'MHP' Syllabus: 5.17.15

Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

This Sunday on MHP, a major strike against ISIS.  On Saturday, U.S. Special Operations forces killed ISIS senior leader Abu Sayyaf along with a dozen other militants in a ground operation. Sayyaf helped manage ISIS’s financial operations, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter called the killing a “significant blow” to the group. Abu Sayyaf’s wife, Umm Sayyaf, was captured and remains in military custody. Melissa Harris-Perry will have the latest as the story develops.

Then, the trade deal that is driving a wedge between President Obama and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has been in the works for 10 years, would set new standards and regulations for trade between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. While the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says the deal would “set high-standard rules for trade, and address vital 21st-century issues within the global economy,” progressive opponents such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren argue that it would make it easier for corporations to send jobs overseas. In a rare break between President Obama and his party, Senate Democrats initially voted against debating a measure that would allow the president to fast-track the deal, then reversed the decision two days later.

And, we look at whether the deal could inadvertently lead to a public health crisis abroad. Medical advocacy groups claim the deal could strengthen and broaden patent laws, which could potentially hinder the development and distribution of generic drugs. This would be a problem for international public health groups, like Doctors Without Borders, that rely on significantly cheaper generic drugs to help populations in poor countries.

We are bringing in the experts to break down this massive trade deal. Joining Melissa Harris-Perry are:

  • Zephyr Teachout, Fordham Law Professor and Fmr. candidate for NY Governor
  • Gordon Chang, Columnist at Forbes.com
  • Dorian Warren, Host of “Nerding Out” on MSNBC/SHIFT
  • Amb. David Adelman, Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Singapore

Then, a little bit of music history. A  new study shows that hip hop’s influence has now eclipsed that of rock n’ roll in current pop music. But the study presents it less as a rock versus hip hop dynamic, and more as a 50-year musical evolution featuring three distinct revolutions: the British rock invasion of the early 1960s, the emergence of new wave in 1983, and the rise of hip hop in 1991. Each embodied youthful rebellion, before morphing from counter-culture to pop culture. We take a look at how rock and hip hop and their fans have changed over the decades.

Joining the music panel are:

  • Jessica Disu, aka FM Supreme, Humanitarian Rap Artist
  • Alan Light, Contributor to The New York Times and Rolling Stone, Fmr. Editor-in-Chief of Vibe Magazine and Spin Magazine
  • Elysa Gardner, Music Critic and Reporter for USA Today
  • Christopher John Farley, Sr. Editorial Director of Features at The Wall Street Journal

Plus, President Obama’s Chicago library, Philadelphia’s mayoral elections, Brazil’s dilapidated stadiums and the latest on the Amtrak crash.

Tune in to 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.