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Thu, Jan 5, 2012 2:10 PM EST

Melissa Harris-Perry, who's a professor of political science at Tulane University and a frequent MSNBC contributor, is getting her own show on MSNBC. The new program, set to air Saturdays and Sundays 10a-noon ET, will debut on February 4th.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity," said Harris-Perry in a press release. "All I've ever wanted to be is a teacher. I'm particularly excited to join the growing weekend lineup where we have a chance to take a longer and broader view of the week's political news."

Harris-Perry has previously served as an occasional host of "The Rachel Maddow Show", and in November Colorlines.com's publisher Rinku Sen was her guest. You can watch the clip below. 

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