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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Carmen Fariña is coming out of retirement to be the next schools chancellor of New York City. WNYC’s Beth Fertig talks about Fariña’s career in public schools, and takes calls from parents and teachers on their experiences with her in schools. Plus: the state of the drug war in Honduras and elsewhere in the hemisphere; Cristian Salazar of Gotham Gazette explains how to apply to service on your community board – and what community boards do; an inside look at training for serving the rich; and your tips for getting around on New Years Eve.

The Next DOE

Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org, talks about the appointment of Carmen Fariña as De Blasio's schools chancellor, and takes calls from parents and teachers.

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The Long Drug War

Mattathias Schwartz, contributor for The New Yorker, looks at a US DEA-assisted raid in Honduras that went fatally wrong, and what it says about the ongoing war on drugs throughout the hemisphere.

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Why You Should Join Your Community Board

Applications to join your local Community Board are due in early February. Cristian Salazar, editor of Gotham Gazette, joined by Robert Perris, district manager for Brooklyn's Community Board 2, and Bettie Kollock-Wallace, president of Brooklyn's Community Board 16, who explain the role the boards play and the process for participating.

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Open Phones: Is 2014 The Year You’ll Leave NYC?

Is it the year you’re deciding to stay? Call in to 212-433-9692 and talk about the moves you’re deciding to make or not make this year.

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Mastering the Art of Serving the Rich

In the latest Harper's Magazine, John Davidson, author of the upcoming novel The Obedient Assassin (Delphinium, 2014), wrote about taking an 8-week course to learn estate management and how to enter service for the very wealthy. He explains what he learned about the profession and how it compares to popular depictions from another time, like Downton Abbey.

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Your New Year's Eve Transportation Hacks

Uber's New Year's "surge pricing", taxi scarcity and the subway that never comes. We've got your transportation hacks for the big night. (Staying home is a great one.)

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