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'MHP' Syllabus: 12.19.15

Saturday in #nerdland: what it means to be wartime President, the mistrial in the Freddie Gray case, and the prospect for change in Baltimore’s voter turnout.
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

This Saturday in #nerdland:  The war on terror and what it means to be wartime President, the mistrial in the Freddie Gray case, and the prospect for change in Baltimore’s voter turnout.

This week, our special guest host, Joy Reid, will be filling in for Melissa Harris-Perry in Nerdland.

We’ll start by looking at the new showdown between Bernie Sanders and the Democratic National Committee just ahead of the last Democratic presidential debate of the year.

We’ll also have a roundtable discussion about the anti-terror strategies mentioned by GOP presidential candidates in Tuesday’s debate. How effective are these strategies? How are these proposals different from what President Obama is currently doing?  

As ISIS continues to dominate the discussion on the political landscape, it is also surging on the internet. Previous terror threats have never been as organized online as ISIS which leads us to a series of new questions. How do we counter online ISIS propaganda? As tech companies look to protect the privacy of their clients, how does the government team up with these companies to address this problem?

Then we’ll discuss the latest in the Freddie Gray case. How will the mistrial in the case of one of the officers affect the cases of the other five officers? Joy will talk to our panel about that and other issues facing Baltimore including the role its civil courts are playing in the city’s housing crisis.

Then we’ll tell the story of one woman who is seeking to change voter turnout in Baltimore with a very unique approach.

Joining our Saturday morning conversation will be:

  • Malcolm Nance, Executive Director, Terror Asymmetrics Project 
  • Hillary Mann Leverett, Fmr. State Department and White House Middle East Expert
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor & Publisher, The Nation Magazine
  • Molly O'Toole, Politics Reporter, Defense One
  • Nancy Kaffer, Political Columnist, Detroit Free Press, Member of the editorial board, Detroit Free Press (REMOTE)
  • William H. "Billy" Murphy, Jr. , Gray Family Attorney, Criminal Defense attorney
  • Dayvon Love, Co Founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), Member of Baltimore United Coalition
  • Seema Iyer, Host of "The Docket" on Shift/MSNBCMSNBC Contributor, Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Marc Steiner, Host, The Marc Steiner Show
  • Zoe Salzman, Attorney for TamirRice’s family
  • Nykidra Robinson, CEO and Founder of Black Girls Vote, Inc. (REMOTE)

To prep for our discussions, feel free to check out:

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.