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Friday, July 18, 2014

New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio (L), announces Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor during a press conference on December 4, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

All this week, we spoke with advocates for some of the New York City's most important issues to assess how Mayor de Blasio has done in his first six months in office. Today, First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris — who, by executive order, is officially in charge of the city until Mayor de Blasio returns from his 10-day vacation in Italy — offers his response to the advocates. Plus: What the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 means for geopolitics; your thoughts on the LIRR after a deal to avoid a strike; the rise of intergenerational households in America; and spilling your guts about a book that's impacted you.

How Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Changes the Game in Russia

The Russian government is denying any involvement in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, shot down over Eastern Ukraine yesterday. US officials have stopped short of implicating Russia, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says these events "put [Vladimir] Putin on notice that he has gone too far and we are not going to stand idly by." Julia Ioffe, Senior Editor at The New Republic and Russian-American journalist, discusses the latest and explains the geopolitical implications of the attack.

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De Blasio at Six Months: The Administration's Take

All this week on the Brian Lehrer Show we're checking in on the de Blasio administration's progress on a variety of key issues, six months into his first term. We'll talk to advocacy groups about how the mayor has lived up to his campaign promises on the environment, crime, housing, and more. Friday, we'll hear from Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris.

As we wrap up our six-month check-in with advocates about the de Blasio administration's first six months, Anthony Shorris, NYC's first deputy mayor, talks about what the administration sees as their biggest accomplishments.

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Alec Baldwin Remembers His 'Mom,' Elaine Stritch

The Broadway legend, who died Thursday at the age of 89, played Baldwin's mother on TV's "30 Rock." Baldwin shares his memories of Stritch and plays some of his favorite clips from their extended conversation on his WNYC program Here's The Thing.

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Your Intergenerational Household

A new Pew study shows there are more intergenerational households in America than ever before, with almost 25% of Americans between the ages of 25 to 34 sharing a home with older family members. What does this say about Americans' famously autonomous lifestyles? Call in and tell us about your intergenerational living arrangement – the number is 212-433-9692. Is your arrangement driven by economic convenience or by a desire to regain something lost in the time of the nuclear family?

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Our Love/Hate Relationship with the LIRR

Has the aversion of an LIRR worker strike gotten you thinking differently about your train line? Nina Ruggieroam New York reporter, joins to discuss, and Long Island listeners call in with their reasons to both love and hate the Long Island Railroad.

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Call Me Ishmael (And Talk About a Book You Love)

Logan Smalley, creator of Call Me Ishmael, set up a voicemail box and asked callers to leave a message about a book that changed their life. In return he got a flood of messages, anonymous and deeply personal, about the powerful experience of reading. He talks about the inspiration for the project, and we take calls with stories about books that have influenced you.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Alec Baldwin Remembers Elaine Stritch, Are Drones Legal in New York City?, and Remembering the Harlem Riots of 1964.


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