Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
This series is a multi-media project that explores the Constitution and its role in the American story - from its creation, to the crises that challenged and reshaped it, to contemporary debates over rights and the role of government.
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal Previous Broadcasts
Built to Last? (Episode #104H)
KQED World: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
In this last episode, Sagal travels to Iceland, where after the country's economic collapse, leaders decided to create a new constitution, looking to the U.S. Constitution for inspiration. This prompts Sagal to consider why our own founding document has lasted 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.