Monday, October 16, 2017

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Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened, what with President Trump signing an Executive Order to sabotage the ACA and  refusing to recertify the Iran nuclear deal.  John returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and whole lot more, John is The Nation’s national-affairs correspondent, a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of The Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.

Back in 2012, members of the radical Russian art collective Pussy Riot smuggled an electric guitar into Moscow’s iconic central cathedral and performed their provocative song “Punk Prayer,” to protest the Orthodox church and its support for Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime.  After the video of the protest performance went viral, the members of Pussy Riot became the targets of the government, with some of them being arrested and imprisoned.  The arrest, trial, and jailing of Pussy Riot made headlines around the world and highlighted the Putin administrations crackdown on any opposition, and now one of Pussy Riot’s founding members Maria “Masha” Alyokhina who was sentenced to two years in prison for her role in the protest has written a memoir called Riot Days all about her experience in the group and years in Russia’s criminal system, and she joins me today on the show to talk all about the book.  


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Back in 2012, at the behest of conservative Governor Sam Brownback, Republican majorities in Kansas set the state’s income tax on a “march to zero” and eliminated taxes on companies whose owners filed their taxes as individuals—a loophole exploited by thousands of businesses that resulted in plummeting revenue to the state’s coffers. Brownback, a former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, hailed the policy as “a real-live experiment” in conservative governance. But in the eyes of all but Brownback and his staunchest supporters, the test failed. Economic growth never materialized, and the state legislature could not summon the political will or overcome legal roadblocks to cut spending to match the lower revenue. With annual deficits in the hundreds of millions, Kansas has been mired in a perpetual budget crisis ever since.  Now, it seems that Republicans in Congress are thinking about trying the same thing but on a national scale, and Kansas Republicans say they are worried that Congress and the Trump administration will repeat the mistake they made in enacting budget-busting tax cuts.  Joining me today to talk all about the failed Kansas experiment and the danger that it will be repeated is Russell Berman, who is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic.

As more and more information and accusations come out in Harvey Weinstein story, we are learning that not only was Weinstein harassing and assaulting women for decades, but his actions and behavior were an open secret in the world of Hollywood and the media with many people acting to protect the film industry executive from facing the consequences of his actions.  Now, according to a new report from Yashar Ali and Lydia Polgreen of HuffPost, we are learning that even top NBC Executives were in on the cover-up and worked to quash the bombshell story.  Yashar joins me today to talk all about the Harvey Weinstein story and the months of opposition Reporter Ronan Farrow faced from his home network before ultimately taking the piece to The New Yorker.


Since the Presidential campaign, we have been hearing talk of and seeing reports about the massive online campaign orchestrated by Russia to influence and interfere with our election.  From covert propaganda posts on Facebook, which were likely seen by anywhere between 23 to 70 million people, to wannabe YouTube stars working for the Kremlin, Russia’s broad campaign to influence American politics is staggering.  Joining me today to talk all about this online Russian operation and its tactics is Senior News Editor at The Daily Beast, Ben Collins, who has been following and writing on this story for months.  


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, many sick people across the island remain in serious danger, and despite the government’s upbeat announcements about the recovery effort there is a humanitarian crisis going on in the US territory. According to reports, seriously ill dialysis patients across Puerto Rico have seen their treatment hours reduced by 25 percent because the centers still lack a steady supply of diesel to run their generators and less than half of the islands medical employees have reported to work in the weeks since the storm.  Joining me today to talk all about the crisis in Puerto Rico and what Congress needs to be doing to help is Rep. Luis V. GutiĆ©rrez (D-IL-04).

So much happening in the world of politics this week, what with Sec. of State Tillerson allegedly called Trump a ‘Moron’ and the President getting into a war of words with Sen. Bob Corker.  Helping us to make some sense of it all is Michele Jawando, Vice President of legal progress at the Center for American Progress, and don’t forget to check out THINKING CAP, the podcast she does every Thursday with our friend Igor Volsky!

In 1993 when Margaret Witt was a young Air Force nurse, President Clinton’s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by Congress, resulting in the cynical political compromise known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, which had the effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and women to fight expulsion. Over the next seventeen years more than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen and women were removed from military service. That is, until Margaret Witt who herself was outed as a lesbian and removed from her tightly knit medical evacuation unit, sued and put a stop to it in the landmark case Witt v. Department of the Air Force.  Now, in her new memoir Tell: Love, Defiance, and The Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights Major Margaret Witt tells her story and captures the tension and drama of the politically charged legal battle that led to the congressional repeal of the controversial law and helped pave the way for a suite of landmark political and legal victories for gay rights. Margaret joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and so much more. 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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For eight years Republicans ran on the promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but despite the fact that they control all branches of government they are finding it very difficult to undermine one of President Obama’s signature achievements.  But that hast stopped President Trump from doing his part to sabotage Obamacare, whether it’s slashing the program’s advertising budget or threatening to cut off some payments that insurers need to cover their costs.  Now, according to Jonathan Cohn of HuffPost, he is thinking about using his executive authority to do something that could be even more damaging to the law ― and, arguably, more threatening to people who depend on it for coverage. Jonathan joins me on the show today to talk all about how Trump’s new plan to undermine the ACA by using executive actions that could destabilize markets and undermine pre-existing condition protections and explain why this does not require the consent of Congress.

Since we last spoke with Mark Joseph Stern of Slate last week a lot has happened, from Trump using Pence as prop in a tax-payer funded political stunt to the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in the important gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford.  Mark returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and so much more.


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Monday, October 09, 2017

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened from President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker going at each other to the White House making hard-line demands for any ‘Dreamers’ Deal. John returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and whole lot more, John is The Nation’s national-affairs correspondent, a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of The Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.

In the new film BPM (Beat Per Minute) filmmaker Robin Campillo tells the story of ACT UP Paris, and how a passionate group of French activists came together to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS in the early 90’s.  Just as their American counterparts did, the activist of ACT UP Paris took on their own sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies with bold actions and protests and the film tells the story of that fight from the inside-out, amid the rallies, fierce debates and dance parties.  Joining me today to talk all about the film and the history of ACT Up Paris is BPM’s director Robin Campillo and two of the film’s stars Arnaud Valois who plays the role of Nathan and Nahuel Perez Biscayart who plays the role of Sean in the film.

Last week, U.S.Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) and nearly 100 co-sponsors introduced legislation to ban the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale, or importation of bump stocks like the one used to murder 59 innocent men and women in Las Vegas. The legislation would close the dangerous loophole that allows this device to be sold and would ensure that civilians cannot modify their guns to fire nine bullets per second.  Rep. Cicilline joins me on the show today to talk all about the proposed bill and the need to reform our nation’s gun laws.  


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Friday, October 06, 2017

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In the opening monologue to his late-night show on Monday, an emotional Jimmy Kimmel described the gun massacre on the Las Vegas Strip that killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 others as an inexplicable attack by “a very sick person” with an “insane voice in his head.” It was a powerful moment and Kimmel channeled something that many Americans were feeling, but according to Mark Follman of Mother Jones, these widely shared comments also reinforced a misconception that invariably marks the national discourse in the aftermath of indiscriminate mass shootings: that the perpetrator was severely mentally ill, and somehow just “snapped” and went on a killing spree. Mark joins me on the show today to talk all about what the shooter’s planning says about his mental state and what he has common with the vast majority of other mass shooters.

Kevin Sessums is the former Executive Editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine and a Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair writing cover stories and editing the Fanfair section.   His work has been featured many magazines including Playboy, Marie Claire, Elle, Out, Travel+Leisure, Allure and Parade and not to mention that he is also the author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs, Mississippi Sissy and I Left It on the Mountain; and now he is launching a new online magazine called KevinSessums.com covering everything from culture to current affairs and everything in between and he joins me today on the show to talk all about this latest project. 


This sure has been another crazy week in politics what with Sec. of State Rex Tillerson allegedly calling President Trump a ‘moron’ to the House narrowly passing a $4.1 trillion budget. Joining me today to help us wrap up the week in politics is Eleanor Clift the Washington correspondent for The Daily Beast, where she covers the White House and writes about politics and culture.  



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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Noah Michelson, the Voices Editorial Director and Executive Editor of Queer Voices at Huff Post as well as the co-host of the Love + Sex Podcast returns to the show as he does every Thursday to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines over at Queer Voices.  Be sure to follow Noah of Twitter!

Earlier today the House of Representatives passed a $4.1 trillion budget, the first step toward Republicans achieving their desired tax cuts for the wealthy.  The vote was a narrow 219 to 206, with more than a dozen Republicans voting against the budget.  Joining me today to talk all about this budget and so much more is Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) who after voting against this budget himself called it “callous" and pointed out that it would impose severe cuts on essential programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and SNAP benefits. 

The bond between parent and child is one of the most important and influential aspects of our lives, and when that bond is broken the impact on the child could be life altering.  In the new book He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers, 22 women explore the varying range of emotions they endured as a result of their father’s absence from adolescence through adulthood.  The collection features the stories of women from various ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds, each of whom understands what it means, and how it feels, to grow up without her father. He Never Came Home is edited by Essence magazine’s West Coast editor Regina R. Robertson and she joins me on the show to talk all about the book and so much more.


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