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On Nerding Out, one of MSNBC's online-only shows, Professor and Roosevelt Institute fellow Dorian Warren took an academic look at current events, geeking out on angles beyond the obvious.  Catch up on past episodes here.

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Occupy the Faculty Lounge

Occupy the Faculty Lounge

05/07/15 11:43AM

Dorian Warren asks his professorial panel to recommend something new from the world of academia that might help us understand the week in news. watch

Occupy the Faculty Lounge

Occupy the Faculty Lounge

05/07/15 11:43AM

Dorian Warren asks his professorial panel to recommend something new from the world of academia that might help us understand the week in news. watch

Defining freedom

Defining freedom

05/07/15 11:31AM

Dorian Warren talks with Williams College professor Neil Roberts about his new book 'Marronage as Freedom' in which he explores the concept of freedom from slavery to today. The panel also discusses black freedom in the context of the 'Black Lives Matter watch

Should we abolish the police?

Should we abolish the police?

05/07/15 11:18AM

Dorian Warren talks to Mychal Denzel Smith about whether or not the solution to our nation's policing problems is simply to abolish the police. Panelists Christina Greer, Lester Spence and Neil Roberts also weigh in on police reform and political institu watch

Black political representation in Baltimore

Black political power and representation in Baltimore

05/07/15 11:01AM

Dorian Warren talks with Fordham University’s Christina Greer, Mychal Denzel Smith of the Nation Magazine, Lester Spence of Johns Hopkins and Williams College’s Neil Roberts about what justice would look like Baltimore and what role political representati watch

Nerding Out: Political power in black America

Political power and freedom in black America

05/07/15 08:44AM

Host Dorian Warren talks with Fordham University’s Christina Greer, Mychal Denzel Smith of the Nation Magazine, Lester Spence of Johns Hopkins University, and Williams College’s Neil Roberts about Baltimore’s two-tiered justice system, police abolition, and the evolving concept of freedom from slavery to modern day America. Nerding Out airs... watch

The state of black workers in America

The state of black workers in America

04/30/15 11:42AM

Marc D. Bayard, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director of the Building Movement Project, join Dorian Warren to discuss the state of black workers in America. watch

Building a broad and inclusive social...

Building a broad and inclusive social movement

04/30/15 11:21AM

MSNBC's Aine Penello speaks with various members of the Black Lives Matter movement about the importance of inclusiveness and unity in social movements, particularly with regards to LGBTQ women of color. watch

The shared struggle of justice movements

The shared struggle of social and economic justice movements

04/30/15 08:36AM

In the wake of protests over Freddy Gray’s death, how can the dual fights for economic and social justice come together? Dorian Warren sits down with Sarah Jaffe of Dissent Magazine and Charlene Carruthers of the Black Youth Project to discuss coalition building in protest movements. Nerding Out airs Thursdays at 11am ET. watch

Is the Public Intellectual a thing of past?

Is the Public Intellectual a thing of past?

04/23/15 11:31AM

Dorian is joined by Corey Robin of Brooklyn College, New Republic Senior Editor Jamil Smith and Johns Hopkins Professor Lester Spence to talk about where the notion of ’public intellectual’ is still a relevant concept to our social and political discours watch

The Role of the Black Public Intellectual

The Role of the Black Public Intellectual

04/23/15 11:15AM

Dorian is joined by New Republic Senior Editor Jamil Smith and Johns Hopkins Professor Lester Spence to discuss the changing role of the black intellectual in the wake of Michael Eric Dyson’s critique of Cornel West. watch

Michael Eric Dyson vs. Cornel West

Michael Eric Dyson vs. Cornel West

04/23/15 11:00AM

New Republic Senior Editor Jamil Smith and Johns Hopkins Professor Lester Spence debate the merits of the New Republic’s recent controversial Cornel West story and whether or not it distracts from the broader ‘black lives matter’ movement. watch

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