Friday, January 30, 2015

Today on The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - We are very excited to be joined by Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna Smith the head housemaid responsible for tending to the three sisters Mary, Edith and Sybil on the hit television shows Downton Abbey.  The show is currently in its 5th season on PBS, and Joanne has just one a Golden Globe for her role as Anna.  She joins us today to talk about the success of the show and so much more.  You can also follow Joanne on twitter.

4:35pm ET - Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media.   So he decided to leave his adopted home of Denmark and embark on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious people are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another.  Michael joins us today from Denmark to discuss his new book The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia.  You can also follow Michael on twitter.


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Today on The Signorile Show!

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 - Last night it was reported that the hate group the American Family Association had finally fired the Religious Right's most notorious bigot, Bryan Fischer.  However according to Right Wing Watch it appears that he has not actually been dismissed but has merely been stripped of his title as director of issues analysis and his role as spokesman for the organization and will reportedly continue to produce his daily radio program for the AFA's radio arm, American Family Radio.  Joining us today to discuss this news is Peter Montgomery who oversees the People For the American Way Foundation’s research and writing on the Religious Right.  You can also follow Peter on twitter


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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3:35pm ET - On Saturday, while most of the darlings of the right-wing were attending Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit, Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal was the headline speaker at The Response, an evangelical prayer revival organized by the hate group the American Family Association.  The event was supposed to be apolitical in nature, but it has been widely viewed as part of the rollout for Jindal's run for president.  Joining us today to discuss the event and Bobby Jindal’s possible run in 2016 is Zack Kopplin a science education activist who attended the revival and wrote all about it for Slate.  You can also follow Zack on twitter and facebook.


4:35pm ET - Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family’s brothels, his early years were full of trying and traumatic experiences, which are what originally, led him to take to the stage, all in an effort to escape the brutal realities of that childhood.  Only later in his career would he come to the realization that by plunging into the depths of his experience, he could make stand-up comedy as exhilarating and harrowing as the life he’d known.   Joining us today to discuss how he brought together the spirits of the black freedom movement and the counterculture to forever alter the fabric of American comedy is Scott Saul, an associate Professor of English at UC-Berkeley who wrote a new biography on Richard titled Becoming Richard Pryor which traces Pryor’s rough journey to the heights of fame.  You can also follow Scott on twitter and facebook.


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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

Today on The Signorile Show!

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

Today on The Signorile Show!

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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