Best Practices: Citi Bike, Teaching, Office AC, and Queens Tech Jobs

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Monday, August 04, 2014

A woman checks a bike out from a Citi Bikes station in lower Manhattan.  A woman checks a bike out from a Citi Bikes station in lower Manhattan. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Citi Bike hopes to expand its reach and shore up its finances. WNYC Transportation Reporter Kate Hinds talks about the bike-share program’s plan to achieve both of those goals. Plus: a review of the latest news on the upcoming midterm elections; the best ways to teach teachers how to teach; an explanation of why the AC makes your office feel aggressively cold, even on hot summer days; and Jukay Hsu, founder of the Coalition for Queens, discusses his plan for the borough to become a hub for tech jobs.

"When We Don't Act, We Act." How Congress Is Spinning The Gridlock

As Congress begins its five-week recess, Dave Weigel, Slate political reporter and host of the WeigelCast podcast, discusses the back-and-forth over immigration funding bills on last Friday afternoon, and how representatives are framing DC's historic level of inaction heading into the fall midterms. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama has said that "when we don't act, we's a decision, as sure as if we'd passed a law."

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Saving Citi Bike

Final talks are underway on a deal to expand NYC's bikeshare program, Citi Bike, to new neighborhoods and to a new, higher membership fee. Kate Hinds, WNYC transportation reporter, shares the details.

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The Science and Craft of Teaching

With lawsuits trying to make it easier to rid the system of ineffective teachers, more attention is going to how to teach teaching.Elizabeth Green, co-founder of Gotham Schools (now Chalkbeat) and the author of Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014), explores "best practices" for training educators.

EVENT: Elizabeth Green reads tonight at Book Court, 163 Court St, in Brooklyn at 7pm.

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Met Opera Drama

Jennifer Maloney, arts reporter for the Greater New York section of The Wall Street Journal, explains the labor dispute threatening to disrupt the Met's next season.  The threatened lockout was pushed back a week as an independent analyst looks at the financial data.

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Is It Just Me or Is It Freezing in Here?

Why is your office is so cold in the summer? We explain, and tell you what you can do about it.

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Silicon Queens

The Coalition for Queens aims to turn the borough into a hub for high-tech (and high-paying) jobs. Founder Jukay Hsu explains what the Coalition is doing to achieve that goal.

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