Haley Stewart to discuss Sigrid Undset's 'Kristin Lavransdatter.'
May 14, 2019
Episode 82: ‘King John’ by William Shakespeare
33:55
John J. Miller is joined by Khalil Habib to discuss William Shakespeare's 'King John.'
May 07, 2019
Episode 81: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee
34:36
John J. Miller is joined by Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College to discuss Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
Apr 30, 2019
Episode 80: ‘My Early Life’ by Winston S. Churchill
31:13
John J. Miller is joined by Richard Langworth of Hillsdale College to discuss Winston S. Churchill's 'My Early Life.'
Apr 23, 2019
Episode 79: ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ by John Kennedy Toole
30:20
John J. Miller is joined by Jessica Hooten Wilson of John Brown University to discuss John Kennedy Toole's 'A Confederacy of Dunces.'
Apr 16, 2019
Episode 78: ‘Les Miserables’ by Victor Hugo
31:07
John J. Miller is joined by David Bellos to discuss Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables.'
Apr 09, 2019
Episode 77: ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ by Mark Twain
30:50
John J. Miller is joined by Susan Orr Traffas to discuss Mark Twain's 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.'
Apr 02, 2019
Episode 47: Just How Elastic Is the Elastic Clause?
1:23:21
Jay and Luke dive headfirst into the Louisiana Purchase to explore the battle over the Elastic Clause.
Mar 27, 2019
Episode 76: ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’ by Adam Smith
31:23
John J. Miller is joined by Russ Roberts of EconTalk to discuss Adam Smith's 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments.'
Mar 26, 2019
Episode 75: ‘Don Quixote,’ by Cervantes
31:33
John J. Miller is joined by Todd Mack of Hillsdale College to discuss Cervantes's 'Don Quixote.'
Mar 19, 2019
Episode 46: Who Reviews: Marbury v. Madison and the Marshall Court
1:18:00
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the origins of judicial review.
Mar 14, 2019
Episode 74: ‘The Martian Chronicles,’ by Ray Bradbury
32:27
John J. Miller is joined by Robert M. Woods to discuss Ray Bradbury's 'The Martian Chronicles.'
Mar 12, 2019
Episode 73: ‘The House of the Seven Gables,’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
33:21
John J. Miller is joined by Kelly Scott Franklin of Hillsdale College to discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The House of the Seven Gables.'
Mar 05, 2019
Episode 45: The Revolution of 1800
1:09:15
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the Election of 1800. This contest, pitting Thomas Jefferson against John Adams, is not simply important because it was the first time power transferred from one party to another. It also marked the first time a party organization was integral in bringing about a victory for a candidate.
Feb 26, 2019
Episode 72: ‘A Journal of the Plague Year,’ by Daniel Defoe
28:30
John J. Miller is joined by Lorraine Murphy of Hillsdale College to discuss Daniel Defoe's 'A Journal of the Plague Year.'
Feb 26, 2019
Episode 71: ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find,’ by Flannery O’Connor
John J. Miller is joined by Karen Swallow Prior of Liberty University to discuss Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find.'
Feb 19, 2019
Episode 44: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
1:07:27
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.
Feb 14, 2019
Episode 43: Constitutional Moments: Last Treaty in Paris
1:32:55
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the foreign crisis of 1793 to 1795 and its impact on the development of executive power.
Jan 31, 2019
Special Episode: Hamilton and the Free Press [42]
45:59
In this special episode, Luke speaks to the First Families and St. Andrew's Society of New York at the Down Town Association. His speech covers Alexander Hamilton's attitude towards the free press.
Jan 23, 2019
Episode 41: A Republic, If You Can Keep It: The Ninth and Tenth Amendments
1:12:16
In this final episode from our Bill of Rights series, Jay and Luke read the Ninth Amendment and Tenth Amendments together, trace the political fight between Federalists and Antifederalists underlying these amendments, and show how they frame the relationship between the people, the states, and the federal government.
Jan 14, 2019
Episode 40: The Eighth Amendment: A Cruel and Unusual Episode
1:01:26
This week the guys dig into the Eight Amendment's prohibitions on excessive fines and bail, and on cruel or unusual punishments.
Jan 02, 2019
Episode 39: For Twenty Dollars More — Understanding the Seventh Amendment
1:05:42
Luke and Jay spend this episode digging into the peculiar American institution of the civil jury: recruiting your fellow citizens to decide disputes over everything from a cow to a global corporation. The civil jury grows in response to concerns about courts of equity: In revolutionary America (and in England), parties could choose whether to have their cases decided according to law or according to a separate equitable judicial system. Americans aren't willing to let the equity system continue without juries, so we wind up with the Seventh Amendment. Yet this raises a question: When does the common law begin or end? As it turns out, the founding generation simply asserts that the English common law applies up to revolution and then lets things run after that. However, always skeptical of the citizenry, the states resist implementing the civil jury, and despite the 14th Amendment, the civil jury has never been incorporated against the states. The guys dig deeply into the ideology and the empirical evidence underpinning hostility to the civil jury, but ultimately side with the civil jury as a virtuous institution reflective of the Founders' devotion to citizen power. 
Dec 06, 2018
Episode 38: Know Your Rights
1:21:44
Jay and Luke take you through the parts of the Sixth Amendment, from speedy and public trials, to the subpoena power. What constitutes an impartial trial and why do we have to have trials in the locality where a crime is committed? The guys connect the Sixth Amendment back to the political and military amendments to outline exactly how Madison imagined using juries to enforce the liberties guaranteed by the early amendments in the Bill of Rights. 
Nov 28, 2018
Episode 37: Pleading the Fifth, Part Two: Protecting Your Conscience and Taking Your Stuff
1:24:00
Today, Jay and Luke talk about the second half of the Fifth Amendment, which means digging into the right against self-incrimination, the guarantee of due process of law, and finally the Takings Clause. 
Nov 21, 2018
Episode 36: Pleading the Fifth [Part 1]
1:04:07
Today, Luke and Jay talk about the first half of the Fifth Amendment. What's so grand about a Grand Jury? Where does it come from and why do we still use it? The guys unpack that and more, looking all the way back to Runnymede and beyond. They also unpack the martial law provisions of the amendment and explain how we think about the law in fundamentally different ways than Madison and his contemporaries did. Finally, they explain how the prohibition on double jeopardy illustrates the intermingling of the common and Roman legal traditions long before Blackstone. Next week, they are going to deal with self-incrimination, due process, or takings.
Nov 15, 2018
Episode 35: Introducing the Jury Amendments
1:07:20
In this episode, Jay and Luke take a step back before diving into the jury amendments. We have a look at how the jury amendments turn from building institutions and rights around confidence in neighbors to protect one another from injustice, and towards enforcing those rights with neighborliness as a remedy.
Oct 30, 2018
Episode 34: The Fourth Amendment: Hinge of the Bill of Rights
1:07:25
In this week's episode, Jay and Luke take a look at the Fourth Amendment.
Oct 18, 2018
Episode 33: No Quarter: Understanding the Third Amendment
1:12:09
In this week's episode, Jay and Luke dig into the most successful, and therefore least controversial, of the the ten amendments that make up the Bill of Rights: the prohibition on quartering soldiers. But there's a lot more to the Third Amendment than meets the eye. Most striking to today's reader, it embodies a skepticism of armies with deep historical roots in the 30 Years War, Cromwell's New Model Army, and most immediately the British Occupation of Boston. Beyond historical experience, however, anti-army sentiment came with a rich ideological pedigree, rooted in classical republican ideas of citizenship, humanist, and Enlightenment ideas about the causes and consequences of war, and of course a general hostility to monarchy. Yet in ratifying the Third Amendment, Congress also set a pattern for civil-military relations that survives to this day. Why has the army been a major driver of economic development and social change? The Third Amendment is a major reason. Listen to find out why. 
Oct 10, 2018
Episode 32: Lawyers, Guns, and Money
1:19:04
In this week's episode the guys talk guns. It's the Second Amendment episode, and we're digging in to the right to bear arms: Where did it come from, what did it mean, how was it implemented, and does it still make sense? From James II and the Glorious Revolution to Little Turtle's War in the Ohio Valley, we walk through America's unique and fascinating history with firearms, the right to bear arms's relationship to both ancient and modern concepts of liberty, and why everybody wanted a militia even though they were terrible at actually fighting. 
Oct 02, 2018
Episode 31: Freedom of Speech! (Plus Press, Petition, and Assembly)
1:16:02
This week, Jay and Luke dig into the second part of the First Amendment. They show how Congress curtailed Madison's original protections for free speech and a free press, while taking a look at what these freedoms meant as a practical matter to the founding generation. Politics was pretty wild in late eighteenth century. America had a robust publishing culture that mainly churned out pamphlets and broadsheets -- most famously Common Sense in 1776. Heated pamphleting mirrored and fed a robust protest culture. Rioting was common, and wasn't universally frowned upon, meaning the Framers understood “peaceable assembly” in broad terms. Hanging and burning effigies was common; people raised maypoles. There was a lot of fist-fighting and pretty much everybody was drunk. So the point of the freedom to assemble was a way of creating the latent potential for escalation, which the state would seek to avoid by coming to terms with the assembled. Petition, similarly, would allow the people to make a demand of government. The government might not do anything per se, but the government would face political pressure to give an account of itself. The colonists famously petitioned George III and used his indifference to their remonstrances as justification for revolution. 
Sep 24, 2018
Episode 30: The Religion Clauses
1:25:51
In this episode, the guys discuss the First Amendment “Religion Clauses”, which prohibit the establishment of a national church and guarantee the right to free exercise of religion. They spend some time looking at Madison’s initial draft of the amendment and how Congress simplified it in the text that was ultimately ratified, leading some contemporary readers to incorrectly see the Founders as drawing a high distinction between religious and political activities. Madison is really pushing two larger ideas. First, he’s effectively outlawing prior restraints by the federal government when it comes to the pulpit and the press. Second, he’s trying to spark pluralism, which he views as generative of greater energy and, as a result, greater creativity. Finally, the guys wrap up breaking down the historical meaning of establishmentarianism and why the free exercise clause was just intuitive to early Americans.
Sep 19, 2018
Episode 29: Understanding the First Amendment
1:11:45
Today, Jay and Luke begin digging into the Bill of Rights, starting with the First Amendment. Most Americans don't realize that what we know as the First Amendment was originally the Third Amendment in Madison's planned version of the Bill of Rights. The original First Amendment, which we call "Amendment A", dealt with the size of Congressional Districts. The original Second Amendment dealt with Congressional pay and, after 202 years, 7 months, and 10 days, was finally ratified as the 27th Amendment.
Sep 04, 2018
Episode 28: Introducing the Bill of Rights
1:18:29
In this episode, Jay and Luke introduce the principles underpinning the Bill of Rights.
Aug 28, 2018
Episode 27: The Rise of the Political Parties
1:23:50
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the rise of the political parties.
Aug 20, 2018
Episode 26: The Price of Greatness, Part 3
1:59:05
In this episode, Jay and Luke finish their discussion of Jay’s new book, 'The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy. They focus on politics and policy during the Age of Jefferson and beyond.'
Jul 13, 2018
Episode 25: The Price of Greatness: Part 2
1:19:13
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke continue their discussion of Jay’s new book, 'The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy.'
Jun 25, 2018
Episode 24: The Price of Greatness, Part 1
1:09:37
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss Jay’s new book, 'The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy.'
Jun 04, 2018
Episode 23: 1789
1:29:10
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke examine the first session of the First Congress, which met from the spring through the fall of 1789.
May 28, 2018
Episode 22: The First Federal Election
31:14
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the first federal election, held in 1788-1789.
May 15, 2018
Episode 21: Ratification, Part 4: Virginia and New York
1:05:30
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke finish their discussion of the ratification debates with a look at Virginia and New York.
Apr 19, 2018
Episode 20: Ratification, Part 3: New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Rhode Island
1:19:22
In this week’s episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke continue their discussion of ratification.
Mar 30, 2018
Episode 19: Ratification, Part 2: Amendments!
1:16:51
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke continue their review of the ratifying conventions.
Mar 15, 2018
Episode 18: Ratification, Part 1: Big Wins for the Federalists
1:07:21
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke begin their discussion of ratification.
Mar 09, 2018
Episode 17: Evaluating the Anti-Federalists
1:06:28
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke finish their discussion of the Anti-Federalists by asking: What did they get right?
Feb 27, 2018
Episode 16: To Save the Republic
1:03:29
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke continue their discussion of the Anti-Federalists.
Feb 13, 2018
Episode 15: Like a Beacon
58:09
In this week’s episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke continue their discussion of the Anti-Federalists.
Feb 06, 2018
Episode 14: Introducing the Anti-Federalists
50:39
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the Anti-Federalists, the politicians and polemicists who opposed the Constitution during the ratification debate of 1787-1788.
Jan 29, 2018
Episode 13: Hamilton’s Executive
1:01:40
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss Alexander Hamilton’s theory of the executive branch.
Jan 23, 2018
Episode 12: Write It Down!
58:59
In this episode, Jay and Luke discuss the importance of a written Constitution.
Jan 09, 2018
Episode 11: The Congressional Beast
37:30
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke take on the myth that our government is one of “co-equal branches.”
Jan 02, 2018
Episode 10: The Electoral College
52:53
In this week’s episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the Electoral College, the Rube Goldberg device the Founding Fathers created to select the president.
Dec 18, 2017
Episode 9: Slavery and the Constitution
1:14:10
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the role that slavery played at the Constitutional Convention.
Dec 11, 2017
Episode 8: The Great Compromise
1:03:54
In this week’s episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss opposition against the Virginia Plan at the Constitutional Convention.
Dec 04, 2017
Episode 7: A National Union?
58:33
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the first two weeks of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, where the nationalists — led by James Madison and James Wilson — make remarkable headway in crafting a new government in late May and early June 1787.
Nov 20, 2017
Episode 6: On To Philadelphia!
1:05:43
In this week’s episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke begin their review of the Constitutional Convention, held in Philadelphia during the spring and summer of 1787.
Nov 13, 2017
Episode 5: Alexander Hamilton, The Enfant Terrible
1:31:09
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the views of Alexander Hamilton.
Nov 06, 2017
Episode 4: James Madison: The Man with the Plan
1:28:15
In this episode, Jay and Luke discuss the political philosophy of James Madison, the author of the “Virginia Plan” of government submitted to the Constitutional Convention.
Oct 30, 2017
Episode 3: America’s Mulligan
1:12:22
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke continue to discuss the Articles of Confederation (a.k.a. America’s Mulligan), arguing that there were two major failures.
Oct 23, 2017
Episode 2: What’s So Bad about the Articles of Confederation?
41:57
In the second episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay Cost and Luke Thompson look at the Articles of Confederation, the first government of the United States. The Articles were too weak to […]
Oct 16, 2017
Episode 1: Why the Constitution Matters
37:51
In this inaugural episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay Cost and Luke Thompson make the case for the average American to study the Constitution.
Oct 09, 2017