NPR host Sagal hits the road in 'Constitution USA'

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm •  Published: May 7, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Listeners to public radio's "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" have the chance to connect host Peter Sagal's voice to his face — and brush up on the U.S. Constitution.

For a monthlong PBS series, Sagal traveled cross-country to illuminate the original document and its 27 amendments that define America. "Constitution USA" debuts Tuesday (check local listings for times).

While most people think they know more about the Constitution than they do, Sagal said, they all share a firm belief in it.

"They may not understand its specifics. They may not know that the word 'freedom' does not appear in the body of the Constitution, it only appears in the First Amendment," he said, which includes protections for religion, speech and the press.

"But they do know that in this country we have a rule of law and nobody is above the rule of law, and they do know there are limits on what the government can do."

Sagal, whose weekly NPR comedy news quiz is based in Chicago, was approached for the series by Insignia Films, its producer with a division of Twin Cities Public Television, the PBS affiliate for Minneapolis-St. Paul.

For Sagal, it was a chance to learn more about the Constitution and to relearn how to handle a motorcycle. A self-described "biker reborn," he rode a red, white and blue Harley-Davidson across 26 states during 50 days of shooting last summer. There was a side trip to Iceland, which Sagal said "crowd sourced" a new constitution after the financial collapse of 2008.

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