Ballet dancer Misty Copeland performs during the BET Black Girls Rock show at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Oct. 26, 2013 in Newark, NJ.
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The March 23 ‘MHP’ Syllabus

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Almost two years have passed since the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Despite the Supreme Court’s seal of approval, the ACA has been scrutinized and challenged constantly by its critics. One argument about to get its day in court comes from the owners of Hobby Lobby who claim that they should be exempt from having to provide their employees with birth control due to religious objections. The Supreme Court is set to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby on Tuesday, and the final ruling could have vast future implications.

Join us on Sunday for an in depth conversation on the controversial precedent the Supreme Court could set as well as President Obama’s strategy to get individuals signed up as the open enrollment deadline draws nearer.

Things aren’t so peachy in Georgia these days. On Thursday, Georgia lawmakers approved controversial legislation, including the House Bill 772, which sets drug testing requirements of welfare recipients. This measure and others were passed in the Senate, and if signed by the governor, will become law. Opponents to Georgia’s new laws have taken a cue from those in North Carolina and have started their own Moral Mondays rallies to protest the action of the state government. We will hear directly from the ground on Sunday when we are joined by one of the Georgia Moral Mondays’ leaders, Timothy Franzen.

In states like New Jersey, Illinois and elsewhere, pension systems are short billions of dollars, posing a threat to the financial security of retired Americans. Join us as we take a closer look at how the lack of funding for this retirement resource affects public sector workers who do not receive social security benefits.

Also, in her second visit to #nerdland, ballerina Misty Copeland will join us live on set to discuss her new memoir, Life in Motion: And Unlikely Ballerina. Copeland, the first African American soloist in the American Ballet Theater in 20 years, will discuss her journey and what she hopes to teach other young girls about breaking down barriers. 

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10 a.m. EST on MSNBC! Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post, will be in for host Melissa Harris-Perry. Also, don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland. And don’t forget to sign up and join the #Nerdland Scholar Challenge!

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The March 23 'MHP' Syllabus

Updated