Schools Chancellor Pick; Newest New Yorkers; 2013 Best Cell Phone Photos; National and Local Year-End News

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Monday, December 30, 2013

On the day when Mayor Bloomberg signs his last bills into law, Bill de Blasio is expected to announce Carmen Fariña as his schools chancellor pick. WNYC's Brigid Bergin discusses the latest local news. Plus Fatima Shama, commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Joseph Salvo, director of the population division at the New York City Planning Department, discuss the newest New Yorkers and other immigration trends; Ben Smith of Buzzfeed assesses the 2013 Year in Obama; and Olivier Laurent, associate editor at British Journal of Photography and editor at FLTR, talks about his favorite of your best cell phone photos of 2013. 

Monday Morning Politics: The Year in Obama

At his final press conference of 2013, the first question asked of President Obama was "Was this the worst year of your presidency?" Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, assesses whether it's possible to judge that question, looks back at the year in Obama, what to expect from 2014.

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Local Politics Round Up: A DOE Pick; Bloomberg Says Goodbye

On the day when Mike Bloomberg signs his last bills into law, new Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to name DOE veteran Carmen Fariña as next schools chancellor. Brigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter, discusses the latest in local politics news.

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New New Yorkers

Joseph Salvo, director of the population division at the New York City Planning Department and Fatima Shama, Immigration Commissioner, talk about the latest demographic information on shifting immigration trends in NYC.

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Terror in Russia

Two bombs have exploded in Russia as the country gears up to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Nina Khrushcheva, a professor in the International Affairs Program at the New School and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, discusses what this means for security in Sochi and Putin's legacy.

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Open Phones: “Homeswitching”

Were you just with family over the holidays? Are you with them now?  Call in or tweet with hashtag #homeswitch to talk about how you change when you’re with your family. 212-433-9692...

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The Ten Best Photos of 2013 (From Your Cell Phone)

We asked you to submit the best photo of 2013 -- that's sitting on your cell phone. Over 500 of you did, and now the British Journal of Photography has selected their ten favorites. See the slideshow now.

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