Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

The October 18 ‘MHP’ Syllabus

This Saturday on Melissa Harris-Perry: response time, reproductive rights, and Michele Roberts.

The alarm bells are ringing… and have been for quite some time now. But as public health officials scramble to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States, there are new questions and heightened scrutiny over lapses in local and federal-level preparedness. Joy Reid, host of “The Reid Report,” Frankie Edozien, journalist and director of the “Reporting Africa” Program at NYU’s Journalism School, Dr. Kent Sepkowitz, an infectious disease specialist, and Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United will provide thoughtful analysis on the latest efforts to combat Ebola domestically and in West Africa.

Plus we’ll look at how the ebola crisis spotlights inequities in our health care system.

Then, a new frontier in reproductive rights? We’ll take a closer look at Apple and Facebook’s decision to pay for employees to freeze their eggs.  Is a “pregnant pause” the answer to a woman having it all?

And even as private corporations expand reproductive benefits, some states are trying to strip women of some reproductive rights. We’ll discuss personhood ballot initiatives.

All that, plus, Michele Roberts, the new executive director of the NBA Players Association joins us in #nerdland. Roberts, the first woman to lead a major U.S. professional sports union, will tell us why her “past is littered with the bones of men.”

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday at 10am ET on msnbc! And don’t forget to tell us what story is most important to you and why on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.