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The statue of the late Joe Paterno at Penn State's Beaver Stadium was removed early yesterday. Today, crippling NCAA sanctions were levied upon the football program.

An idol is torn down, but Corbett stays upright

07/23/12 12:37PM

There may be no quieter time on a college campus than the wee hours of a Sunday morning. Thus, it is unsurprising that starting before 7:00am ET yesterday, Pennsylvania State University tore down the statue of the late football coach they once idolized (and some still do), Joe Paterno. Yes, it's summertime, and most students presumably won't return to State College, PA until late next month. But if you want to avoid a scene, it was probably best to do it right after the decision was announced.What the new Penn State president, Rodney Erickson, did yesterday was juke a lot of folks. read more

In our July 22 show, we're going back to Africa

07/22/12 09:30AM

Nelson Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday earlier this week, a big news event here in the United States given that he is one of the few African leaders we here are familiar with. It is hard to argue that the period of apartheid in South Africa, and the U.S. coverage of the heroes who ended it put Africa on the front pages in a way we haven't seen in the decades since. Yes, we see poor, starving African children on UNICEF ads, hear about money sent to combat AIDS, and we hear about monsters like Charles Taylor. read more

Activism in the Olympics

Activism in the Olympics

07/21/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry is joined by Olympic bronze medalist Dr. John Carlos, sports caster and former Olympic gold medalist Donna de Varona, The Nation's Dave Zirin, and ESPN.com columnist Jemele Hill to talk about the history of activism in the Olympic... watch

Border clashes in Sudan

Border clashes in Sudan

07/21/12 08:00PM

Sudanese supermodel and refugee advocate Alek Wek joins Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about political disputes and unrest over border agreements in South Sudan. watch

Diversity in American kitchens

Diversity in American kitchens

07/21/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry is joined by "Top Chef" star Tiffany Derry, culinary student Syrena Johnson, author and journalist Charlotte Druckman, and New York University professor Michael Ralph to talk about racial diversity in American restaurants. watch

A look back on 'Nerdland'

A look back on 'Nerdland'

07/21/12 08:00PM

On a programming note, Melissa Harris-Perry announces that her next show will be airing on Sunday, August 12 due to the Olympic Games. For the meantime, Harris-Perry takes a look back on past shows. watch

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