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Friday, December 13, 2013

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg speaks at a benefit for Harlem Prep Charter School. (Chelsia Rose Marcius)

Incoming New York City councilman and former state assemblyman Rory Lancman says Mayor Bloomberg has run the city like a philanthropist. He explains. Plus: a conversation about what could curb mass shootings; tips for applying to college and using the Common Application; and how Instagram alters your memories.

What Do We Do About Syria?

Liz Sly, Washington Post Beirut bureau chief (covering the conflict in Syria), and Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, discuss the latest news from Syria, where rebel forces are fracturing and the US is cutting off aid.

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What Will Happen Without A Philanthropist-Mayor?

Rory Lancman, former Assembleyman and incoming City Councilman, discusses how Mike Bloomberg ran the city like a philanthropist, using private money to solve public problems, and what comes next.

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Talking About Not Talking About Mass Shootings

A year after the mass shooting in Newtown, executive editor of The New Atlantis, Ari Schulman, asks what we've learned from these types of crimes that could make them less frequent. In his piece, he considers whether it might help to "deprive the killer of an audience."

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The Volcker Rule and You

Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor at The Guardian, talks about the new financial regulation restricting how banks can trade securities and invest with their own funds.

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When Applying to College, Write About "What Makes You Tick"

Are you going to spend your New Year's filing college applications? Jacques Steinberg offers advice for high school seniors, and their families, on getting the applications in on time and showing your stuff. His main tip for writing an essay is to really talk about "what makes you tick."

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Instagram Changes Your Memory

Can you really be in the moment - and be instagramming it? Emily Badger discusses her Atlantic Cities piece on how constantly recording events can change our perception of them.

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