Monday, February 09, 2015

Today on The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - After unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9 of last year, national news outlets began to point out the lopsided racial makeup not only of the Ferguson police force but of the city government.  Now, less than a year later, the Ferguson City Council is heading for a historic election, and residents will head to the ballot box with their first real chance to change local government to better represent the demographics of the community.  Joining us today to discuss this election is Mariah Stewart, the Ferguson Fellow at The Huffington Post who covers the St. Louis metro area.  You can also follow Mariah on twitter and facebook.

4:35pm ET - Before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and before the Nazi invasion of Poland, America teetered between the desire for isolation and the threat of world war.  With Hitler's reach extending into Austria, and with the atrocities of World War I still fresh in the American memory, President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced the question that would prove to be one of the most defining in American history: whether to once again go to war in Europe.  In his new book The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, The Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, Nicholas Wapshott details how an ambitious and resilient Roosevelt—nicknamed "the Sphinx" for his cunning, cryptic rapport with the press—devised and pursued a strategy to sway the American people to abandon isolationism and take up the mantle of the world's most powerful nation.  Nicholas joins us today in studio to discuss his book and explain how Roosevelt’s victory over the isolationists not only secured his legacy, but also set a standard for American military strategy and foreign intervention for years to come.  You can also follow Nicholas on twitter.

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