Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: A More Perfect Union

About This Episode


One of the most revolutionary aspects of the Constitution is “federalism,” the innovative system which created a strong national government while preserving much of the independence of the states. This delicate balance of power has served America well for more than two centuries but has also led to tensions throughout American history, sparking controversy even today.

Traveling across the country, Peter Sagal meets those, including a gun rights advocate and the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary, who believe that the federal government is now too big, assuming more power than the framers intended. On the flip side, Peter meets passionate advocates who point to the central contributions that made only by a strong central government. He’ll learn how, in times of crisis like the battle over integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, it was the federal government that stepped in to make a difference.