Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Today on The Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - Earlier today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a highly-anticipated budget address that many people viewed through the lens of his potential 2016 run for president despite the fact that the finances of Christie’s state are in complete turmoil. Since Christie has taken office New Jersey has seen its credit rating downgraded eight times and its Transportation Trust Fund is $16 billion in debt and will become insolvent on July 1, not to mention the fact that a New Jersey Superior Court Judge just ruled in favor of the unions that sued Christie for his failure to make full payments to their pension system which violated the state’s constitutional obligation to workers.  All this at a time when his approval ratings are at their lowest point since he took office in 2010, joining us today to talk all things Christie is Daniel Wright of Fire Dog Lake.  You can also follow Daniel on twitter.

4:35pm ET - Langston Hughes was more than just an iconic poet, novelist, and playwright whose work expressed the struggle of African-American’s making him a primary force behind the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, he was also a mentor who helped the careers of countless other authors by clearing a path for them.  He encouraged Gwendolyn Brooks to write in the 1940s, introduced Ralph Ellison to Richard Wright, and published Alice Walker’s first short story in 1967.  However one thing that many of his fans may not be aware of is that he was a prolific a letter writer who kept up countless correspondence with an incredible variety of people throughout his life.  Joining us today, to discuss the life and letters of Langston Hughes is Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel who along with Christa Fratantoro edited and complied a new book titled Selected Letters of Langston Hughes which offer insight into the man and chronicles his deep devotion to his craft as well as his personal and professional relationships.

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