Constitution U.S.A. with Peter Sagal

News Release Date: 
April 26, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 26, 2013) -- As America recognizes the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution, NET Television will air “Constitution U.S.A. with Peter Sagal,” a four-part series airing Tuesdays in May, beginning May 7, at 8 p.m. CT on NET1/HD.

With 4,418 words and 27 amendments, the Constitution unites us as a nation, but it has also nearly torn us apart. 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 motorcycle to find out how the Constitution works and how it doesn’t.

The framers of the Constitution created a strong national government while preserving much of the power and independence of the states. This delicate balance of power has served America for more than two centuries, but it has also led to tensions and still sparks controversy.

In “Constitution U.S.A. with Peter Sagal,” Sagal introduces some major constitutional debates and talks with ordinary Americans and leading constitutional experts about what the Constitution actually says and what it means, the dramatic historical events and crises that have defined it, and why all this matters. He also examines the Bill of Rights, the 14th Amendment that guarantees equality, the systems that have kept the Constitution healthy, and the political forces that threaten to undermine the framers’ vision.

With  style and humor, “Constitution U.S.A. with Peter Sagal,”uses an innovative visual approach, combining top-line animation and graphics with archival footage from television and movies to bring to life both the history and the actual text of the Constitution.

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