Friday, December 08, 2017

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

With just a few days until the Alabama picks a new senator—and it could be the accused child molester and sexual assaulter Roy Moore. While some leaders have disavowed Moore, President Trump and the RNC have put their full support behind him in order to preserve the Republican seat in the Senate. While the race remains competitive, the Republican Party’s embrace of Moore has inspired blowback, even from some of the Party’s biggest fans. Kurt Bardella, a former spokesperson for Republican congressional representatives and Breitbart News, declared in a USA Today oped that he is switching to the Democratic Party. He joins me on the show today to talk about how he came to this position.

In 2015, the revelation that white civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal had been “passing” as black shocked America. It also inspired Lisa Page and Brando Skyhorse to put together a collection of stories investigating impulses to reinvent. The new book We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America shares 15 stories of people passing for new identities. The essays of race, sexuality, class and religion reflect on stereotypes, prejudices and assumptions. Lisa Page, professor at George Washington University and co-editor of the book, joins me today.

This sure has been another crazy week in politics what with Senator Franken announcing his resignation, Trump declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and the final stretch of the Alabama senate race.  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, December 07, 2017

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

We still have two and a half years before the Census Bureau begins to count all Americans in 2020, but an enormous amount of critical preparation has been happening for years. Though a vital measure of the nation’s population, the US Census is underfunded, lacks leadership and is plagued with problems, even more so in the Trump era. Former staff director of the House census oversight subcommittee and Census consultant Terri Ann Lowenthal joins me today to talk about these issues and more.

Michelangelo discusses the latest in American marijuana policy in our hour-long special "Legalize It!" Jake Plowden and Nelson Guerrero of the Cannibus Cultural Association, Jag Davies of the Drug Policy Alliance, and author Emily Dufton (Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America) talk about the movement, the obstacles, the myths and the future of marijuana legalization.


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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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

Today Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced intentions to move the U.S. embassy to the city. The move risks sparking tensions in the region and disrupting hopes of peace in the Middle East. In fulfilling a campaign promise, he sets forth a policy at odds with the general consensus. Foreign Policy expert and Washington editor at large for The Atlantic Steve Clemons joins me today to talk about the ramifications of this decision for the US and the globe.

Donald Trump’s victory on November 8th, 2016, was a wakeup call. It was time to march, time to write your representative, time to organize, time to tune into SiriusXM Progress and mobilize. But what more can you do to change the system? Amanda Litman wants you to run for office. After serving in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Litman co-founded Run for Something and wrote a book to get you started Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself. Amanda joins me today to talk about the initiative, the candidates and the challenges, and, perhaps, she’ll even persuade some of you to run for office today!

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017


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We are LIVE from Washington DC today, covering the Supreme Court.

Today the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. When Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig went to Masterpiece Cakeshop to buy a wedding cake, business owner and baker Jack Phillips refused to make one for them, citing that same-sex marriage was against his religious beliefs. Now, the Supreme Court will rule on the issues and determine the future of anti-discrimination law. Constitutional lawyer and scholar David Gans is the Director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights and Citizenship Program at the Constitutional Accountability Center. He has signed onto an Amicus brief in the case and he was also in the courtroom this morning. He joins me on the show today to talk all about the arguments, his analysis and more.

Today the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and we were there inside and outside of the courtroomOur next guest, Vanita Gupta, spoke outside the courtroom this morning, rallying for businesses to be “Open to All.” As President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, she was there, and her organization signed onto an Amicus brief in the case supporting the couple. She joins me on the show to talk all about the issues at stake and what she saw at the court.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

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

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore co-authored a study course published in 2011 that puts forth conservative Evangelical thinking on the role of women in society and particularly in politics. Citing the “heresy of feminism,” speakers in the course criticize the women’s Suffrage Movement and say women should not serve in public office. Senior Religion Reporter at ThinkProgress Jack Jenkins and his colleagues examined the course materials in depth. He joins me on the show today to dig into its significance.

On Friday, former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador. This weekend, Trump started tweeting up a storm about the FBI being in tatters and about knowing Flynn lied. Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation continues and appears to get closer to Trump. Ian Millhiser of Think Progress has been following the issue closely. He joins me on the show today to talk about the legal ramifications of Flynn’s plea and much more.

Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened and 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.


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Friday, December 01, 2017

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

Flynn is the first person inside President Donald Trump's administration that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reached, and the fallout from this development is significant. Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) joins me on the show today to give us Congress’ reaction to the historic news.

Today, former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador. He arrived at the courthouse this morning, and now we’re working to unpack what this means for the Russia investigation, Trump’s involvement, indictments and maybe even impeachment. Here to help guide us through this historic moment and the impact of Flynn’s guilty plea is Ken Gude, Senior Fellow for National Security at the Center for American Progress.


This sure has been another crazy week in politics what with Michael Flynn pleading guilty and the GOP trying to push through their Tax Scam.  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, November 30, 2017

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

Noah Michelson, the Voices Editorial Director at The Huffington Post and Executive Editor of Queer Voices, and 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.

Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends, and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But this relentless connection leads to a deep solitude. MIT professor Sherry Turkle argues that as technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Based on hundreds of interviews and with a new introduction taking us to the present day, Alone Together describes changing, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, and families.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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

Former Representative Barney Frank represented Massachusetts for 32 years, making a name for himself as a progressive advocate, an LGBT pioneer and half of the major banking reform bill “Dodd Frank.” A new bill in the senate could change the Dodd-Frank banking regulations. We are pleased to have Barney Frank join me today to weigh in on these issues, Trump’s first year in office, the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau leadership controversy and more.

Alabamans vote to fill the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions in less than two weeks. The strongly Republican area is now in flux as accusations of sexual harassment and child molestation against Republican candidate Roy Moore have brought national attention to the race. AL State Representative Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) has been a leader in local and state politics.

So much happening in the world of politics this week, what with Republican pushing their tax bill through and the President going off on twitter again.  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!

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