Wednesday, December 09, 2015
During his address to the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday, President Obama made a number of proposals including calls for sensible gun-control measures, for respecting this country’s restrictions against religious tests, and for an understanding of the role that Muslims in the United States and abroad can play in combating terrorism. His proposals have received a lot of criticism from conservatives, however according to John Nichols of The Nation, one proposal from the president should be beyond debate. He said the war in which the United States is currently engaged in against ISIS must be reviewed by Congress. John joins me today on the show to talk all about why the president was both practically and constitutionally correct in his statement and why Congress has a constitutional duty to debate whether to authorize a new war with ISIS in the old trouble spots of Syria and Iraq.
For most of the twentieth century, gay characters and themes were both underrepresented and misrepresented in mainstream cinema. However, beginning in the 1970s, a new generation of openly gay directors turned the closet inside out, bringing a poignant immediacy to modern cinema and popular culture. In his new book Gay Directors, Gay Films? Emanuel Levy takes a thorough look at the lives and work of five contemporary gay male directors, developing a framework for interpreting their work and influence on American culture, and he joins me today on the show to talk all about the book.
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