Craig Rimmerman, professor of political science, was a guest on Chicago Public Radio's Odyssey, from 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 7. He discussed the state of gay politics across the two political parties in the U.S. with Andrew Koppelman, a law professor from Northwestern. The show explored tensions within the Republican party around gay issues including the recent comments by Rick Santorum, and whether there is room for more than one position in the Republican party at this point, or whether the Democrats are concerned about addressing issues relevant to gays, such as Gephardt's announcement that his daughter, who is gay, would campaign for him. In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down anti-sodomy laws, what a sexual-orientation blindness would look like in politics, and what would it mean for homosexuality to be a non-issue were also be examined.
Odyssey is a live, weekday talk forum based at Chicago Public Radio, but broadcast in a number of other locations. Gretchen Helfrich hosts, and brings together thinkers from the fields of art, science, politics and the law to discuss a range of ideas and issues. The show is an hour-long panel discussion, with a few screened calls from listeners at the end of the program.