Sunday on MNN: Issues at Home and Abroad

We’re already halfway through April and the month just keeps flying by! Slow down this Sunday, with a night of thought-provoking programming on MNN that looks at some hard-hitting issues.

First, tune into “The Radical Imagination” to learn about the SYRIZA party of Greece and what they’re doing in an effort to rebuild the nation’s economy. Then, watch “Both Sides of the Bars,” for a discussion on solitary confinement and its excessive use in prisons across the country.

Check out the details below!

8:00 pm - The Radical Imagination: SYRIZA’s Future - Challenges and Prospects beyond Leftist Rhetoric

In the late 1980’s, SYRIZA party, or the Coalition of Radical Left, in Greece went through an identity crisis and struggled to stay afloat. Since then, they’ve been working hard to redefine the party and to gain power in Greek national government. Their hope is to solve the major debt problem in Greece and rebuild the country economically and socially.

This Sunday on “The Radical Imagination,” co-hosts Michael Pelias, a philosophy professor at LIU Brooklyn; and Peter Bratsis, a professor in the social sciences department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, sit down with founding party member, Michalis Spourdalakis to discuss the future of SYRIZA and the challenges the party faces.

Michalis Spourdalakis, political science and public administration professor and dean of the School of Politics and Economics at the University of Athens.

Firehouse TV’s “The Radical Imagination” airs every Sunday at 8:00 pm on MNN1 (TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33 or streaming live) and MNN’s new HD Community Channel (TWC or streaming live). Catch the repeat every Thursday at 8:00 pm on MNN4 (FiOS 36, RCN 85, TWC 67 & 1998 or streaming live) and MNN’s new HD Community Channel (TWC 1993 or streaming live).

9:30 pm - Both Sides of the Bars: Exploring the Excessive Use of Solitary Confinement

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are currently over 80,000 men and women in solitary confinement across the United States, most of whom are imprisoned for nonviolent crimes. This extreme form of punishment not only physically isolates an inmate, but can cause severe psychological damages.

This Sunday on “Both Sides of the Bars,” host Ronald Day of the Fortune Society sits down with guests, Tyrell Muhammad and Victor Pate, to discuss the excessive use of solitary confinement and their efforts to change the guidelines for its use as punishment in New York State prisons.

Tyrell Muhammad is a formerly incarcerated person who now works for the Correctional Association’s Prison Visiting Project and Victor Pate is the chairman of the Second Chance Program at National Action Network’s New York City chapter.

Tune in on Sunday, April 17 at 9:30 pm on MNN1 (TWC 34 & 1995, RCN 82, FiOS 33 or streaming live) and MNN's new HD Community Channel (TWC 1993 or streaming live).