Cynthia Levinson | WAMC

Cynthia Levinson

A few years back, we spoke to the authors of a book aimed at young people called “Fault Lines in the Constitution – The Framers, their Fights and the Flaws that Affect Us Today” that pointed out the faults in the constitution with stories and examples from current and historical events. An updated edition of the book came out last year in paperback.

Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. In the book "Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today" Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced and then they offer possible solutions.

Sanford Levinson joins us. The book was originally released in 2017 but a new edition has been published, adding two new chapters.

The United States constitution has been written and argued about for over two centuries. And there are some who think a lot of those arguments are being put to the test as we speak. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a constitutional scholar tells us how he thinks the old document is doing.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute thinking about the next election.

If we’ve learned anything over the past year and a half it’s that the constitution has some gaps. The United States Constitution has a lot of fans. To hear some politicians and pundits talk you would think it was the most perfect document ever drafted. But when you stop and really look into it, this puppy has some issues.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll listen to a conversation I had last year with the authors of a book for students outlining the many fault lines of the constitution.

The United States Constitution has a lot of fans. To hear some politicians and pundits talk you would think it was the most perfect document ever drafted. But when you stop and really look into it, this puppy has some issues.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll to the authors of a new book for students outlining the many fault lines of the constitution.

And we’ll spend an academic minute with a gentle reminder…WASH YOUR HANDS!

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