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The August 3 'MHP' Syllabus

NPR host Michel Martin joins us to discuss the end of "Tell Me More." Plus, subprime lending, language in the abortion debate, and more! 10am ET, msnbc.

Just as the economy looks to be doing well, the word that almost brought down the global financial system is suddenly back in the headlines: subprime. This time, it’s not the real estate sector that’s causing the problem, but rather the part of our economy that’s been putting people to work and helping to drive our recovery, cars. Host Melissa Harris-Perry will be joined by David Cay Johnston and Avik Roy to discuss how much risk this subprime lending practice brings.

On Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder continued his urgent appeal for sentencing reform in the U.S. criminal justice system. In a speech Friday at the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, Holder stressed the need for ensuring that punishments for crimes are based on “the actual crimes committed.”  What was he getting at? What else is used in determining prison sentences. #nerdland favorite and co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, Ari Melber, joins us to explain.

Then, join #nerdland Sunday as we talk with mother and author Tunette Powell who will discuss the role race played in her preschool-aged sons’ experience with suspension. According to a study by the Education Department Office for Civil Rights, African–American children represent 18% of preschool enrollment, but make up 48% of the preschool children with one or more out-of-school suspensions.

Then we’ll discuss the PBS documentary 15 To Life which focuses on the story an African-American male sentenced to life in prison for criminal charges he committed as a teen.  Filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza will join MHP as we discuss the routine punishment of sentencing children as adults in the American Judicial System.

Plus, NPR host Michel Martin joins us to discuss the end of her acclaimed radio series, "Tell Me More," and’s Irin Carmon is back for a closer look at how language affects the politics and policy of reproductive rights.

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday at 10am ET on msnbc! Also, don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.