Friday, September 19, 2014

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

3:35 PM ET: Noah Michelson, Executive Editor with Huffington Post 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.

4:35 PM ET: In recent years, an increasing number of Americans are choosing to work well past the traditional retirement age, starting new businesses and beginning new careers at higher rates than have ever been seen before. In his new book Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and The Good Life, senior economics contributor at public radio's Marketplace and contributing editor at Bloomberg Businessweek Chris Farrell says that this trend toward working longer is good for the American economy and society. Arguing that developing skills that can help you earn income well past traditional retirement age offers a better return on investment than any financial instrument - and it can help transform the economy as it continues to heal from the Great Recession. He joins us today to discuss his book.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - On Tuesday it was announced that a team of scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey has found evidence linking the increased level of earthquake activity in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001 to the waste water injection process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  Joining us to discuss the study and explain its findings which were published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America is Arthur McGarr, who is one of the USGS scientists that co-authored the study.

4:35pm ET - In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of drag queens and other performers for their use of stage names, because according to the social networking site's rules, users must go by their "real names".  This policy and facebook’s decision to enforce it in such a way has caused an outpouring of complaints and protests against the social media giant.  However despite this opposition the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules, arguing that requiring people to use true identities can reduce online vitriol and bullying.  Joining us to discuss facebook’s policy and how it is affecting the drag community is Sister Roma of the San Francisco based Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence. You can also follow Sister Roma on facebook and twitter.



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

4:35pm ET - What will the not-too-distant future look like when cyber-consciousness, or the simulation of the human brain via software and computer technology, becomes a part of our daily lives?  This may sound like science-fiction, but the nascent technology already exists, and thousands of software engineers across the globe are working to create cyber-consciousness based on human consciousness.  In her new book Virtually Human: The Promise –and the Peril – of Digital Immortality founder and former CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio and the founder and current CEO of the biotechnology company United Therapeutics, Martine Rothblatt examines the ethical issues relating to cyber-consciousness and what it will mean for society when software that mimics the way human brains organize information, create emotions and achieve self-awareness becomes widely available. 



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Today on The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - Fox News and others in the Right Wing conservative media have been politicizing the attack on the diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya for more than two years, all in an effort to turn that tragic event into a phony scandal to hurt President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Now, starting tomorrow the House select committee, the latest Republican-run body to follow what has been a parade of costly and repetitive investigations into the Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans will hold its first public hearing and according to some reports these hearings could last well into the 2016 election year.   Joining us to make sense of this latest bit of Republican theater is Eric Boehlert a senior Fellow at Media Matters for America.  You can also follow Eric on twitter.

4:35pm ET - The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an LGBT group that works to elect LGBT candidates across the country regardless of party affiliation may in fact be doing more damage than good to the cause of LGBT equality.  By supporting Republican LGBT candidates the group is actually helping the anti-LGBT GOP maintain its majority and keep pro-LGBT votes from happening.  Joining us today to discuss the Victory Fund and its support for gay Republican candidates like Richard Tisei in Massachusetts is former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Barney Frank.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - Last Friday, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in a Texas court for injuring his 4 year old son.  According to the police report, his son shoved one of his siblings off a video game, and in response, Peterson snatched a tree branch, shoved the leaves in the child’s mouth and proceeded to beat him on the legs, ankles, back, buttocks, and scrotum, and according to the son, this kind of beating has occurred before.  Joining us to discusses this case and explain what actually constitutes child abuse across the US is Mark Joseph Stern of Slate.


5:05pm ET - In the wake of the spate of recent police shootings of unarmed black men across the country this summer, many people on the right have tried to argue that these horrific cases had nothing to do with racial prejudices and that America is now a post-racial society.  However according to Stephen Eric Bronner, a distinguished professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and a member of the Executive Committee of UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention, bigotry in the 21st century isn't withering away—it’s finding new targets and camouflaging itself better than ever.  In his new book The Bigot: Why Prejudice Persist, he examines bigotry in its various dimensions—anthropological, historical, psychological, sociological, and political;  illustrating how the bigot’s intense hatred of “the other” is a direct reaction to social progress, liberal values, secularism, and an increasingly complex and diverse world.  He joins us today to discuss his book and offer a deeper analysis of bigots themselves: Why they hate, who they hate, and how they hate.




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Friday, September 12, 2014

Today on The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - As he does every Friday, Noah Michelson, Executive Editor of Huffington Post Gay Voices, joins us to help close out the week in stories making headlines over at Gay Voices.  You can also follow Noah on twitter and facebook.

4:35pm ET - President Nixon’s voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David.  With 3,700 hours of recordings made between 1971 and 1973, only less than 5 percent of those conversations had ever been transcribed and published. Now thanks to a massive effort led by Professor Luke Nichter, of Texas A&M University the vast majority of these tapes have now been digitized and transcribed.  In his new book titled The Nixon Tapes, which he co-edited with Douglas Brinkley these records are now available for the public to finally read.  He joins us today to discuss this unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history.  You can also follow Luke on twitter.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today On The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

4:35pm ET - In March, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York unsuccessfully attempted to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would strip commanders of the power to determine whether to prosecute sex assaults and would instead grant that power to independent military prosecutors.  Sexual assault is extremely common in the military, and what may surprise most people is that more than half of the victims are men.  Joining us to discuss this problem and what the military is doing about it is Nathaniel Penn, whose recent piece in GQ tells the stories of these men and explains how their traumatic experiences have altered their lives, careers, and future relationships.


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