The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., 6/7/12
The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
We’re talking about what makes us lie, and what keeps us honest. We’ve seen a Yahoo executive forced to resign for padding his resume. Closer to home, a New Hampshire legislator has stepped step down for fudging his way into a law degree. But, it’s not just politicians and high rolling CEOs who spin the truth. We’re all guilty- from cheating on diets, to cheating on the ones we love.

In his new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, behavioral economist Dan Ariely looks at our capacity for both honesty and dishonesty. He finds that dishonesty can be contagious. It can also be short-circuited. A minor white lie might not seem like a big deal, but Ariely says we need to discourage these daily dips into dishonesty. This bad behavior affects us all. And these seemingly small transgressions can pave the way to larger ones.

When is it ok to lie? Does our society reinforce lying? How do you feel when you lie? How do you feel when you are lied to? Leave a comment on our Facebook page, or Tweet us: @CallieCrossley

GUEST:
  Dan ArielyJames B. Duke professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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