Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

‘MHP’ Syllabus: 01.30.16

This Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry takes a look at both sides in the presidential race before she heads to Iowa for Sunday coverage of the Iowa caucuses.

 Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are now neck and neck among Iowa democratic caucus goers. We’ll tune into both candidates’ closing arguments before the Iowa caucus on Monday.

Then we’ll take another look at the dire situation in Flint, Michigan. How did a Michigan emergency management law contribute to the decision to switch the source of Flint’s water supply?  We’ll talk to Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, about a 15-point plan to address Flint’s water crisis that he presented to Governor Rick Snyder.

This week, the nation made great progress in prison reform. President Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. And the Supreme Court, which had already ruled that mandatory life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional, has now decided that the ruling applies retroactively potentially impacting the lives of hundreds of inmates across the country.

And Super Bowl buzz is hitting #nerdland early. We’ll talk about Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback, who is set to become the sixth- African American quarterback in fifty years to start in the Super Bowl.

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Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday at 10am ET on MSNBC. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.