Friday, August 14, 2015

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

Michelangelo is back in the studio and doing the show live today!

In the late summer of 2005, Louisiana and its neighbors were hit by two massive hurricanes, which brought unprecedented destruction and ultimately demonstrated the catastrophic impact of land loss on the economic and environmental vitality of the central Gulf Coast.  The first of these storms, Hurricane Katrina, made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on August 29, 2005 and the second, Hurricane Rita, came ashore on September 24, 2005.  Together, the two storms resulted in nearly two thousand deaths and an estimated economic toll of $91 billion, with $81 billion of the losses coming from Katrina. Louisiana bore much of the burden, with about 1,300 casualties from Katrina and the subsequent levee failures, as well as heavy losses in commercial fishing and other industries. Aside from their devastating impact on the lives of millions of Gulf Coast residents, the storms damaged the Mississippi River Delta and other fragile ecosystems that lay in their path.  Joining me today to discuss the importance of ongoing coastal restoration projects in the region and the improvements in protection made since the storms is Douglas Meffert the Executive Director of the Audubon Louisiana and Vice President of the National Audubon Society’s Restore the Mississippi River Delta campaign which is a is a joint effort of non-profit organizations made up of science, public policy, economics and outreach experts raising awareness and building support for science-based solutions to restore Louisiana’s coast and is comprised of the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coalitionto Restore Coastal Louisiana, and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

In the new action film Hitman: Agent 47 actor Zachary Quinto plays the villainous John Smith who is desperately hunting a young woman who has teamed up with an elite assassin that was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. The assassin, who is endowed with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence, is the culmination of decades of research ­ and forty-six earlier Agent clones. In the film, which is the sequel in the series, Agent 47’s target is a mega-corporation that is trying to unlock the secrets of his past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own.  The film is a fast passed action thriller and Zachary joins me today in studio to talk all about it.

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