The November 15 ‘MHP’ Syllabus

Updated

People all over the world are marveling at the European Space Agency’s landing on the 67P comet, and the secrets that this mission might be unveil about the universe. From hundreds of millions of miles away, the Philae spacecraft could offer promising insights about the Big Bang, the formation of the earth and even the beginnings of life. Meanwhile, back here on earth, Pope Francis’ recent comments on evolution have gotten people talking about the big questions of science and God. Are these concepts mutually exclusive or can they exist as part of one another?  Saturday’s Melissa Harris-Perry show jumps into that conversation with science educator Bill Nye, Princeton’s Yolanda Pierce and Fordham University’s Michael Peppard.

Morning Joe, 11/13/14, 10:52 AM ET

Time charts the rise of Taylor Swift

Time’s Radhika Jones joins Morning Joe to reveal the magazine’s latest issue, which looks at the rise of singer Taylor Swift.
Also in Saturday’s program: Taylor Swift’s big rebellion. Last week some of Spotify’s 12.5 million subscribers were upset to learn that the platinum selling artist had removed all of her albums from the streaming service. Does this move by an artist with the kind of following Swift has, have broader implications? What does it mean for the future of streaming service websites? Journalist Danyel Smith and co-host of Citizen Radio Jamie Kilstein join host Melissa Harris-Perry to explore.

Next, the shocking new report indicating that officers in the New Orleans police department “routinely” ignored cases of potential sex crimes, with follow-up efforts made in only 14 percent of reports made between 2011 and 2013. We’ll have Deon Haywood, executive director of Women with a Vision, live from New Orleans.

PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, 11/12/14, 6:51 PM ET

Kim Kardashian breaks Internet with backside photo

Kim Kardashian bared her backside on the cover of a magazine and the Internet imploded. Rev. Al Sharpton’s Conversation Nation panelists examine what the widespread fascination with her says about the American public.
Kim Kardashian’s Paper magazine cover may not have “broken the internet,” but it certainly got a lot of people’s attention. Come on over to #nerdland on Saturday morning where it’s time for a little bit of “tushy talk.” What does it mean when a woman like Kim can market and display herself to the tune of a personal fortune of some $64 million? Celebrity divorce attorney Vikki Ziegler and University of Pennsylvania professor Salamishah Tillet join our panel to discuss.

Also, the Supreme Court is poised to take up the Affordable Care Act. Again. Why might Justice Antonin Scalia be the one to make the case for saving President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment? Yes, Justice Scalia. We’ll break it down.

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. Your tweets and comments might even appear on the show!

Melissa Harris-Perry

The November 15 'MHP' Syllabus

Updated