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Melissa's homework this week is no joke

Melissa's homework this week is no joke

04/29/12 11:57AM

We tackled some very big, very serious issues this weekend.I was honored to invite Mona Eltahawy to join the show on Saturday. Her provocative article from Foreign Policy is a must read for your homework. Take time to read “Why Do They Hate Us?”, and the rejoinders and critiques of the piece as well. We also took time to discuss the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, highlighted the specific ways that domestic violence and sexual assault impact Native American women. read more

In our April 29 show, the fire still burns

04/29/12 09:28AM

The video of motorist Rodney King being beaten to within an inch of his life was the first viral video I can remember. When the LAPD officers who savaged King got a "not guilty" verdict 20 years ago today, parts of Los Angeles began to literally burn. Good thing King was still around to, as has been noted in many a retrospective recently, pour water on the whole situation with his famous question, "Can we all get along?"In subsequent years, when it was no longer "too soon" to do so, the remark became comic fodder. read more

Obama plays it cool

Obama plays it cool

04/28/12 08:00PM

Conservative groups are attempting to spin President Obama’s “cool image” to cast him off as being unpresidential. But beyond Obama’s charisma, does his... watch

LA Riots, 20 years later

LA Riots, 20 years later

04/28/12 08:00PM

Footnote: In highlighting the 20th anniversary of the LA Riots, Melissa Harris-Perry's final note is on the fundamental issues with law and justice, and how... watch

Will Obama reclaim Virginia?

Will Obama reclaim Virginia?

04/28/12 08:00PM

Tom Perriello, former Democratic Congressman from Virginia, weighs in on how he feels Virginia will swing this election season after he was ousted from his... watch

Life, death and penalties

Life, death and penalties

04/28/12 08:00PM

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler, Vera Thomas, a mother whose son is on death row, and Barry Scheck of ... watch

In our April 28 show, it's about that cash

04/28/12 08:48AM

Don't let the shiny, sequined baby-blue suits, white shoes, and bell-bottom pants get your distracted. There are some powerful truths about money in our culture being spoken by the O'Jays in that song, "For the Love of Money." For one, people do bad things (or thangs) with it. They'll steal from their own mother and rob their own brother for it. Money can drive some people out of their minds. You shouldn't let money change you. Valuable lessons, all. read more

Good Look: Breaking gender barriers in sports

04/28/12 07:35AM

It is hard to think of anything in the public sphere that is thought of as "outside of politics" that is quite as political as sports -- particularly when it comes to the issue of gender. Whether or not you follow them casually, closely, or not at all, I'd like to think that you can appreciate the history made in the Title IX era by legendary figures like Pat Summitt, who stepped down last week after 38 seasons coaching women's basketball at the University of Tennessee. read more

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