The Surprisingly Unromantic History Of Marriage
Valentine's Day is around the corner, which means it’s the season for chocolates and cheesy Hallmark cards.
Love is what most people are looking for in a spouse or life partner. But this hour, we take a look at marriage, an institution that for much of history had very little to do with love at all.
We also talk about the right to end a marriage by divorce. And we want to hear from you, too.
- Stephanie Coontz - Author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage, and Director of Research and Public Education for the non profit group, Council on Contemporary Families; she also teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington (@StephanieCoontz)
- Meghan Freed - Managing attorney at Freed Marcroft, a Connecticut divorce and family law firm (@MeghanFreed)
Chion Wolf and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.