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How to be wrong

Photo of a computer keyboard where the back or delete button says 'Oops' on the top of it.
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We all strive to be right about things — we do our research, we listen to people who seem smarter than us, we make compelling arguments over dinner tables. But is there an underappreciated art to being wrong?

This hour, lessons on changing your mind and admitting mistakes, from newspaper corrections to public intellectual pivots.


  • Eranda Jayawickreme: Professor of psychology at Wake Forest University
  • Ty Seidule: Visiting professor of history at Hamilton College and the author of Robert E. Lee and Me; he’s a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army and the former vice chair of the Department of Defense’s Naming Commission
  • Isaac Saul: Founder of the newsletter Tangle

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Colin McEnroe and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show.

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Carolyn McCusker helps produce The Colin McEnroe Show. She loves making true radio stories and listening to fake ones. In the past, she’s worked for NPR and WNYC, and she’s glad to be back at CT Public after interning in 2019. Carolyn can be reached at cmccusker@ctpublic.org.