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The Resource Constitution USA : with Peter Sagal, a production of TPT National Productions in association with Insignia Films ; produced by Twin Cities Public Television ; produced by Amanda Pollak ; written by Jaime Bernanke with additional material by Peter Sagal ; directed by Stephen Ives

Constitution USA : with Peter Sagal, a production of TPT National Productions in association with Insignia Films ; produced by Twin Cities Public Television ; produced by Amanda Pollak ; written by Jaime Bernanke with additional material by Peter Sagal ; directed by Stephen Ives

Label
Constitution USA : with Peter Sagal
Title
Constitution USA
Title remainder
with Peter Sagal
Statement of responsibility
a production of TPT National Productions in association with Insignia Films ; produced by Twin Cities Public Television ; produced by Amanda Pollak ; written by Jaime Bernanke with additional material by Peter Sagal ; directed by Stephen Ives
Contributor
Screenwriter
Director
Narrator
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal 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
  • [Episode 1]. A more perfect union: Peter explores the Constitution's most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism. The framers created a strong national government while at the same time 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
  • [Episode 2]. It's a free country: Ask Americans what the Constitution's most important feature is, and most will say it's the guarantees of liberty enshrined in the Bill of Rights. In this episode, Peter explores the history of the Bill of Rights, and also takes on several stories ripped from the headlines, involving freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and right to privacy
  • [Episode 3]. Created equal: The high ideals of the Declaration of Independence that 'all men are created equal, ' endowed with 'unalienable rights, ' didn't make it into the Constitution in 1787. It took three-quarters of a century, and a bloody civil war, before the Fourteenth Amendment of 1868 made equality a constitutional right, and gave the federal government the power to enforce it. The far-reaching changes created by that amendment established new notions of citizenship, equal protection, due process, and personal liberty and today those notions are being used to fight for same sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action, and immigration reform
  • [Episode 4]. Built to last?: Peter travels to Iceland where a few years after the country's economic collapse, leaders decided to create a new constitution, turning to the U.S. Constitution for inspiration. This prompts Peter to consider why our own founding document has been able to last for more than 225 years. He looks at the systems that have kept the Constitution healthy -- amendments, judicial interpretation, checks and balances -- and also at the political forces that threaten to undermine the framers' vision: excessive partisanship leading to gridlock, money in politics, and gerrymandering
Cataloging source
LPU
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Co-producer, Christopher Buchanan ; associate producer, Nina Krstic, Jonathan Gottfried ; cinematography, Buddy Squires ; original music, Peter Rundquist ; production manager, Dan Kuvalakis ; edited by Omry Maoz (1st, 3rd episodes), Jim Isler (2nd episode), David Teague (3rd-4th episodes)
Date time place
Originally broadcast on PBS in May 2013
Intended audience
TV Parental Guidelines Rating: PG
Language note
English or Spanish dialogue with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
LC call number
  • KF4541
  • KF4541
LC item number
  • .C66 2013
  • .C588 2013
PerformerNote
Host, Peter Sagal
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Ives, Stephen
  • Pollak, Amanda
  • Sagal, Peter
  • Bernanke, Jaime
  • TPT National Productions
  • Insignia Films
  • Twin Cities Public Television (Saint Paul, Minn.)
  • PBS Distribution (Firm)
  • Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Runtime
240
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States.
  • Constitutional history
  • Constitutional law
  • Law
  • United States
  • Constitutional history
  • Constitutional law
  • Law
  • Politics and government
  • United States
Technique
live action
Label
Constitution USA : with Peter Sagal, a production of TPT National Productions in association with Insignia Films ; produced by Twin Cities Public Television ; produced by Amanda Pollak ; written by Jaime Bernanke with additional material by Peter Sagal ; directed by Stephen Ives
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "Gun control. Drugs. Free speech. Hit the road to find out if the Constitution can keep pace with modern America."--Container
  • Special features: Behind the scenes of Constitution USA with Peter Sagal; An interview with Peter Sagal; Peter and the bike; Sandra Day O'Connor on the Constitution; Richard Beeman on the presidency; Bill Keller on the First Amendment; Akhil Reed Amar on the 14th Amendment
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • [Disc 1]. [Episode 1]. A more perfect union. Introduction ; Peter gets a motorcycle ; Medical marijuana ; Constitutional origins ; The Constitutional Convention ; State rights ; Growth of federal power ; Commerce clause -- [Episode 2]. It's a free country. Introduction ; Arizona Leathernecks ; The Bill of Rights ; Free speech ; Right to an attorney ; School prayer ; Property rights ; Right to privacy ; Fathia's story
  • [Disc 2]. [Episode 3]. Created equal. Introduction ; Citizenship class ; The "Second Constitution" ; Same sex marriage ; Voting rights ; Affirmative action ; Illegal immigrants ; Bedroom laws ; Economic liberty ; New citizens -- [Episode 4]. Built to last? Introduction ; Iceland's constitution ; Amendments ; Title IX ; Separation of powers ; Executive power ; Government inaction ; Congressional gridlock ; Constitutional crises ; A living document
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen version.
Extent
2 videodiscs (approximately 240 min.)
Governing access note
For private home use only
Isbn
9781608839018
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
  • 841887019040
  • 00841887019040
Other physical details
sound, color with black and white sequences
Publisher number
CUSP600
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)842386120
  • (OCoLC)ocn842386120
System details
DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Constitution USA : with Peter Sagal, a production of TPT National Productions in association with Insignia Films ; produced by Twin Cities Public Television ; produced by Amanda Pollak ; written by Jaime Bernanke with additional material by Peter Sagal ; directed by Stephen Ives
Publication
Note
  • "Gun control. Drugs. Free speech. Hit the road to find out if the Constitution can keep pace with modern America."--Container
  • Special features: Behind the scenes of Constitution USA with Peter Sagal; An interview with Peter Sagal; Peter and the bike; Sandra Day O'Connor on the Constitution; Richard Beeman on the presidency; Bill Keller on the First Amendment; Akhil Reed Amar on the 14th Amendment
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • [Disc 1]. [Episode 1]. A more perfect union. Introduction ; Peter gets a motorcycle ; Medical marijuana ; Constitutional origins ; The Constitutional Convention ; State rights ; Growth of federal power ; Commerce clause -- [Episode 2]. It's a free country. Introduction ; Arizona Leathernecks ; The Bill of Rights ; Free speech ; Right to an attorney ; School prayer ; Property rights ; Right to privacy ; Fathia's story
  • [Disc 2]. [Episode 3]. Created equal. Introduction ; Citizenship class ; The "Second Constitution" ; Same sex marriage ; Voting rights ; Affirmative action ; Illegal immigrants ; Bedroom laws ; Economic liberty ; New citizens -- [Episode 4]. Built to last? Introduction ; Iceland's constitution ; Amendments ; Title IX ; Separation of powers ; Executive power ; Government inaction ; Congressional gridlock ; Constitutional crises ; A living document
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen version.
Extent
2 videodiscs (approximately 240 min.)
Governing access note
For private home use only
Isbn
9781608839018
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
  • 841887019040
  • 00841887019040
Other physical details
sound, color with black and white sequences
Publisher number
CUSP600
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)842386120
  • (OCoLC)ocn842386120
System details
DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen
Video recording format
DVD

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