Creationist 'comes out' | Tahrir Square doc | Equality in the military


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Today on the show:

  • Yahoo technology columnist and former New York Times writer Virginia Heffernan explains why she chose to come out as a creationist this summer, a move that generated a great hue and cry from fellow journalists -- science writers in particular -- and prompted Gawker to insist that her work can no longer be taken seriously.

  • Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and subject Khalid Abdalla on the new documentary The Square, which follows the historic events in Cairo's Tahrir Square in 2011 as activism spreads in the street and on social media. The film will screen at this year's Toronto International Film Festival -- which begins today!

  • Allyson Robinson, the former executive director of OutServe-SLDN, says Chelsea Manning's decision to go public about her gender identity will move the conversation about transgender military equality forward. Robinson, a veteran, LGBT advocate and a transgender woman herself, says that the U.S. military needs to change its obsolete policy against transgender people openly serving.

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