Lying



Guests:

Walter Robinson Editor, Boston Globe Spotlight Team (broke the story about Joseph Ellis)

Sissela Bok Author, Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (Vintage Books, 2001)

David Nyberg Author, The Varnished Truth: Truth Telling and Deceiving in Ordinary Life (University of Chicago Press, 1994) Professor of Education and Medicine, The State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) Adjunct Professor of Philosphy, The State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo)

Last week, Pulitzer-prize winning historian Joseph Ellis admitted he lied about his military service in Vietnam. The revelation has shocked colleagues, friends and students of the highly-regarded college professor. Why would someone with such impeccable credentials make up stories about his personal life? Truth is viewed as one of the bedrocks of our personal and professional lives, and is the basis of many faiths. Yet whether they're little white lies or big whoppers, most people lie at some point in their lives - for different reasons, under different circumstances. What's the effect of lying on our relationships, our careers, and on society? Juan Williams talks with you about lying and its consequences.

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