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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

Harris-Perry: Democrats, stand by your...

Harris-Perry: Democrats, stand by your president

07/14/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists - syndicated columnist Bob Franken, The Grio’s Joy-Ann Reid, Wade Henderson of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and comedian Lizz Winstead - talk about the Democrats who are breaking ranks from... watch

Countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games in London

Countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games in London

07/14/12 08:00PM

Three-time Olympian and gold-medal winner Dominique Dawes joins Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about racial diversity in the U.S. Olympic teams, her experience in competing, and what to expect from this year's crop of athletes. watch

Meet Bassey Ikpi, mental health advocate

Meet Bassey Ikpi, mental health advocate

07/14/12 01:00PM

Today, Melissa profiled Nigerian-born writer and poet Bassey Ikpi, who lives with Bipolar II disorder and has founded The Siwe Project -- a non-profit organization geared towards educating and increasing awareness of mental health issues, particularly amongst those of African descent worldwide. On July 2, Ikpi and The Siwe Project staged its first annual #NoShame Day, in which their website "host, "I am Bassey Ikpi, and I have no shame." Someone's telling the story about their mother, or their cousin...that's them saying, I'm not ashamed of you. I'm not ashamed of what you're going through. read more

In our July 14 show, we rep the Street

07/14/12 09:38AM

it is almost as if Mitt Romney is trying to make this week worse. He's messing with Big Bird again.He poked the famed Sesame Street bird late last year under the guise of attacking public broadcasting, saying, "We're not going to kill Big Bird. But Big Bird is going to have advertisements. Alright?" Not discouraged in the least by the fact he's trying to change a program virtually no one dislikes, Romney went back to that trough this week in a Radio Iowa interview:There are programs that I like, like PBS—I mean, my grandkids watch PBS, they like to watch Sesame Street. read more

Good Look: Porn, feminism and Foucault

07/14/12 08:23AM

I won't give too lengthy an introduction to last Saturday's thorough discussion of the politics and business of pornography in America, other than to ask: where else will you have feminism and Foucault intrude upon what is thought, generally, to be too taboo a topic to discuss in our public news sphere? read more

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