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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Members' seats in the U.S. House of Representatives (Getty)

Our series of interviews with the area's newest representatives continues with Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. He discusses his committee assignments, and his "no" vote on the three-month debt ceiling extension that passed the House yesterday. Plus: NPR's Andy Carvin on live-tweeting breaking news; Paul Barrett continues our month-long series on Guns in America; and why more area Catholic schools are closing.

New to Congress: Hakeem Jeffries

Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (D-NY8) from Brooklyn, talks about his new role in Congress and his legislative priorities.

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Catholic School Closings

Lisa Fleisher, reporter for the Wall Street Journal Greater New York, talks about the Archdiocese’s plans to close another 24 schools at the end of this term.

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Guns in America: And Around the World

Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and author of Glock:The Rise of America's Gun, looks at gun laws in other countries.

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Women in Combat

Anna Mulrine, staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor, explains the Pentagon's decision to open up combat roles to women in the military.

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Andy Carvin on Tweeting Breaking News

NPR's Andy Carvin, author of Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution, talks with Brian Lehrer about the role of Twitter in reporting and his experience using social media to follow developments during the Arab Spring.

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Open Phones: To Be Or Not To Be A Lawyer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor offered advice to people considering becoming a lawyer. If you're considering going to law school, call us. The phone lines are open for you at 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692 -- or you can leave a comment below.

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