Monday, February 29, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case called Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which concerns a Texas law that could reduce the number of women’s health clinics that perform abortions in the state to about 10 from roughly 40 by requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and requiring clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.  As part of the case more than 100 women have filed several supporting briefs which are aimed largely at Justice Kennedy, who holds the crucial vote in abortion cases. However, according to some observers this tactic which worked well with Justice Kennedy during his four major gay rights decisions might not work so well this time.  Joining me today to talk all about the briefs and how they may or may not sway Justice Kennedy is Helen J. Knowles an Assistant Professor of Political Science at The State University of New York at Oswego and the author of The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty.

During the Industrial revolution many professions, such as hand weavers, faced the prospect of becoming obsolete as a result of new technologies being introduced into the workplace, and as long as humans have been developing ways to make our work easier and more efficient people have worried how these machines will affect the job market and society.  In their new book, The Future of the Professions: How Technology will Transform the Work of Human ExpertsRichard and Daniel Susskind discuss what employment will look like in an era where machines can out-perform human beings, and how these changes will impact professions like doctors and lawyers, which are not typically associated with being replaced by technology as factory workers usually are.  Richard joins me today to talk all about the book and the future of work in an increasingly digital society. 

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