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Tuesday, May 24

In politics, why facts don’t always matter

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Hour 1

Guests: Angie Drobnic Holan, Peter Ditto, Jason Reifler

It would be nice to think that when people are given the facts, they’d believe them.  But, we’re not always so rational.  It’s really hard to change someone’s mind, particularly when it comes to their political views.  This hour, why we cling to the political misinformation, and even lies.  We start out looking at the role fact checking has in this election and if it’s made the candidates more honest and the electorate more informed with ANGIE DROBNIC HOLAN, editor of Politifact. Then Marty talks with PETER DITTO, professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and JASON REIFLER, associate professor of politics at the University of Exeter about why it’s so hard to correct our ideological beliefs.

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Modern Love with Daniel Jones

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Hour 2

Guest: Daniel Jones

It’s wedding season, which has many of us thinking about our own marriages or lack thereof.  Love and relationships remain as big a mystery as ever and continue to permeate much of our daily existence. DANIEL JONES, editor of The New York Times’ “Modern Love” series and author of Love Illuminated, has read thousands and thousands of essays written by regular people about the triumphs and travails of their love lives. He also highlights many of the reader submitted pieces on Modern Love: The Podcast from WBUR.  He’ll join us this hour to discuss the foundations of a healthy relationship and the things that can help us, or keep us, from forging these important bonds in our life.

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