Monday, March 30, 2015

Today on The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - Last week, in a private ceremony closed to the public and Press but open to religious leaders, Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence, signed into law, the nation’s most sweeping Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, which allows virtually anyone or thing to claim religious exemptions from complying with state and local laws.  Joining us today to discuss the bill as well as Gov. Pence’s claims that this bill is not about legalizing discrimination against LGBT people in the state of Indiana is Paul Schindler, the Editor-in-chief of Gay City News.  You can also follow Paul on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Up until the 1990's, people incarcerated in our nation’s penal system could make and receive calls to lawyers and family members at rates similar to those paid by average citizens outside prison walls.  However, over the past three decades the prison phone system has grown into a $1.2 billion-a-year industry which is dominated by a handful of private companies who manage phones in prisons and jails in all 50 states, and have been setting rates and fees far in excess of those established by regular commercial providers.  Now, after years of complaints from prison-rights groups and families of the incarcerated, the Federal Communications Commission is investigating the financial intricacies of the industry, which has been largely unregulated.  Joining us today to discuss the prison phone industry and how it negatively affects and financially cripples millions of Americans is Alex Friedmann, the Associate Director of Human Rights Defense Center and the managing editor of Prison Legal News.  You can also follow Prison Legal News on twitter.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

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Mike Rogers, activist and Managing Director of Raw Story, is sitting in for me while I'm away.  And he's got some great stuff planned, so be sure to tune in and give him a call!  You can also follow Mike on twitter.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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3:35pm ET - Noah Michelson, Executive Editor at The Huffington Post's Gay Voicesreturns to The Signorile Show today 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 - Yesterday, The Supreme Court released its five-to-four decision in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama which offers a small, and perhaps only temporary, victory for minority voters in a dispute over the redrawing of Alabama’s legislative districts after the 2010 census.  The Court sided with the plaintiffs who argued that the new Republican drawn district lines amounted to nothing more than racial gerrymandering intended to disenfranchise minority’s and Democrats.  Joining us today to discuss the case and the implications the decision will have concerning other cases of gerrymandering around the country is Ari Berman of The Nation.  You can also follow Ari on twitter.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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4:05pm ET - On April 28th the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of state laws that ban marriage equality, and this historic case has attracted a wide array of amicus briefs; however one of these briefs filed by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. stands out for its interesting historical approach.  The brief seeks to document the decade’s long systematic discrimination against LGBT people by the federal government and prove that a "culture of animus" permeated the U.S. Civil Service Commission -- now known as the Office of Personnel Management since its inception.  Joining us today to discuss this brief is Peter Montgomery, an associate editor at Religion Dispatches and a senior fellow at People For the American Way who have also joined other religious and civil rights groups on a brief urging the court to reject discriminatory marriage bans and challenging "religious liberty" arguments opposing marriage equality.  You can also follow Peter on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Arresting and jailing people repeatedly for low level drug offenses put a tremendous strain on our law enforcement personnel, judicial systems, civil services, and tax revenue; and research has shown that drug-law enforcement is a major driver of racial inequality in the justice and law enforcement systems.  However a new program has started in Seattle which seeks to help those struggling with addiction by putting them into treatment rather than jail, and it’s beginning to see results.  Joining us today to discuss this program, which is called the Law-Enforcement Assisted Diversion or LEAD, and how it is beginning to spread to other US cities is Nicky Woolf of The Guardian.  You can also follow Nicky on twitter.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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3:35pm ET -  The Republican controlled Congress has been in session for almost three months, but already there is serious doubt as to whether or not it will be able of keeping the government running and pass any meaningful policy changes into law.  Furthermore, this week is shaping up to be an important test for the Republican leadership, as Congress prepares to take up a budget resolution for the next fiscal year.   Joining us today to discuss how this process in particular is exposing a rift within the Republican caucus between those who want to increase military spending and those who want to reduce deficits, is Neil Irwin, the senior economics correspondent for The New York Times, where he writes for The Upshot.  You can also follow Neil on twitter.

4:35pm ET - In his new book Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted Ian Millhiser, a senior constitutional policy analyst at the Center for American Progress and the editor of ThinkProgress Justice argues that few American institutions have inflicted greater suffering on ordinary people than the Supreme Court of the United States, and that since its inception, the justices of have bent the arc of American history away from justice and acted as a shield for the wealthy and the powerful.  Ian joins us today to discuss his book which is a powerful indictment of the venerated institution.  You can also follow Ian on twitter.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

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3:35pm ET - Joe...  My... God!  That's right, Joe Jervis of the popular gay blog JoeMyGod returns to the show to help us wrap up the week in LGBT stories that we've been talking about -- Dolce & Gabanna, Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, and so much more.  Follow him on Twitter and be sure to tune in today!

4:35pm ET - The issue of elder care is never easy to discuss, especially when you're gay and haven't always had the best relationship with your parents.  Today, we'll speak with author and former Vanity Fair editor George Hodgman about his new book, Bettyville: A Memoir, which looks at his homecoming from New York to small town Paris, MO to care for his mother Betty, who's health is deteriorating, and reflects on his life as an Editor and issues about coming out to his family at a late age.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today On The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - Last year, New York University opened a campus in The United Arab Emirates, and at the time serious questions were raised about the conditions and exploitation of the migrant workers used for the construction as well as many other projects for Western Institutions being built in the country.  Then on Monday, Andrew Ross, a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, who is a longtime activist and open critic of the labor conditions in the monarchy learned that he had been barred from returning to the country as he was about to board a plane at Kennedy International Airport to continue his research on labor conditions there.  Professor Ross joins us today to talk about labor conditions and academic freedom in the UAE.


4:35pm ET - California, Maine, Massachusetts, and most recently New York, are among 18 states that have passed measures decriminalizing marijuana. The law, which helps first time offenders avoid jail time or a criminal record, treats possession of small amounts of marijuana as nothing more than a traffic violation. But amending the law only protects citizens from future crimes, not ones they've previously committed.   However, earlier this week, a groundbreaking case in Connecticut, could move the U.S. one step closer to offering amnesty for people with criminal records as a result of marijuana convictions.  Joining us today to discuss this case and the growing movement to offer amnesty to potheads is Abby Haglage, a reporter at The Daily Beast who covers diseases, drugs, and comedians.  You can also follow Abby on twitter.

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