WASHINGTON (September 11, 2006) – C-SPAN unveils today special resources and programming for Constitution Day 2006, including a new documentary on the U.S. Constitution with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in one of his first television interviews, that are available on-air and online. Constitution Day is observed this year on Monday, September 18, 2006.
A federal law in effect since 2005 requires educators and students at publicly funded schools and universities, in addition to nearly 2 million government and military employees, receive educational materials about the Constitution in observance of the charter’s signing on September 17, 1787.
To commemorate Constitution Day, C-SPAN produced the U.S. Constitution, an 18-minute documentary that’s conveniently available online at www.c-span.org (click on the Constitution Day banner) and premieres today at 8:30 a.m. ET on C-SPAN2. C-SPAN Classroom, C-SPAN’s free membership service for middle and high school civics and government teachers, is posting the documentary and an accompanying lesson plan for tens of thousands of educators and students nationwide via www.c-spanclassroom.org /
Highlights from C-SPAN’s U.S. Constitution documentary:
*Hear clips of Chief Justice John Roberts discuss in his own words the Constitution and share some of his favorite passages, in one of Robert’s first television appearances since joining the Court. The entire interview is also available online at www.c-span.org under “America & the Courts,” and for teachers and students at www.c-spanclassroom.org (transcript attached.)
*Vignettes from important constitutional debates in the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Presidential inaugurations, resignations and impeachments, and recent events like the domestic terrorist surveillance debate in Congress, are covered using material from C-SPAN’s extensive video archives.
Additional air times for the U.S. Constitution are Wednesday, September 13, at 6:40 a.m. on C-SPAN2, Friday, September 15, at 8 p.m. on C-SPAN2, and on Sunday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m. on C-SPAN. All times are Eastern. The documentary is also available to Comcast subscribers through its video-on-demand service.
C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America’s cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 90.7 million households, C-SPAN2 in 82.1 million households and C-SPAN3 in 12.2 million households nationwide. For more information, visit www.c-span.org.