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The Backstory of Advice

Chion Wolf
Elizabeth Archibald


What makes advice good or bad? When and why do we listen to what others have to say? It is human nature to turn to others for advice when the going gets tough; we seek the wisdom of loved ones, lawyers, doctors, therapists, and advice columnists. But even when presented with good advice, we don't always take it. This hour, we get down to business about advice.




  • Francesca Gino - Harvard professor and author of the book Sidetracked. She has conducted a large number of experiments that show people do not always take good advice
  • Emily Yoffe? - journalist and the advice columnist behind Slate Magazine's "Dear Prudence"
  • Elizabeth Archibald - professor at Johns Hopkins University and author of Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.


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