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'A love like that is worth an infinite ache'

05/13/12 05:24PM

Melissa took some time at the end of today's show to honor mothers of every ilk (including the mothers of us, the #nerdland staff) in a moving "Footnote" essay. Some were mothers who are serving abroad in our armed forces; some waiting for children in those armed forces to come home. Some mothers are undocumented; some sacrificing to their last; some, like Marissa Alexander, are incarcerated and perhaps even giving birth behind bars. read more

Previewing Mother's Day in #nerdland

05/13/12 09:18AM

First things first: Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there. I think I can speak for all of us here in #nerdland when I say that we send our very best to you. Especially to you, Sybrina Fulton.This year, I have to think it's just about impossible for anyone to consider the meaning of Mother's Day without thinking of Fulton, the mother of the late Trayvon Martin. She has endured a special hell this year, one shared surely by too many other mothers whose names we don't know. (Fulton's Mother's Day PSA for the Second Chance program, released earlier this week, is incredibly moving. read more

Mothers in prison

Mothers in prison

05/12/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry follows up on the story of Marissa Alexander, an abused wife and mother who stood up to her husband and fired a single warning shot from... watch

Giving birth behind bars

Giving birth behind bars

05/12/12 08:00PM

The conversation on women and incarceration continues as Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists discuss the number of pregnant women in prisons who give... watch

How family matters

How family matters

05/12/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists compare the childhood upbringings of President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, and how their families likely influenced... watch

The costs of raising a child

The costs of raising a child

05/12/12 08:00PM

While a celebrity's "baby bump" may help them cash in on publicity, Melissa Harris-Perry gives her “Reality Check” on the costs of raising a child, and the... watch

For our May 12 show, we gather here to celebrate

05/12/12 09:00AM

"We gather here to celebrate" are words I'm not sure you hear anywhere outside of a wedding. And perhaps outside of my late-eighties grade-school socials and your local easy-listening-and-R&B station, you don't hear Luther Vandross' classic "Here and Now" more often than you do when a married couple has their first dance at their wedding.Matrimony, holy or otherwise, was this week's biggest news. President Obama took a historic new stance on marriage equality, becoming the first American President to state that he doesn't believe that marriage is just between a man and a woman. read more

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