MPR Connects

MPR Connects! with Peter Sagal

“The Constitution – Can it Keep up With Modern America?”

In 2012 Peter Sagal traveled across the country by motorcycle with a film crew making a documentary for PBS called "Constitution USA." Sagal was looking for answers to the question, “Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with modern America?” He spoke to scholars and lawyers, a Supreme Court Justice and plaintiffs in cases before the court, plus numerous others - fascinating people whose stories illuminate the issues. Somewhere along the way he learned the secret that makes our Constitution successful, why it has lasted, and why it very nearly failed.

Sagal’s talk will connect Constitutional civics to everyday life. His straightforward approach, with a dash of humor, explains what the government under the Constitution can and cannot do for and to us. MPR News’ Tom Crann will be the host and moderator.

Friday, Apr 9, 2021
7:00 p.m. CT
FREE Online Event - Register now

Peter Sagal
Peter Sagal
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Peter Sagal

Peter Sagal is the host of the Peabody Award-winning NPR™ news quiz Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!™ and the author of The Incomplete Book of Running and The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How To Do Them. He is a playwright, screenwriter, an amateur athlete, and host of several podcasts and documentaries, including The Chernobyl Podcast from HBO and Constitution USA with Peter Sagal on PBS. Sagal lives in the Chicago area with his wife Mara, son Elliott, and two dogs, DeeDee and Dutchie, who like to see their names in print.

Tom Crann
Tom Crann
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Tom Crann
Regional Host, All Things Considered 

Tom Crann is the host of All Things Considered for MPR News. He's been in the host chair since 2005. He has interviewed a wide range of public figures, including Minnesota's members of congress, politicians, experts, writers, and artists. He anchored Minnesota Public Radio's award-winning live coverage of the 35W bridge collapse. He has hosted other special coverage for MPR News, including live coverage of election nights since 2012. He has been a host, producer, and interviewer for Minnesota Public Radio since 1995. His work on MPR News has been recognized with an Eric Severeid award, a regional Edward R. Murrow award, and a National Headliner award. He has also hosted the international cultural broadcasts "Sounds Irish" and "The Last Night of the Proms," a co-production with the BBC. In addition to his work in news, Crann has spent over 20 years hosting and producing classical music and cultural programs at public radio stations around the U.S, and for RTE/Lyric FM in Ireland.