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'MHP' Syllabus: 3.15.15

This Sunday in #nerdland: Wisconsin, wages, and way too much information.
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

This Sunday in #nerdland: Wisconsin, wages, and way too much information.

First, the community response in Madison, Wisconsin since the death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed 19-year-old youth, who was shot and killed by a police officer a week ago. Also in Wisconsin reaction to Governor Scott Walker, the not yet declared Republican Presidential candidate and the priorities he wants to bring to the nation. Guests include:

  • Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now
  • Heather McGhee, president of Demos
  • John Simons, business editor at International Business Times
  • Carrie Sheffield, fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Kaylahn Jones, president of the Black Student Union at La Follette High School
  • Chief Michael Koval, Chief of Police in Madison, WI


Then, that’s way too much information! Did you know that the average adult is plugged in for more than 11 hours a day? Or that the typical social media user digests 285 pieces of content each day? Or that the average smartphone owner reaches for that device 150 times a day? Is access to this plethora of information helping or harming us? Our panel of experts will answer these questions and more! Heather McGhee and John Simons will be joined by:

  • Maggie Jackson, author of “Distracted”
  • Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's "New Tech City" podcast
  • Tovah Klein, director of Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of “How Toddlers Thrive”

Check out these reads on the pervasiveness of technology in our lives:

All that, plus, the fight over Seattle’s new minimum wage and “Trans America,” a series on the state of life for the transgender community in America.

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10am ET on msnbc. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.