The Antigay Movement in Eastern Europe, Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton, Predicting Future Challenges

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Gay rights activists shout slogans during a traditional May Day march in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, May 1, 2015.

Journalist Masha Gessen joins us to discuss her recent piece for Harper's called, “Family Values: Mapping the Spread of Antigay Ideology,” which looks at the spread of the antigay movement in Russia and Eastern Europe, and what it means for the United States today. Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton star of The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Dvořák’s “Rusalka,” an operatic adaptation of “The Little Mermaid,” joins us. Yuval Noah Harari, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses his latest book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Composer Paola Prestini, the creative and executive director of National Sawdust, an artist-led performance space in Williamsburg, joins us to discuss her new theater piece, “Aging Magician.”