The April 19 ‘MHP’ Syllabus

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This combination of April 15, 2013 and April 14, 2014 photos shows medical workers aiding injured people on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013...
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The April 19 'MHP' Syllabus

Updated

Many will gather on Boylston Street, as they do every third Monday in April, to cheer on runners as they come across the finish line of the Boston Marathon. This time, though, it’ll also be a celebration of the three lives and hundreds injured when two bombs exploded there during last year’s Marathon.

In the wake of tragedies like 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombings, fear can be a unifying factor. But fear can also cloud our vision when it comes to how we perceive threats to our security and who we perceive to be a threat. On Saturday’s Melissa Harris-Perry, we will discuss the complicated implications of fear when it comes to national security and government policy.

The conflict in Ukraine has continued to escalate. Pro-Russian separatists have moved further east into the country while Russian troops remain on the border. Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomatic representatives met in Geneva on Thursday to discuss ways to curb the ongoing violence. After hours of discussion, the parties involved agreed that all groups would cease provocative activity and that all illegal groups would be disarmed. Despite the agreement, pro-Russian separatists in Mariupol have refused to surrender an occupied administration building while in Donetsk, separatist leader Denis Pushilin has called on supporters to ignore the agreement. On Saturday, we will bring you the latest on the crisis in Ukraine.

College athletes won another victory on Tuesday when the NCAA legislative council approved a measure that would eliminate limits on the amount of food a school can give to Division 1 athletes, including walk-ons who are not on scholarship. The agreement came on the heels of comments made by University of Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier that he often went to bed hungry because he couldn’t afford more food than what was provided to him under NCAA regulations. And in Illinois, the Northwestern University football players will vote soon on whether or not they will form a union. On Saturday, Melissa will discuss all of this with her panel, including WNBA and NCAA champion Swin Cash.

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on MSNBC! Also, don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.

Melissa Harris-Perry

The April 19 'MHP' Syllabus

Updated