Persisting taboos

    In these times of economic uncertainty and ecological disasters, Americans have proven again how resilient to bad news they can be. But when it comes to moral standards the tendency is to react strongly against extramarital affairs among people in power. All that plus the morality of smoking in this week’s What Are We Thinking with Frank Newport, editor in chief on the Gallup Poll and WHYY’s Dave Heller.

    Caption: Former U.S. Rep. Mark Souder
    In these times of economic uncertainty and ecological disasters, Americans have proven again how resilient to bad news they can be. But when it comes to moral standards the tendency is to react strongly against extramarital affairs among people in power. Other moral non-nos include polygamy and cloning of animals and of course, humans. All that plus the morality of smoking in this week’s What Are We Thinking with Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief on the Gallup Poll and WHYY’s Dave Heller.

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    This week on What Are We Thinking:

    – Memorial Day holiday predictions: more travel, less spending? Or the other way around?

    – A spike in smoking patterns among young baby boomers.

    And more.

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