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The Brian Lehrer Show

BL Weekend: Racism in Frats, the Truth & a Lie and Carmelo the Science Fellow

Friday, March 13, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Racism in Frats (First) | The Truth and a Lie (Starts at 23:30) | Carmelo the Science Fellow (Starts at 37:24)
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tell It True, But Tell It Slant: Stories and Lies

Friday, March 13, 2015

More on lying: WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady explains how to lie convincingly when telling a good story. Plus: we continue our conversation from earlier in the week on children and lying.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Truth and Nothing But Lies

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We're playing a game with The Liar Show, where only one panelist's story is true...and telling the truth from the lies is the challenge. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

For Love to Last, Lying Is a Must

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Philosophy professor Clancy Martin looks at what philosophers tell us about the links between love and lying.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Apple's New Watch; ISIS Fragments; Dishonesty and Deception

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Apple launches its new watch; ISIS fragments; the new documentary "Merchants of Doubt;" the links between lasting love and lies; and your calls on whether you've ever lied to yourself. 

LIES

Please, For the Love of God, Steal Mike Doughty's Music

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It isn't real love, says the singer-songwriter, if there’s not some level of abuse. Hear the full story, plus a preview of his latest album—it's in French—in this special live episode.

Death, Sex & Money

My Father's Secret Life

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Whitney Joiner's father told her he was HIV-positive in 1992. When she asked if he was gay, he said no. Now, she's looking for answers about the father she never knew.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

AmeriCanada!; Pregnancy Myths; Evolutionary Medicine

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Journalist Diane Francis has a modest proposal: the U.S. and Canada should merge. She talks about what both countries could bring to the partnership. Plus: neuroscientist Sam Harris on lying; economist Emily Oster debunks pregnancy myths about what’s dangerous for a woman who is expecting; and a deep look at “mismatch diseases”; how to be a friend to a friend who is sick; and an urban monk talks about spirituality in the city.

On The Media

The Internet Is Monetizing Lies and I Am Mostly Out of Outrage

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

So that Diane story, about a guy proudly live tweeting his bullying of an upset airline passenger, has turned out to be a fraud. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sam Harris: Lying is the "Sin That Paves the Way to Every Other Sin"

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This segment originally aired on November 27, 2013. An edited version (which does not include any references to Santa whatsoever) was aired on December 26 as part of a best-of show. The audio of the original version (spoiler alert: Santa) is posted here.

"Christmas can be fun without lying to your kids about Santa," says Sam Harris, neuroscientist and now author of Lying (Four Elephants Press, 2013). He discusses his new essay on lying and why he thinks lies of all kinds can corrode society. Even in the case of a terminally ill family member, "if you give a truly open-ended and hopeful diagnosis, you don't allow [your loved one] to do all the things they'd probably want to do if they knew they only had six months to live. You need to say what's true and useful." At the end of the interview, he tells the story of admitting that he'd used drugs to a customs agent.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: All Tangled Up

Friday, November 15, 2013

Guest host Wyatt Cenac presents tangled tales by T.C. Boyle, Thomas Meehan, and Jane Austen--in twenty tweets.  Really.

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The Takeaway

Fact or Fiction? Analyzing the Shutdown Rhetoric

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

If we've gleaned anything from the government shutdown, it's that the battle lines are drawn. In many instances, both supporters and opponents of Obamacare have come out with dramatic assessments of what exactly the Affordable Care Act will do, making it difficult to parse fact from fiction. Joining us to dig through some of the rhetoric is Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of PolitiFact and our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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Radiolab

Stashed Away Secrets

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Tim Kreider shares a deeply personal story about a friend whose life was full of fuzzy facts. Tim's friend Skelly was a private guy, and his friends didn't push him on the details of his personal life -- even when they discovered the little lies he told to impress them. ...

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Radiolab

Secret Skelly

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tim Kreider shares a deeply personal story about a friend whose life was full of fuzzy facts. Tim's friend Skelly was a private guy, and his friends didn't push him on the details of his personal life -- even when they discovered the little lies he told to impress them. ...

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The Takeaway

Are We All Liars and Cheaters?

Monday, June 11, 2012

When we think about who liars and cheaters are in our society, we might think of politicians, bankers or lawyers. But if you really look at your own behavior, you are probably not too far behind.

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Strangers

John Corcoran, Part 2: The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

John Corcoran spent 17 years as a high school teacher without knowing how to read or write. This is Part 2 of the story of how he pulled it off and where it all led in the end.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court to Rule on Lying

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Xavier Alvarez has lied about playing for the Detroit Red Wings, being secretly married to a Mexican actress, getting wounded multiple times during combat as a Marine, and receiving the Medal of Honor. For many, this list of tall tales may seem laughable. However, under the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, his lies about his military record could land him in jail for a year. On Wednesday the Supreme Court is set to hear his case and determine whether or not Americans should be imprisoned for things they say rather than actions they commit.

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Strangers

John Corcoran, Part 1: The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

Friday, February 10, 2012

John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without knowing how to read or write. This is Part 1 of the story about how he pulled that off.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Flexuous Brainsicle Edition

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Listen to Slate's show about House of Lies, the dangers of Yoga, and the closing of Filene’s Basement.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: The World of Etgar Keret

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program devoted to the darkly humorous Israeli writer Etgar Keret, whose playful but subversive stories, in which harsh reality often topples into fantasy, have earned him an international following.  His story collections include The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, The Girl on the Fridge, and The Nimrod Flipout.

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