Monday, October 20, 2014

Today On The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - Over two years ago, a series published in The Washington Post by ProPublica reporters Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur showed that applicants for pardons who were white were far more likely to receive clemency than those who were black. Since the publication of that investigation, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but despite the vast amounts tax payer money spent on the project the pardons system remains unchanged.  Joining us today to discuss our broken and racially biased pardon system is Stephen Engelberg, the Editor in Chief for ProPublica. You can also follow Stephen on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Over the past 30 years the Hispanic population in the US has jumped from 15 million to almost 54 million, accounting for 17 percent of the total population; and according to a report by the Pew Research Center, the number of states where Hispanic children make up 20 percent or more of the kindergarten class has increased from 8 percent in 2000, to 17 percent in 2012. Joining us today to discuss what this growing population means to our political future is Gary M. Segura, the co-founder of Latino Decisions, a political polling research firm that deals with Latino issues, whose new book Latino America: How America’s MostDynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation which he co-wrote with Matt Barreto, demonstrates the extent to which Latinos have already transformed the US both politically and socially and shows how they will re-shape all our upcoming elections. You can also follow Gary on twitter.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Noah Michelson, Executive Editor with Huffington Posts Gay Voices, returns to the show as he does every Friday to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines in the LGBT blog-o-sphere.  You can also follow Noah on facebook and twitter.

4:35pm ET - Loud, right-wing voices are endlessly trying to drown out the voices of the LGBT movement, but despite this, society has become far more aware and accepting of gay men and women. Gays and lesbians are getting more media representation, more legal rights, and are by far living more comfortably today in what some have called a “post-closeted culture” than they did before the 1969 Stonewall Riots. These changes obviously make an impact on the LGBT community, but James Joseph Dean, a sociology professor at Sonoma State University, asks an interesting question: how are heterosexuals affected by the proliferation of gays and lesbians into a heteronormative society? In Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture, Dean conducts a study in which he explores how heterosexual people of varying races, classes, and backgrounds react to the increasing visibility of homosexual people. He also discusses recent challenges to the concept of traditional gender roles, new definitions of “masculinity” and “femininity”, and how an increasing acceptance of different sexualities encourages heterosexual couples to explore their own sexualities.  He joins us today to talk about his book.  You can also follow James on facebook.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today on The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET -  On the morning of Jan. 29, construction workers were building a seawater pipe at Oliktok Point, part of a sprawling network of oil fields owned by ConocoPhillips on Alaska’s arctic North Slope, when they received an ominous notice. Workers at the icy camp would be required to attend a “safety stand-down” meeting following an earlier accident, but once at the meeting they quickly learned that the safety was not the real agenda for the meeting.  An unfamiliar manager took to the stage and told them that there actually hadn't been an accident, and that instead, the company had gathered the group, mostly construction contractors, to tell them how they should vote in Alaska’s upcoming August primaries.  Joining us today to discuss the growing trend of corporations telling their employees how to vote is Spencer Woodman whose recent article on the subject titled Office Politics: Inside the PAC teaching corporate America how to make its employees vote for the right candidates and causes appears in Slate.  You can also follow Spencer on twitter.

4:35pm ET - When Hannah Samarripa got sick in 2007, her mother had no idea that, just a few blocks away in the Acreage—their lush South Florida community—other children had also suffered through the same awful symptoms as a result of radioactive waste from a major defense contractors facility which has seeped into swampland, canals, and even drinking water.  Joining us today to discuss her article The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame? which is the cover story of the November 3rd issue of The Nation Magazine is Sharon Lerner, who details how a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable.  You can also follow Sharon on twitter.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - According to research done by San Francisco State University's Family Acceptance Project, which studies and works to prevent health and mental health risks facing LGBT youth: Highly religious parents are significantly more likely than less-religious parents to reject their children for being gay – a finding that social-service workers believe goes a long way toward explaining why LGBT people make up roughly five percent of the youth population overall, but an estimated 40 percent of the homeless-youth population.   Joining us today to discuss the “hidden epidemic” of homeless LBGT youth in America is Alex Morris whose article titled The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families from early September in Rolling Stone highlights the problem and profiles some of the victims.  You can also follow Alex on twitter.

4:35pm ET - There are more than forty thousand Chinese restaurants across the country, nearly three times the number of McDonald’s.  Most are family operations, staffed by immigrants who pass through for a few months at a time, living in houses and apartments that have been converted into makeshift dormitories.  The restaurants, connected by Chinese-run bus companies, make up an underground network—supported by employment agencies, immigrant hostels, and expensive asylum lawyers—that reaches back to villages and cities in China.  Joining us to discuss this hidden network is Lauren Hilgers whose article on the subject titled The Kitchen Network: America’s underground Chinese restaurant workers appeared in the October 13th, issue of the New Yorker.  You can also follow Lauren on twitter.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - The midterm elections are just around the corner and with the threat of a Republican controlled House and Senate looming over the nation it is more important than ever to get the vote out and support candidates who reflect our progressive values and ideas.  Joining us today to discuss his campaign and what he hopes to accomplish if elected to the US House of Representatives is Oklahoma State Senator Al McAffrey, the first openly gay person to serve in the Oklahoma Legislature.

4:35pm ET - The Republican Party has long been known for its inability to relate to women, but in recent months they have attempted to tone down their sexism in an effort to attract more women to their cause.  But according to Eleanor Clift the Washington Correspondent for The Daily Beast, the ongoing effort by conservative Republicans to blur their records and fool women into thinking they’re moderates is just not working.  She joins us today to discuss the GOP’s continuing war on women. 

 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Last Thursday, a few hours after a federal judge in Texas struck down that state’s voter ID law, calling it an “unconstitutional poll tax” intended to discriminate against Hispanic and African-American citizens, the Supreme Court halted Wisconsin’s new controversial voter ID law.  All of this follows The Supreme Court’s ruling that has allowed North Carolina to implement its voter suppression law which eliminates same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting, potentially throwing the upcoming election there into chaos.  Joining us today to make sense of these conflicting rulings and explain what we can all expect with regards to the Republican Party’s push to suppress the voting rights of American Citizens is Ian Millhiser, the Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice.  He is also the author of the upcoming book INJUSTICES: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted which will be published in March by Public Affairs Books


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - Noah Michelson, Executive Editor with Huffington Posts Gay Voices, returns to the show as he does every Friday to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines in the LGBT blog-o-sphere.  You can also follow Noah on facebook and twitter.

4:35pm ET - In 2011, Americans took in five times as much information every day as they did in 1986, and with constant distractions presented by texting, twitter, and facebook it seems rare in this day and age to find someone totally focused on what they are doing.  In his new book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explores remedies to our society’s increasing inability to keep our minds properly organized by presenting a collection of personal anecdotes, scientific studies, and in-depth diagrams that explain how to navigate the endless and seemingly useless information that the Internet has allowed access to.  He joins us today to discuss his book and explain how to not drown in the deluge of data in the information age.  You can follow Daniel on Twitter.


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