Friday, January 16, 2015

Today on The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - Can a single conversation change minds on divisive social issues, such as marriage equality? According to groundbreaking data published in the peer-reviewed journal Science it is possible to lastingly persuade conservative voters to support issues like marriage equality and do so at a greatly accelerated rate compared to their neighbors.  The study is the result of 12-months of research and also shows how the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s voter persuasion methods reduced anti-gay prejudice and may have the potential to reduce other forms of prejudice.  Joining us today to discuss the study and its results is Michael J. LaCour of UCLA one of the authors of the study and Ella Barrett the National Field Manager with the Leadership LAB of the Los Angeles LGBT Center who manages the experimental canvassing persuasion project to increase voter support for LGBT equality.

4:35pm ET - In 2013, the British mathematician Alan Turing, who broke the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, received a royal pardon for his 1952 conviction for "gross indecency", which at the time was code word for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.  However, unfortunately the pardon came 59 years after Turing's tragic suicide, which was a result of the horrific treatment he received from the Government and Nation he had helped to save.  Joining us today to discuss extraordinary mind and life of Alan Turing is Andrew Hodges, a Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in Mathematics at Wadham College University of Oxford, who wrote the definitive biography on Turing’s life titled Alan Turing: The Enigma, originally published in 1983 which inspired the recent major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley titled The Imitation Game.  

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