90.7 WMFE Celebrates the U.S. Constitution Throughout January
90.7 WMFE CELEBRATES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION THROUGHOUT JANUARY
The month-long project features readings of the full text of the Constitution and Amendments by well-known actors, journalists and community members
ORLANDO – The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America, but how much do Americans really know about it and apply it to their daily lives?
In January, Central Florida’s public radio station presents WMFE’s Celebration of the U.S. Constitution, featuring readings of the U.S. Constitution and the Amendments, which lay out our nation’s core beliefs and principles and remind us of the values we share, regardless of party affiliation or candidate preference.
Noon and 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2: On a special Intersection episode, Matthew Peddie will discuss the document that underpins life in America. It’s a text that derives strength from its brevity, and yet the language also leaves room for interpretation, and we see lawyers and lawmakers grappling over its meaning today. Peddie will talk to Barry University Associate Professor of Law Eang Ngov and University of Central Florida Political Science professor Aubrey Jewett about its interpretation and application. Then, listen to a reading of the entire U.S. Constitution itself, read by staff at WMFE and members of the community.
- Hari Pulapaka—executive chef at Cress Restaurant in DeLand and associate professor of mathematics at Stetson University
- Dick Batchelor—Democratic political analyst and founder of the Dick Batchelor Management Group
- Maria Padilla—editor and founder of orlandolatino.org
- Jason Henry—Democratic political analyst and campaign manager
- Frank Torres—Republican political analyst and founder of orlandoopinion.com
- Joanie Schirm—author and entrepreneur
- Thali Sugisawa—business manager of Orange County’s FusionFest
- Mark Baratelli—The Daily City
- Jessica Bryce Young—Editor of Orlando Weekly
- Dave Plotkin–Digital Content Editor, Orlando Weekly
- Salema Mohamed—UCF College of Medicine
- Joel Salgado—The Boston Beer Company
The reading is also available here.
The rest of January: Listen to the Amendments to the Constitution read by familiar voices, including Terry Gross, LeVar Burton and Bryan Cranston, and members of the community.
You’ll have three chances to listen to the day’s amendment on 90.7-FM:
• Monday-Friday: 10:18 a.m., 1:31 p.m. & 8:35 p.m.
• Saturday: 10:18 a.m., 1:29 p.m. & 8:40 p.m.
• Sunday: 10:29 a.m., 1:29 p.m. & 8:40 p.m.
Listen back to all of the amendments here.
WMFE’s Celebration of the U.S. Constitution will educate or refresh the Central Florida community on one of the bedrocks of American democracy throughout January, also when President Donald Trump faces an impeachment trial in the Senate. Trump is the third U.S. president to be impeached.
“We live in interesting times, and we could all use a reminder of what the Constitution actually says,” said Stephen Yasko, WMFE’s interim president and general manager and content director. “Keep your ears – and your mind – open, and your radio tuned to your public radio station as we celebrate.”
WMFE’s Celebration of the U.S. Constitution was produced with some materials supplied by KPCC in Los Angeles and the Purple Project for Democracy, a non-partisan campaign to recommit to democratic values and institutions.
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