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    What It Takes To Have A Constitutional Crisis | Ron’s Office Hours | NPR

    Just what does it take to have a constitutional crisis? “This could precipitate a constitutional crisis.” “… prompting a constitutional crisis.” “… a major constitutional crisis.” “Constitutional crisis” “Constitutional crisis” You could say that the Constitution is something of an owners manual for taxpayers. And like a lot of owners manuals, it can lead to a lot of frustration. Among the things the Constitution doesn’t have is a precise legal definition of constitutional crisis. And so the phrase constitutional crisis is meant to mean a moment when the Constitution is not enough to resolve a question or a conflict or a confrontation or an uncertainty. And this can happen for…

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    Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History #22

    Episode 21: Reconstruction Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course U.S. History and huzzah! The Civil War is over! The slaves are free! Huzzah! That one hit me in the head? It’s very dangerous, Crash Course. So when you say, “Don’t aim at a person,” that includes myself? The roller coaster only goes up from here, my friends. Huzzah! Mr. Green, Mr. Green, what about the epic failure of Reconstruction? Oh, right. Stupid Reconstruction always ruining everything intro So after the Civil War ended, the United States had to reintegrate both a formerly slave population and a formerly rebellious population back into the country, which is a challenge that…

  • The New Deal: Crash Course US History #34
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    The New Deal: Crash Course US History #34

    Episode 34 – The New Deal Hi, I’m John Green, this is CrashCourse U.S. history, and today we’re going to get a little bit controversial, as we discuss the FDR administration’s response to the Great Depression: the New Deal. That’s the National Recovery Administration, by the way, not the National Rifle Association or the No Rodents Allowed Club, which I’m a card-carrying member of. Did the New Deal end the Depression (spoiler alert: mehhh)? More controversially, did it destroy American freedom or expand the definition of liberty? In the end, was it a good thing? Mr. Green, Mr. Green. Yes. Ohh, Me from the Past, you are not qualified to…

  • Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9
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    Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9

    Hi, I’m John Green, and this is Crash Course U.S. History, and now that we have a Constitution, it’s actually United States history. Today we’re going to look at the birth of America’s pastime. No, Stan, not baseball. Not football. Not eating. I mean politics, which in America has been adversarial since its very beginnings, despite what the founders wanted. [Theme Music] We looked at the first big conflict in American politics last week: Constitution or Articles of Confederation? I hope that I convinced you we made the correct choice, but regardless, we made it; the constitution passed. But immediately following the passage of the constitution a pretty fundamental conflict…

  • The Reagan Revolution: Crash Course US History #43
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    The Reagan Revolution: Crash Course US History #43

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course U.S. history, and today we’re going to talk about the guy who arguably did the most to shape the world that I live in. NO, Stan not Carrottop. No, not Cumberbatch although he did do the most to shape the Tumblr that I live in. I’m talking about The Great Communicator: Ronald Reagan. Reagan is a fascinating president because he was, in lots of ways, straightforward. His presidency was called the Reagan Revolution but it’s a bit odd that he gets so much credit for changing America because he was one of the least hands-on of all presidents and as you know…

  • Slavery – Crash Course US History #13
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    Slavery – Crash Course US History #13

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course U.S. History, and today, we’re going to talk about slavery, which is not funny. Yeah, so we put a lei on the eagle to try and cheer you up, but let’s face it, this is going to be depressing. With slavery, every time you think, like, “Aw, it couldn’t have been that bad,” it turns out to have been much worse. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! But what about – Yeah, Me from the Past, I’m going to stop you right there, because you’re going to embarrass yourself. Slavery was hugely important to America. I mean, it led to a civil war and…

  • Human Rights, Populism and the Crisis of Meaning – Dr Waleed Aly
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    Human Rights, Populism and the Crisis of Meaning – Dr Waleed Aly

    [ Music ]>>Deborah Terry: Thank you very much and good afternoon everybody. Can I too begin by recognising the traditional owners of the land on which we meet this afternoon, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and pay my respects and my thanks to their elders, past, present, and emerging. And a very warm welcome to Curtin University and to our annual human rights lecture. It is wonderful to see so many people here this afternoon so obviously interested in the state of human rights in Australia. We are extremely honoured that this year’s lecture will be delivered by the inspirational Dr. Waleed Aly. A deep commitment to human…

  • Women in the 19th Century: Crash Course US History #16
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    Women in the 19th Century: Crash Course US History #16

    Hi, I’m John Green; this is CrashCourse U.S. history and today we’re going to talk about wonder women. Mr. Green, Mr. Green, finally we get to the history of the United States as seen through the lens of Marvel comic superheroes. Oh, Me from the Past, you sniveling little idiot. Wonder Woman is from the DC Universe. Also this is the study of history, which means a constant reexamination and redefinition of what it means to be a hero, and in the case of this episode, it’s about taking the first steps towards acknowledging that not all heroes worthy of historical recognition are men. So we’re going to talk about…

  • The Articles of Confederation – Becoming the United States – Extra History – #1
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    The Articles of Confederation – Becoming the United States – Extra History – #1

    The United States Constitution created a republic that has lasted for well over 200 years, but it was not the first national government of the United States of America. That distinction goes to the short-lived Articles of Confederation, without which the Constitution as it exists today might never have been formed. [Music] The British Parliament had just about had it with their American colonists. First they ran up enormous debts fighting the French, which, …respectable enough, I guess, but they now refused to pay the taxes that would fund it, and they even had the gall to argue that Parliament had no right to issue taxes to them at all,…