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'MHP' Syllabus: 1.11.15

"Selma" director and Golden Globes nominee Ava DuVernay joins us in #nerdland. Also, coverage of today's Unity Rally in Paris. Tune in at 10am ET on msnbc.

But first, we’ll bring you the latest on the attacks in Paris and Sunday’s unity rally, plus a thought-provoking conversation about satire. Our panelists will discuss what it means to protect all free speech—even when that speech offends.

And, terror in Colorado? Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the national NAACP, will speak with host Melissa Harris-Perry about the bombing outside the Colorado Springs NAACP office. The explosion is now the subject of an FBI investigation.

Then, when the police slow it all down. We’ll bring you the latest on the NYPD work slowdown. New York Times reporter J. David Goodman, will provide us with the “who, what, and why” of the slowdown of the nation’s largest police force. New York City’s youngest councilmember and Deputy Leader of the City Council Ritchie Torres, The Nation’s Mychal Denzel Smith,  and Lizz Winstead, comedian and author of "Lizz Free Or Die: Essays," will join Melissa for this discussion.

Our second hour will bring Harris-Perry’s interview with Golden Globes nominee Ava DuVernay, director of the new hit film “Selma.” Our host and DeVernay will discuss a wide-range of topics including:

We’ll bring in guests for additional commentary, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who was depicted as a young SNCC activist in "Selma."

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10am ET on msnbc. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.