One word was at the center of a political clash on the Democratic debate stage Thursday night: Progressivism. Both presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have touted their progressive resumes, but what exactly is progressivism? Melissa talks about the history of the movement and what it’s become today.
The Flint water crisis has become a national story which has attracted the attention of political figures like Hillary Clinton. She will be going to Flint, Michigan Sunday in response to an invitation from the mayor. But lead exposure isn’t just a problem for Flint. Several other cities have reported higher levels of lead exposure than Flint. Melissa and her panel will take a closer look at the appropriate policy response.
Also feminism and the 2016 race. We’ll take a closer look at a new survey from the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation that examines just how Americans think about feminism.
Recently, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus outbreak an international public health emergency. Many cases have been reported in South America and in some Latin American countries, women are being told to avoid getting pregnant. The crisis has sparked a growing debate about countries with restrictive laws around contraception and abortion.
Plus we’ll have a very special ending to our show. They’ve performed at the White House and now they’re coming to Nerdland. Sweet Honey in the Rock will be in our studio performing a single from their new cd #LoveInEvolution.
Joining our Saturday morning conversation will be:
- Julian Zelizer, Author, "The Fierce Urgency of Now”, Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University
- Jamira Burley, Co-Founder, GenYNot
- Nina Turner, Former Ohio State Senator (D-25)
- Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture, Author, "The Condemnation of Blackness"
- Melissa Mays, Flint resident who testified before congress
- Krissah Thompson, Feature Writer, The Washington Post
- Brittney Cooper, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
- Cristina Beltran, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU
- Susan Del Percio, Republican Strategist
- Dr. Alexander van Tulleken, Senior Fellow, IIHA Fordham University
- Louise Robinson, Sweet Honey in the Rock
- Carol Maillard, Sweet Honey in the Rock
- Nitanju Bolade Casel, Sweet Honey in the Rock
- Aisha Kahlil, Sweet Honey in the Rock
To prep for our discussions, feel free to check out:
- New Hampshire Democratic Debate: Clinton, Sanders Go Head-to-Head
- The Progressive Movement
- The first hearing on the Flint water crisis was heated and emotional. Here are 6 key moments.
- 18 cities in Pennsylvania reported higher levels of lead exposure than Flint
- What Americans think about feminism today
- Surge of Zika Virus Has Brazilians Re-examining Strict Abortion Laws
Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday at 10am ET on MSNBC. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.