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'MHP' Syllabus: 4.19.15

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10am ET on msnbc.
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

This week, Robert Bates, the reserve deputy who shot and killed Eric Harris, spoke with NBC’s Matt Lauer to apologize for killing Mr. Harris and share his side of the story. Following the interview, the family of Eric Harris responded by saying, “We appreciate Bob Bates' apology for shooting and killing Eric. Unfortunately, Mr. Bates' apology will not bring Eric back” and also added "We remain vigilant in seeking the truth and in our pursuit of justice." One thing that might help them in such pursuit is the existence of the video. Our guests will share their reactions to the Bates interview and discuss the importance of video in this and other recent cases. Panelists include:

• Matt Welch, Editor-in-Chief at Reason Magazine, Co-Author of Declaration of Independents,
• Cristina Beltran, associate professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University
• Keith Sainten, former police academy instructor and retired NYPD Detective
• Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the  Advancement Project

Then, what happens if there is no video? Such is the case of Robbie Tolan in Bellaire, Texas. But unlike Eric Harris, Walter Scott, and Tamir Rice, Tolan survived. Robbie and his mother Marian Tolan join us to tell the story about their fight for justice that began in 2008 with an officer typing in the wrong license plate number and ended with Robbie being shot.

And, should we rethink how we as a society handle social issues?  Should the police be tasked with arresting debtors, calming the mentally ill and reducing drug use? Our panelists will discuss these questions and more. Be sure to read Ta-NehisiCoates’s “The Myth of Police Reform” for additional insight on this topic.

Then, it’s been more than 160 days since Loretta Lynch was nominated to become the nation's next Attorney General -- and still no vote. #setthedate. Panelists will discuss the race-gender gap and how delaying Loretta Lynch’s confirmation might galvanize an important voting base and give Democrats an edgein 2016.

All that, plus, the Ready For Warren & Draft Biden movements; a preview of “Just Eat It”—a documentary on food waste; FaraiChideya’s experience as Amtrak writer in residence; and a one-on-one with poet Elizabeth Alexander.

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.