Not Really Methods But Whatevs: CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal

If you're like me, you wear many hats—not just the methodologist one, but also the jack-of-all-trades Americanist/comparativist/policy scholar one too. If you're not, you have my sincerest congratulations, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Anyway, if you do teach American government (or teach comparative politics outside the U.S.), the American PBS network is currently showing a four-part series on the U.S. Constitution (not particularly imaginatively) called CONSTITUTION USA With Peter Sagal. The first part, which largely covered federalism (particularly the supremacy and commerce clauses), aired Tuesday evening and can be watched online at the linked site above, and your local affiliate may also have reruns scheduled: Georgia Public Broadcasting is re-airing the premiere Sunday morning at 4 a.m. (set DVRs to stun).

While I don't think the show is a substitute for full lectures and discussions on the topics, based on the first episode, I do think it might be a valuable supplement in-class or assigned as a out-of-class exercise for anyone who hasn't quite figured out how to explain to bored 18-year-olds why they should care deeply about such things as a 70-year old Supreme Court case involving a wheat farmer.

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The first part, which largely

The first part, which largely covered federalism (particularly the supremacy and commerce clauses), aired Tuesday evening and can be watched online at the linked site above, and your local affiliate may also have reruns scheduled: air duct cleaning