Monday, January 12, 2015

Today on The Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - This morning marked the launch of SiriusXM Insight channel 121, which is offering thought-provoking and mind-expanding talk radio for fans of public radio and beyond.  The channel got its start at 9am ET with “Stand Up! With Pete Dominick,” in recognition of Pete’s role in inspiring the creation of the channel, and it includes a variety of talented, insightful hosts from wide-ranging backgrounds, including, comedian / political commentator John Fugelsang who came on our show last week, astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Republican political strategist / activist Margret Hoover who joins us today in studio to talk about her new show called Get It Right with Margaret Hoover  which airs 12pm-1pm ET, daily on SiriusXM Insight 121. You can also follow Margret on twitter and facebook.

4:35pm ET - The history of the United States is full of examples of brutality and disregard for the humanity of others; from the systemic violence against Native peoples and enslavement of African Americans to the more recent murders of Matthew Shepard and Trayvon Martin. Most Americans see such acts as being driven by hate, choosing to believe that terrible cruelty is aberrant and caused primarily by “extremists” and misfits.  But, according to longtime activists and political theorists Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski in their new book Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics, American society’s reliance on the framework of hate to explain these acts is wrongheaded, misleading, and ultimately harmful.  Michael joins us today to examine how hate and violence are excused and normalized in popular culture and political discussion and explain how this warps society’s ideas about goodness and justice.

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