Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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3:35pm ET - The dramatic arrival of ISIS in Iraq has left many observers in the West shocked, perplexed, and horrified.  The group’s use of horrific violence and its magnetism for Sunni youth around the world is a serious threat for many different nations, and as a result many of them have voiced their support for efforts to confront ISIS.  However, Saudi Arabia, a country that seems to be just as threatened by ISIS as any other has remained ambivalent in the face of this manifestation.  Joining us today to discuss the historical origins of ISIS and explain why Saudi Arabia's ruling elite is divided over whether their country should applaud and aid ISIS or combat it is Alastair Crooke, a former British MI6 agent and the Director and Founder of Conflicts Forum, who has extensive first-hand experience and knowledge of the region, its history, and key players.

4:35pm ET - Following the financial crises in 2008 and the resulting Occupy Wall Street Movement with its anti 1% rhetoric many Americans began to ask the question of ‘who really rules America?”  With conspiracy theories abounding about the secret relationship between Washington and Wall Street it is sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction.  In All the Presidents Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power journalist Nomi Prins uses original presidential archival documents, to deliver an explosive account of the hundred-year interdependence between the White House and Wall Street that transcends a simple analysis of money driving politics—or greed driving bankers.  She joins us today to discuss the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers.  This unprecedented history of American power illuminates how the same financiers retained their authoritative position through history, swaying presidents regardless of party affiliation and explores the alarming global repercussions of a system lacking barriers between public office and private power.


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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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3:35pm ET  - Bowing to pressure from fellow Democrats who feared that acting on immigration will hurt their chances this fall; President Obama announced that he will delay taking executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections.  Joining us to discuss this decision and what it means for the millions of undocumented people this in country is Gary M. Segura, Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a – Latino/a Studies at Stanford University and the co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions.


4:35pm ET - After a string of botched executions and DNA-based exoneration's of men on death row, opponents of the death penalty have revived their hopes that judges and voters will finally see capital punishment for what it is: an intolerable affront to human dignity. But according to Daniel LaChance, an assistant Professor of History at Emory University, in his recent Op-Ed in the New York Times, this optimism is understandable, but misplaced.  He joins us today to discuss how anti-death penalty activist have been arguing the wrong points in their quest to convince Americans to end capital punishment in the US once and for all.


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Monday, September 08, 2014

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5:05pm ET - As the fight for marriage equality in the United States steadily progresses and members of the LGBT community have seen growing acceptance in main stream culture, one aspect of gay life is in decline, the gay neighborhood.  In his new book There Goes the Gayborhood? Amin Ghaziani, a sociologist at the University of British Columbia, discusses how America’s historically gay enclaves are now going through a "de-gaying" or "straightening" process that raises the question of how to preserve some of the culturally important spaces that have been at the center of the gay rights movement over the last 50 years.  Amin joins us today to talk about his book and why the draw of the so-called gayborhood is fading away.  You can also follow Amin on twitter.


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