Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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

In recent days, Republicans and the media have become obsessed with the Clinton Foundation and the allegations that it granted access to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in return for donations. Donald Trump has called for a special prosecutor to investigate the foundation’s supposed criminal ways, and Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani suggested the charity be indicted as a “racketeering enterprise.”  Joining me today to talk all about the work that the Clinton Foundation does and what this latest series of attacks on it suggests about the media is Eric Boehlert who is a Senior Fellow for Media Matters for America.


On St. Patrick’s Day 2012, while taking part in the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park, Cecily McMillan along with her friends were surprised by the police in a raid; during which she had a physical altercation with a police officer and was arrested, tried, sentenced, and served 58 days in jail on the notorious Rikers Island.  While serving her time, Cecily connected with her fellow inmates and upon her release began working to reform our nation’s criminal justice system.  In her new memoir The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan she tells her own story from a tough childhood in Texas and Georgia to her arrest in New York which caused her to experience a personal and political transformation.  Cecily joins me on the show today to talk all about her memoir and the importance activism.  

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Late Sunday night, a federal court barred the Obama administration from enforcing a set of guidelines instructing states and localities on how to accommodate transgender students attending public schools.  The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, of the Northern District of Texas, enjoined the policies nationally and blocked the federal government from conducting any litigation or attempting to bring school districts in compliance with them.  Joining me today to talk all about the ruling and the impact it will have to transgender students across the country is Ari Ezra Waldman who is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School and the Legal Editor at Towleroad.com.


For most of our country’s history, white Protestant Christians primarily set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals and culture.  However, since the 1990s, this demographic group has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches to the point where America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white Christian nation.  In his new book The End of White Christian America Robert P. Jones, the CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), draws on more than four decades of polling data to better understand the profound political and cultural consequences of this new reality.  Robert joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and the ways that white Protestant Christians might adjust to find their place in the new America. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

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As many of you may have heard, this week marks the end of gawker.com’s operations; after nearly fourteen years the website will be shutting down as a result of a decision which came just days after Univision successfully bid of $135 million for Gawker Media’s six other websites, and three months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company.  Joining me today to talk all about the demise of the site is Rich Juzwiak who is a writer for Gawker Media.  

Over the course of the past decade we have witnessed a dramatic rise in political engagement and social activism; from the birth of the Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, and Occupy Wall Street movements to the successful fight for a $15, we’ve seen uprisings and protests across the country challenging the status quo.  In her new book Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, journalist Sarah Jaffe explores these movements and explains what has made ordinary Americans from Seattle to St. Louis become activists. Sarah is a fellow at The Nation Institute and joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and the ways in which Americans, regardless of political alignment, are boldly challenging who wields power in this country and how they are remaking politics as we know it.  

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Friday, August 19, 2016

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On Tuesday night, Donald Trump tried to argue (to a mostly white crowd) in West Bend, Wisconsin that he is the candidate who will best represent the interests of African-Americans.  Yet according to Julia Craven who is a politics reporter for The Huffington Post his speech fell completely flat and his remarks showed once again why Trump ― who was polling at zero percent of the black vote in July ― has so much trouble in appealing to African-American voters.  Julia joins me on the show today to talk all about Trump’s attempts to appeal to the African-American community as well as what period of time Trump is referring to when he says he wants to make America great again. 

On Thursday, The Department of Justice announced that the federal government will stop relying on private prisons to house inmates, phasing them out over the next few years. Yet while this announcement is a major step in the right direction it will not dislodge private prisons altogether from the American criminal justice system.  Joining me today to talk all about the announcement and the reforms that are still needed is Mark Joseph Stern who covers the law and LGBTQ issues for Slate.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Noah Michelson, the Voices Editorial Director and Executive Editor of Queer Voices at The Huffington Post, and 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. You can also follow Noah on twitter.

Yesterday, the Vera Institute of Justice and a program called the Safety and Justice Challenge released a report that found that since 1970, there has been a nearly five-fold increase in the number of people in U.S. jails.  While this number is troubling it is not all together surprising, however what is shocking about the study was its findings relating to the rise in the number of women in jail.  According to the report, women in jail are the fastest growing correctional population in the country—increasing 14-fold between 1970 and 2014. Joining me today to talk all about the report’s findings, how spending time in jail can deepen the societal disadvantages many of these woman face, and ways to reverse the trend is Elizabeth Swavola who is a Senior Program Associate on Sentencing and Corrections at the Vera Institute of Justice a co-author of the report.  


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Over the weekend, a cache of hacking tools allegedly created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers were revealed online by a group calling themselves "the Shadow Brokers" who claim the code is a tool that can be used to hack into any computer.  Joining me today to talk all about the hack and the consequences that it can have for the spy agency’s operations as well as the security of government and corporate computers is Nicholas Weaver, who is a senior staff researcher focusing on computer security at the International Computer Science Institute at UC Berkeley.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Late last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down much of the North Carolina’s omnibus voter suppression law. Though Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) soon announced that his office would no longer defend the law in court, Gov. Pat McCrory (R) pledged to ask the justices to stay this decision and effectively reinstate the law, which is something that hasn’t happened yet.  Joining me today to talk all about North Carolina’s voter suppression law why the state still hasn’t sought a stay from the Supreme Court is Ian Millhiser, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice.

As Donald Trump’s campaign continues to implode and his poll numbers consistently plummet, some conservative intellectuals have begun to wonder whether or not the Republican Party and conservative movement can survive the 2016 election.  Joining me today to talk all about the conservation he had with one such Republican who believes that the GOP is not going to survive Trump is Zack Beauchamp who is the world correspondent at Vox.com.

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