Monday, June 01, 2015

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

Evangelicals have been a powerful political force in Washington since the days when Jerry Falwell and his Moral Majority organization helped President Ronald Reagan win the 1980 election by registering millions of evangelicals to vote.  And since those time, evangelical leaders from Billy Graham to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson have had a unique ability to direct people’s attention toward a particular candidate or issue.  However, according to some people in the religious conservative movement, new advances in technology and social media may have rendered this top down model of engaging where you have a couple of leaders who are able to give marching orders to the faithful, to be obsolete and as a result it just might not be so successful at rallying evangelicals to go out and vote for a particular candidate in 2016.  Joining me today to discuss the growing gulf between the evangelical leadership in Washington and evangelical voters across the country is Sarah Pulliam Bailey a religion reporter for the Washington Post.  You can also follow Sarah on twitter.

Back on April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately sentenced to death for the crime. Yet long after the investigation into the bombing and the subsequent trial, what we still haven’t learned is why these two young immigrants decided to carry out this horrific act of violence.  Joining me today in studio to offer some insight into this question and to discuss her new book The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy which tells the history of the Tsarnaev brothers and follows their family from one war-torn locale after another and then ultimately to the disorienting world of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is acclaimed Russian-American journalist and author Masha Gessen.  You can also follow Masha on twitter.

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