What do zombies and the debt ceiling have in common? On Saturday, host Melissa Harris-Perry will bring you the latest on the debt ceiling, the shutdown and what’s happening as the Supreme Court goes back to work.
The scariest thing about zombies isn’t the fact that they are the walking dead. Nope, it’s that there is no clear way to destroy them.
No matter how much you fight, they keep coming back! Anyone who has seen a zombie movie or AMC’s knows that even when you kill a zombie, there are just more zombies to come. Much like–you guessed it–the fight over the debt ceiling. As the government heads into the 12th day of the shutdown, the debt ceiling has become Congress’s new focus. If you’re thinking, “haven’t we already done this?”–you’d be correct. Between 1917 (the year the debt ceiling was created) and now, the debt ceiling has been raised 103 times, the most recent of which occurred in 2011. On Saturday’s Melissa Harris-Perry, our host and panel will discuss the “Dawn of the Debt,” how we got here and how we are going to escape the looming zombie apocalypse.
As the government shutdown nears the two week mark, those who depend on federal support are feeling the pinch. In the case of House Speaker John Boehner, he need not look farther than his own state of Ohio to see the effects. More than 2.3 million people on the Ohio Association of Food Banks which is funded in part with federal money. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is also taking a hit just as an anti-biotic resistant strain of Salmonella is infecting chicken sold across the country. Host Melissa Harris-Perry gets into the real world impact the shutdown is having on the American people.
The government might be shut down, but the Supreme Court is open for business! – for now at least. On the docket this term are cases about campaign finance reform, affirmative action, and freedom speech in connection with reproductive rights. In November, the court will hear a case regarding the separation of church and state. Join us Saturday as Melissa brings together an amazing table of constitutional law scholars to explain what is in store.
Nerdland will also be joined by Academy Award winning Roger Ross Williams, the director and producer of the documentary God Loves Uganda. Williams will be on set to discuss his work that exposes the homophobic rhetoric being taught and spread in Uganda by American Evangelical missionaries.