On The Posner Show, Sarah and E.J. discuss the marriage equality referenda in Maryland, Maine, and Washington. E.J. explains why polling isn’t a good predictor of how people vote on this issue. Sarah asks what’s changed in Maine, and E.J. explains how voters are swayed by personal stories. Sarah discusses religious outreach in Maryland, as well as the role of the Baltimore Ravens. Why do marriage equality proponents need so much more money for their campaigns than opponents do? E.J. explains how leading private employers in Washington state have provided financial support for marriage equality there. Finally, E.J. recounts the revolutionary changes for LGBT equality in her lifetime.
Adam Frank, author of the new book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, speculates that climate change may be the “great filter” that stops extraterrestrial civilizations from reaching maturity.
Ross Douthat, author of the new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, speaks to Father William Dailey about the relevance of the Vatican to the lives of most Catholics.