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Commencement speeches set tone on marriage...

Commencement speeches set tone on marriage debate

05/12/12 08:00PM

Both the First Lady Michelle Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered college commencement speeches on Saturday, but each speaker set a very different tone in addressing marriage equality. Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests – including... 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 birth while being incarcerated. 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

Good Look: #nerdland gets some culture

05/12/12 07:40AM

Good Saturday morning, #nerdland! Get warmed up for today's show with one of our favorite discussions last week, Melissa's conversation with ballerina Misty Copeland and violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins about African-Americans in the arts, the importance of government funding, and youth following in their footsteps.We led off with a solo conversation with Copeland, the first African-American soloist with the American Ballet Theatre in decades. Hall-Tompkins, a member of the Ritz Chamber Players, joined the conversation in the second half, which you can find after the jump. read more

Gay rights as economic equality

Gay rights as economic equality

05/11/12 08:00PM

In the conversation on marriage rights, Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists discuss the economic perspective on gay rights and how marriage equality benefits same-sex couples. watch

Moderate lawmakers removed by party extremes

Moderate lawmakers removed by party extremes

05/11/12 08:00PM

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who has served as a lawmaker on both sides of the aisle, joins the Melissa Harris-Perry conversation on the political partisan divide as panelists, political satirist Lizz Winstead, Republican strategist Joe... watch

Down with the middle?

Down with the middle?

05/11/12 08:00PM

Melissa Harris-Perry continues the conversation on bipartisan cooperation and party loyalty as the moderate portion of the electorate continues to diminish. watch

FDA panel endorses HIV prevention drug

FDA panel endorses HIV prevention drug

05/11/12 08:00PM

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel this week recommended the approval of a drug targeting “high-risk” people to prevent them from getting infected with HIV. Dr. Roy Gulick, chief of infectious diseases at New York Presbyterian, explains the... watch

Can Occupy mimic Tea Party success?

Can Occupy mimic Tea Party success?

05/11/12 08:00PM

The Occupy movement on Wednesday teamed up with activist groups in North Carolina to protest Bank of America’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists discuss the movement and its comparisons to the Tea Party. Is Occupy... watch

RNC pits Obama against the '99 Percent'

RNC pits Obama against the '99 Percent'

05/11/12 08:00PM

President Obama was among Hollywood's elite this week after actor George Clooney hosted a fundraising event that raked in nearly $15 million for Obama’s re-election campaign. Republicans responded by trying to cast the president as the “celebrity-in... watch

Paying tribute to the wild things

Paying tribute to the wild things

05/11/12 08:00PM

Foot Soldier: Melissa Harris-Perry highlights the work of Maurice Sendak, who penned the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” and who brought magic to the lives of many. watch

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