Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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4:05pm ET - Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade declared that Alabama’s ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional; however on Sunday she issued a two-week stay on her ruling, meaning that couples in Alabama will have to wait a bit longer to wed. Her order gives the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals until Feb. 9 to decide whether to continue the delay.  Although, as one might expect not everyone in the Yellowhammer State is thrilled about the coming equality; following this historic decision some conservative politicians have made disparaging comments about LGBT people and their right to marry, which caused Alabama's only openly gay legislator, Rep. Patricia Todd, to put her anti-gay colleagues on notice, saying that if they keep espousing family values rhetoric as a reason to oppose marriage equality, she'll start making their marital infidelities public.  Rep. Todd joins us today to discuss marriage equality in Alabama and the opposition to it. 


4:35pm ET - Over the past twenty years evangelical churches have been increasingly taking up residence in public school, often for little or no rent and sometimes providing services that fill in the vacuum left by the government under funding of public education. The mingling of church and school has also been encouraged by some poorly understood but profound changes originating in recent Supreme Court decisions about the relationship between religion and public education.  Joining us today to discuss this growing phenomenon is Katherine Stewart who wrote all about it in The Nation.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

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4:35pm ET - Recently, the problem of sexual assault on college campuses has been in the news a lot, and sexual assault and rape are issues that affect a large number students, but a recent study published in Violence and Gender found that many male students are unaware of what rape actually is and that a third of male students surveyed said they’d rape a woman if there were no consequences.  This study highlights the need for a better approach in tackling sexual harassment and rape in our culture, and Professor Sarah Edwards of the University of North Dakota who led the study and has been studying human aggression for over 10 years joins us today to discuss her findings and what can be done to address the problem of sexual assault and rape in our society.  You can also follow Sarah on twitter.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

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3:35pm ET -  Five years ago a massive earthquake struck Haiti and killed more than 200,000 people and displaced another 1.5 million.  In the months following the disaster the international community came together and pledged $10 billion in relief, roughly enough to give every single Haitian a check for $1,000.00.  However according to Jake Johnston, a Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, most of that money has instead went to Beltway firms located in DC, Maryland and Virginia, who have been hired to handle everything from housing construction, rubble removal, health services, security and more making it so that for every $1 that USAID has spent, less than one penny went directly to Haitian organizations, be it the Haitian government or in Haiti’s private sector.  Jake joins us today to discuss the problem of how humanitarian aid is spent; you can also read an article that he wrote all about this for the Nation.  You can also follow Jake on twitter.

4:05pm ET - Earlier this week, President Obama gave his 6th State of the Union Address to the nation, which was well received by his base for touting both progressive accomplishments and proposed policies.  However, without mentioning it by name, the President brought up the Trans Pacific Partnership during his speech, a move that would ship jobs overseas among other things.  My guest, Russell Berman of The Atlantic, joins us now to discuss the President’s call to have the “trade promotion authority” he mentioned Tuesday and how he’ll have to have a fight with his own party to get it.  You can also follow Russell on twitter.

4:35pm ET - New York City is one of the most walkable cities in the world and has always been a magnet for writers. While many novelists, poets, and essayists have enjoyed long walks in New York in order to gain inspiration, not all of them have had favorable impressions.  Joining us today to discuss his new book Walking New York:Reflections of American Writers from Walt Whitman to Teju Cole a study of over a dozen writers who walked the streets of New York and wrote about their impressions of the city in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is Stephen Miller.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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4:05pm ET - Joining us today to talk about the headlines making news in the LGBT community is Joe Jervis the author of the popular and award winning LGBT news and culture blog Joe.My.God which focuses on gay rights, LGBT youth, queer culture, and advocates every day to expose anti-gay bigotry and hypocrisy in politics and the media. You can also follow Joe on twitter.

4:35pm ET - Just as polio stalked the 1950s, and AIDS overshadowed the 1980s and ‘90s, post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD has haunted the early part of the twenty-first century.  After over a decade of America’s “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of our returning veterans.  However, the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces, affecting some twenty-seven million Americans, yet to most of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame.  Joining us today to discuss his new book The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is David J. Morris, a war correspondent and former US Marine who drew upon his own struggles with post-traumatic stress, interviews with people living with it, as well as the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the condition to craft a moving work that speaks not only to those with PTSD and their loved ones, but to all of us struggling to make sense of this complex problem that is increasingly affecting more and more Americans.

David will be speaking tonight at 7pm ET at Word Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY more info here.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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4:35pm ET - New York City wasn't always the liberal bastion it is today. In the decades leading up to the Civil War, the city was overwhelmingly pro-slavery as a result of its banking and shipping industries which were closely tied to the cotton and sugar trades, which both relied on slave labor.  As a result, any change in the status quo, such as the abolition of slavery, would significantly damage the very industries that made New York the financial capital of the United States. However, according to acclaimed historian Eric Foner of Columbia University, even with all that resistance, the Underground Railroad, the network of secret safe houses and getaway routes used by fugitive slaves seeking freedom in the North, operated throughout the city.  Professor Foner joins us today to discuss his latest book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad which details the incredible and nearly forgotten history of a handful of people, both black and white, who between 1830 and 1860 managed to help more than 3,000 people make their way to freedom. You can also follow Eric on twitter.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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3:15pm ET - On January 16, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it was granting four petitions to review the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in DeBoer v. Snyder, which had rejected the claim that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and to have such marriages recognized by other states.  Joining us today to discuss this announcement and what we can expect from the Justices is Art Leonard, professor of law at New York Law School.

4:35pm ET - In 2015, according to a new study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a group that evaluates the local tax burden in every state, the poorest fifth of Americans will pay on average 10.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the middle fifth will pay 9.4 percent, and the top 1 percent will pay on average only 5.4 percent.  Joining us today to discuss how these unfair tax systems not only exacerbate widening income inequality in the short term, but also leave states struggling to meet their basic needs in the long term is Carl Davis, a Senior Analyst for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).  You can also follow ITEP on twitter


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Monday, January 19, 2015

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Happy MLK Day!  We are off for the day, but don't worry we've put together a very special "Best of" episode of The Signorile Show featuring guest interviews and caller discussions from our recent past.  Have a great day and we'll be back with you live tomorrow 1/20/15.

This episode features interviews with:
Lauren Hilgers of The New Yorker
Jonathan Eig author of "The Birth of the Pill"
Sharon Lerner of The Nation

And caller discussions on the murder of 12 year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland and the suicide of Trans-teen Leelah Alcorn.


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