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‘MHP’ Syllabus: 4.11.15

This Saturday in #nerdland: An End to Conversion Therapy. President Obama is calling for it … and Melissa will talk to two people who have been through it.

Next, just imagine this scenario: You get notice to pack up and leave. Leave the only country you’ve ever known. Fly to another where you don’t speak the language, where you don’t have any job prospects, resources, family, or friends. Where you don’t know anyone. Leave your family behind—and you can’t come back.

Adam Crapser arrived in the United States at the age of three as a Korean transnational adoptee. Now, at age 40, he is facing deportation because U.S. immigration may send him back to Korea. Growing up in an abusive home, his adoptive parents never filed for his citizenship. Adam, a father of three with another baby on the way, is in a nightmare immigration battle and joins us to share his story.

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Also on Saturday, the long wait of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch continues. Republicans, namely Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, stand in the way of a confirmation vote being called … but what if Lynch has a secret weapon fighting to ensure her confirmation? We’ll be joined by Paulette Walker, national president and CEO of Delta Sigma Theta.

Then: The Class of ’16. Pro-gun Senator Rand Paul was not invited to the National Rifle Association’s annual Conference in Nashville—making him the only big-name contender other than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to not be invited. Was it just the capper to a very bad rollout week for Senator Paul? Or proof of a different kind of politics?

Our guests include:

  • John Gutierrez, assistant professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY
  • Peter Slevin, author of Michelle Obama: A Life, former national political correspondent at The Washington Post
  • Christina Greer, assistant professor at Fordham University, author of Black Ethnics
  • Julian Zelizer, author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society, professor of history and public affairs, Princeton University

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.