Monday, March 28, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Back in 1989, Senator Jesse Helms made headlines by denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism, igniting a culture war that rages to this day.  Yet, tragically, Robert passed away that same year as a result of AIDS ending his promising and provocative career.  Now, on April 4th, more than 25 years after his death, HBO Documentary Films will present a new film called Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures which takes an unflinching, unprecedented look at Robert’s most provocative work. The film is also debuting in conjunction with simultaneous retrospectives at The Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art, and the films directors, acclaimed filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato join me on the show today to talk all about it and the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe.  

Over the weekend, Sen. Bernie Sanders defeated Sec. Hillary Clinton by large margins in the Democratic caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington State.  The victories came as relief for his campaign after a series of defeats across the South, were African-American voters turned out in large numbers to support Sec. Clinton.  Which has caused many political watchers to wonder whether or not Sen. Sanders’ efforts to win white working-class voters back to the Democratic Party is really the best approach for his campaign.  My guest, Joan Walsh, who is The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent and an MSNBC political analyst is one of those people and she recently wrote an article for The Nation titled “What’s Wrong With Bernie Sanders’s Strategy” and she joins me on the show today to talk all about problems associated with trying to build a Democratic coalition out of white working-class voters.  

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