Bill Moyers examines the vitality of our nations most important document by listening to people who interpret and teach it, as well as people whose lives have been changed by it. Moyers purpose in this series was "to hear a variety of opinions whose sum total will show that the Constitution is a living, if conflicted, force in contemporary lives, even as it shaped the generations before us. It is our common bond to the past and our legacy to the future." Featured in the series are Supreme Court Justices OConnor and Powell, and former Justices Brennan and Blackmun; historians Forrest McDonald, Michael Kammen, and Olive Taylor; former Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork; former Attorney General Edwin Meese; legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin; author and educator Mortimer Adler; and citizens whose battles for their rights went all the way to the Supreme Court. In the final program, Moyers examines contemporary issues such as drug testing, computer dossiers, and presidential war powers, and how they test the Constitution.
11-part series, 60 minutes each.