During the first hour of Sunday’s Melissa Harris-Perry, we will go around the world in 60 minutes, beginning in South America.
Protests have continued in Brazil as the country prepares to host both the 2014 World Cup next month and the 2016 Summer Olympics, drawing attention to the substantial public funds being spent on the events, and to allegations that Brazilian police are violently clearing out favelas by the stadiums. New School professor Sean Jacobs and Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation, will join host Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the latest.
The #nerdland trip around the globe will stop in the Middle East, where Pope Francis is currently in the middle of a historic trip he describes as a religious pilgrimage – one coming at a tense political moment in the region. And we will get the latest from Kiev, Ukraine, where voters tomorrow go to the polls to elect their next president.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced an indictment last Monday against five officers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, alleging cybersecurity breaches. Forbes.com columnist Gordon Chang will join the table to discuss what the Attorney General is calling “economic espionage.” Plus – the political coup this week in Thailand, and the aftermath of the world’s biggest election in India.
The forthcoming release of Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, is fanning the flames of speculation about a possible presidential run in 2016. Clinton is the most talked-about potential Democratic nominee for the presidency. But those early signs do not make her the inevitable Democratic candidate – as evidenced by her defeat on Election Night 2008, after being considered the top contender in 2006.
Harris-Perry and her panel will discuss the politics of politicking two years out from an election. Plus, #nerdland will try to solve the following mystery: if only 22% of voters believe most members of Congress deserve reelection, how can more than double that number – 50% - believe their own Congressional representative deserves to keep her or his seat?
And just in time for Memorial Day, Melissa will share her 2014 Summer Reading List, a #nerdland annual tradition.