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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

On today’s show: Dan Ariely tells why some things are easier to lie about than others, and what determines whether we’ll behave ethically – or not! Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer on his humorous rewrite of the U.S. Constitution. Richard Ford discusses his latest novel, Canada. And Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains the social and economic costs of the top 1 percent of Americans controlling 40 percent of the nation’s wealth, and what our growing income inequality means for the future.

Dan Ariely tells the Truth about Dishonesty

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and he argues that irrational forces often determine whether we behave ethically or not. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves Ariely shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior, both intentionally and unintentionally.

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Richard Ford's Canada

Richard Ford discusses his latest novel, Canada.  It’s about what happens to a teenage boy after his parents are arrested for robbing a bank and he moves across the border to Canada.

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Joseph Stiglitz Explains the Price of Inequality

The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the factors that have made America the most unequal advanced industrial country and argues that our inequality cripples growth, tramples on the rule of law, and undermines democracy. In The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future Stiglitz examines our current state and its implications for democracy, monetary and budgetary policy, and globalization, and he includes a plan for a more fair and prosperous future for everyone.

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Kevin Bleyer Rewrites the Constitution

Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer talks about rewriting the United States Constitution to improve upon the one we have, which has triggered more than two centuries of arguments about what it actually says. In Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America he argues that while we think of the Constitution as a well-designed blueprint that laid the foundation for the strongest republic ever created, it’s actually more of a haphazard series of blunders shaped by petty debates, drunken ramblings, and desperate compromise.

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Tributes: Ray Bradbury

Few people deserve being called “iconic” as much as science fiction writer Ray Bradbury – who gave us such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Dandelion Wine – among no less than 500 published works. And since he just died at the age of 91, you might want to hear his July 1990 interview with Leonard Lopate. 

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