Family Meeting: Navigating Mixed Families

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The de Blasio family after Bill, Chirlane and Chiara cast ballots at the Park Slope Library. (Yasmeen Khan)

Today the Brian Lehrer Show devotes the entire program to a new format -- a two hour "family meeting" with different guests, lots of calls and various takes on a single topic. Today: Navigating "mixed" families. From race to income to religion and more, we discuss the challenges and advantages of having a diverse family.

How to Talk about Your Mixed Race Family

"My son's not half, he's double."

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Mixed Faith Families

Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of 'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America (Oxford University Press, 2013) talks about her own interfaith family and her research on the rise in mixed faith families in America--and takes your calls about your interfaith partnership.

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Open Phones: Your Mixed Politics Families

We're taking calls from people in mixed politics families--and how you manage to get along. Are you a Republican married to a Democrat, or vice-versa? Are your parents conservative, while you're more progressive? How do you negotiate the political differences in your family? Tell us about an issue or an ideology that divides you -- and how you manage to overcome it (if you do).


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Mixed Income Families

Janna Malamud Smith, psychotherapist and author of An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery (Counterpoint, 2012), discusses the increasingly thorny issue of income inequality within families.

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Open Phones: Mixed Bag on Mixed Families

We end today’s conversation on mixed families with a mixed bag of topics we didn't get to. The phones are now open for you to talk about how you navigate diversity within your family of any kind. Mixed diets, mixed geography, mixed immigration status, mixed sports fandom... anything we missed. Tell your story of your mixed family -- call 212-433-9692 or post below...

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The Year’s Best Cell Phone Photo

It could be yours. Send us the most amazing picture you took on your phone in 2013 and we might put you on the air.

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