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NPR Host: Constitution 'Like Tinkerbell…Only Alive As We Collectively Decide'

NPR Host: Constitution 'Like Tinkerbell…Only Alive As We Collectively Decide'

Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s highly entertaining “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” is planning a new PBS special on the US Constitution. In an interview with Politico, Sagal explains that he will be using the show to “educate” Americans about our government’s framing document .  

The tax-payer funded show, “Constitution USA with Peter Sagal,” sounds harmless enough: 

I went to Northern California to talk to marijuana growers and cannabis activists and same-sex couples who want to get married. I went to Tyler, Texas, to talk to immigrants who were part of the case that established the right of education for immigrants. … We talked to people who were basically living the Constitution whether they wanted to or not, as opposed to the usual array of pundits or activists who have opinions about it.

But as Sagal reveals his personal views of the constitution, a very “NPR” kind of attitude is apparent:

The Constitution is only as alive as we collectively have decided it is today,” he said. “I’ve been calling it the Tinkerbell of national charters because Tinkerbell only lives if you clap, right? Or if you say, ‘I do believe in fairies, I do!’ It’s like this: ‘I do believe in civics, I do!’ And everybody believes in it, and we move on. And it’s an amazing phenomenon.

Watch the entire interview here:  


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