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|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Stephen Ives; Amanda Pollak; Peter Sagal; Jaime Bernanke; TPT National Productions.; Insignia Films.; Twin Cities Public Television (Saint Paul, Minn.); PBS Distribution (Firm); Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
|Language Note:||English or Spanish dialogue with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).|
|Notes:||"Gun control. Drugs. Free speech. Hit the road to find out if the Constitution can keep pace with modern America."--Container.
Special features: Behind the scenes of Constitution USA with Peter Sagal; An interview with Peter Sagal; Peter and the bike; Sandra Day O'Connor on the Constitution; Richard Beeman on the presidency; Bill Keller on the First Amendment; Akhil Reed Amar on the 14th Amendment.
|Credits:||Co-producer, Christopher Buchanan ; associate producer, Nina Krstic, Jonathan Gottfried ; cinematography, Buddy Squires ; original music, Peter Rundquist ; production manager, Dan Kuvalakis ; edited by Omry Maoz (1st, 3rd episodes), Jim Isler (2nd episode), David Teague (3rd-4th episodes).|
|Performer(s):||Host, Peter Sagal.|
|Event notes:||Originally broadcast on PBS in May 2013.|
|Target Audience:||TV Parental Guidelines Rating: PG.|
|Description:||2 videodiscs (ca. 240 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Details:||DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen; 5.1 surround.|
|Contents:||[Disc 1]. [Episode 1]. A more perfect union. Introduction ; Peter gets a motorcycle ; Medical marijuana ; Constitutional origins ; The Constitutional Convention ; State rights ; Growth of federal power ; Commerce clause --
[Episode 2]. It's a free country. Introduction ; Arizona Leathernecks ; The Bill of Rights ; Free speech ; Right to an attorney ; School prayer ; Property rights ; Right to privacy ; Fathia's story --
[Disc 2]. [Episode 3]. Created equal. Introduction ; Citizenship class ; The "Second Constitution" ; Same sex marriage ; Voting rights ; Affirmative action ; Illegal immigrants ; Bedroom laws ; Economic liberty ; New citizens --
[Episode 4]. Built to last? Introduction ; Iceland's constitution ; Amendments ; Title IX ; Separation of powers ; Executive power ; Government inaction ; Congressional gridlock ; Constitutional crises ; A living document.
|Responsibility:||a production of TPT National Productions in association with Insignia Films ; produced by Twin Cities Public Television ; produced by Amanda Pollak ; written by Jaime Bernanke with additional material by Peter Sagal ; directed by Stephen Ives.|
[Episode 1]. A more perfect union: Peter explores the Constitution's most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism. The framers created a strong national government while at the same time 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.
[Episode 2]. It's a free country: Ask Americans what the Constitution's most important feature is, and most will say it's the guarantees of liberty enshrined in the Bill of Rights. In this episode, Peter explores the history of the Bill of Rights, and also takes on several stories ripped from the headlines, involving freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and right to privacy.
[Episode 3]. Created equal: The high ideals of the Declaration of Independence that 'all men are created equal,' endowed with 'unalienable rights,' didn't make it into the Constitution in 1787. It took three-quarters of a century, and a bloody civil war, before the Fourteenth Amendment of 1868 made equality a constitutional right, and gave the federal government the power to enforce it. The far-reaching changes created by that amendment established new notions of citizenship, equal protection, due process, and personal liberty and today those notions are being used to fight for same sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action, and immigration reform.
[Episode 4]. Built to last?: Peter travels to Iceland where a few years after the country's economic collapse, leaders decided to create a new constitution, turning to the U.S. Constitution for inspiration. This prompts Peter to consider why our own founding document has been able to last for more than 225 years. He looks at the systems that have kept the Constitution healthy -- amendments, judicial interpretation, checks and balances -- and also at the political forces that threaten to undermine the framers' vision: excessive partisanship leading to gridlock, money in politics, and gerrymandering.
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