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Obama wants Clarence Aaron's case reviewed

Obama wants Clarence Aaron's case reviewed

07/18/12 05:03PM

Twice in May and often here on the blog, we've examined the case of Clarence Aaron, the former Southern University football player who is still serving three consecutive terms without parole for a minor, first-time drug offense. The sentence he received is as puzzling as the failure of Ronald Rodgers, head of the U.S. read more

Appropriation we can believe in

07/18/12 02:41PM

Our show has certain tenets. Some of those are highlighting under-reported stories, as well as scrupulously scrutinizing the political and social significances of our nation’s happenings. read more

In front of an officer, a protester voices her displeasure with the New York Police Department during a June silent march down New York's Fifth Avenue.

Stopping and frisking, but not finding

07/16/12 10:58PM

Perhaps it is a testament to my good fortune as a black man who hasn't been subjected to all that much overt racism (offline, at least). Perhaps being singled out for ridicule or degradation for one's color is so memorable that it leaves scars no matter how many or few times one is subjected to it. Whichever the case may be, I was reminded of one of those instances today when I read Harvard Divinity student Kenny Wiley's account today in the Boston Globe:Last Sunday night, I was running down a street near Harvard Yard, trying to get to Harvard Square Station in time to catch a bus. read more

FDA approves first HIV prevention drug

FDA approves first HIV prevention drug

07/16/12 05:18PM

The battle to prevent HIV and AIDS may be forever changed due to something that happened today: the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug that has shown an ability to reduce the risk of HIV infection, per the Associated Press:The agency approved Gilead Sciences' pill Truvada as a preventive measure for people who are at high risk of acquiring HIV through sexual activity, such as those who have HIV-infected partners. Public health advocates say the approval could help slow the spread of HIV, which has held steady at about 50,000 new infections per year for the last 15 years. read more

How Romney handled the NAACP conference

How Romney handled the NAACP conference

07/14/12 08:00PM

Host Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests, syndicated columnist Bob Franken, Joy-Ann Reid of The Grio, Wade Henderson of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and comedian Lizz Winstead, unpack Mitt Romney’s speech he gave before the... watch

Are Texas voter-ID laws a poll tax?

Are Texas voter-ID laws a poll tax?

07/14/12 08:00PM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this week criticized new voter-ID laws in Texas by calling them a "poll tax." Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists talk about how the laws are disenfranchising minority voters. watch

When rape jokes aren't funny

When rape jokes aren't funny

07/14/12 08:00PM

Comedian Tosh of Comedy Central's Tosh.O caused a stir this week with reports that he crossed the line by making a rape joke during his stand-up act in Los Angeles. The Nation's Jessica Valenti joins the conversation to talk about how and why the joke... watch

Can jokes about rape ever be funny?

Can jokes about rape ever be funny?

07/14/12 08:00PM

In response to the backlash to comedian Tosh's rape joke, Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists debate the instances in which comedians are able to pull-off making light of sensitive subjects. watch

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