Constitution USA: A More Perfect Union, Part 1
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Constitution USA: A More Perfect Union, Part 1

Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 p.m.

Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal (host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me”) travels across the country on a Harley Davidson to find out where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn’t; how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart.

In the first installment -- "A More Perfect Union" -- Sagal explores the Constitution’s most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism.

The framers created a strong national government while 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.”