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‘MHP’ Syllabus: 3.1.15

 

Sunday on MHP… We’ll discuss the upcoming speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before Congress—it comes at a critical time in the efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions and just ahead of Israel’s elections.  Several lawmakers have vowed to skip the speech including—one of our guests. Joining us in #nerdland is New York Representative Greg Meeks, House Committee on Financial Services and House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Then, we’ll take a closer look at the political battle over rewriting the No Child Left Behind Law. The law which was signed by former President George W. Bush mandated standardized testing in reading for public school students.

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Next week MHP will be on the road. As we countdown to the 50th anniversary of the march to Selma we’ll take a closer look at the state of the Voting Rights Act today. Next Saturday, President Obama and the First Family are expected to be joined in Selma by former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and 95 members of Congress. But where are voting rights in America today?

Our panel includes:

  • Ari Berman, Reporter for The Nation Magazine and author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” (will be published in August 2015 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act)
  • Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University, Visiting Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School
  • Amy Goodman, Executive Producer and host of Democracy Now!

We’ll talk to the filmmakers of the critically acclaimed new documentary The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on campus, and as MSNBC partners with the 92nd street Y for 7 days of genius festival—we’ll take a look at how we define genius with some of the brightest minds in their field.

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

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'MHP' Syllabus: 3.1.15