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School districts around the country are facing a shortage of teachers just as classes are about to begin. The changing economy, low pay and disputes about education reform are some of the reasons. What will it take to improve the prospects for a profession that’s vital to prosperity and democracy?

Also, hackers expose sensitive information about users of the infidelity website Ashley Madison. Plus, will offering amnesty to drug users who agree to treatment help curtail a heroin epidemic that’s spreading across the country?

Banner Image Credit: Terry McCombs

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Andrea Brody

Hackers Expose Data of Cheating Website Users 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Hackers have made good on a threat to post sensitive information about users of the website Ashley Madison—a social networking site for infidelity. Thirty-two million people could be affected.

Kim Zetter is senior writer for Wired and author of Countdown to Zero Day.

Guests:
Kim Zetter, Wired Magazine (@KimZetter)

Where Have All the Teachers Gone? 33 MIN, 55 SEC

As the new school year gets under way all over the country, the New York Times is reporting “a stark about-face from just a few years ago.” School districts that were handing out pink slips are now scrambling to hire teachers—and many are having trouble staffing their classrooms.

Explanations differ. There’s bad-mouthing and micro-management by school reformers. There’s low pay, job insecurity and… better options.

Guests:
Motoko Rich, New York Times (@motokorich)
Peter Greene, English teacher (@palan57)
Michael Petrilli, Thomas Fordham Foundation (@MichaelPetrilli)
Delaine Eastin, Educate Our State (@DelaineEastin)
Kevin Bastian, University of North Carolina (@UNCPublicPolicy)

Police Grant Amnesty to Heroin Addicts Seeking Help 9 MIN, 36 SEC

The so-called War on Drugs has turned into an endless struggle, crowding prisons with addicts who resume their habits when they’re back on the street. An epidemic of deaths from overdoses of heroin has led to a dramatic strategic change.

The Obama White House is spending $5 million to help fight abuse of heroin in a new and different way. Instead of a crime leading to arrest and punishment in prison, drug addiction is being dealt with as a public health issue. In two Massachusetts communities, police departments are offering amnesty… if addicts will agree to treatment.

Frederick Ryan is Chief of Police in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Guests:
Frederick Ryan, police chief

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