Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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

Yesterday, U.S. senators rebuked the body’s majority leaders and sided with their colleagues in the House of Representatives, as well as President Obama by passing the USA Freedom Act, which despite being the first significant changes to surveillance programs since the 9/11 attacks will still keep much of the Patriot Act intact and only end certain aspects of the governments domestic spying programs.  Joining me today to discuss the USA Freedom Act and what it will and will not do as far as surveillance is concerned is Shane Harris, the Senior Intelligence and National Security Correspondent for The Daily Beast and an ASU Future of War Fellow at the New America Foundation. You can also follow Shane on twitter.

Ever wonder how the phrase “In God We Trust” came to be found on every piece of American currency? Or why Congress added “under God” to the previously secular Pledge of Allegiance?  Well according to Kevin M. Kruse, a professor of history at Princeton University and the author of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America this was all part of a coordinated public relations offensive by corporate business leaders to cast capitalism as the handmaiden of Christianity and democracy in order to regain the public prestige lost as a result of Great Crash and Depression and to fight back against the perceived threats from Labor Unions and Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal.  Kevin joins me today to talk all about the book and explain how Americans became convinced that not only should the country be a Christian nation, but that it always had been.  You can also follow Kevin on twitter.

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