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NPR Presents: A Fish Tale, The Lies That Bind Us

Fish Tale

You are invited to a special NPR event to help dissect a lie.

NPR Science Desk Correspondents Jon Hamilton, Alix Spiegel and Shankar Vedantam will be on stage at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m., to explore the science behind deception and self-deception with live storytelling, audience discussion and original multimedia.

Using the true story of two little boys from Milwaukee who lied to their parents about catching a fish, the reporters explain what the latest research in neuroscience, sociology and psychology tell us about our lies:

  • Are we wired to be honest or wired to deceive?
  • Is the fib you told your 3rd grade teacher about your losing your homework anything like the lies a politician tells to get elected?
  • How often are we complicit in helping people deceive us?
  • Tickets are free. If you'll be in the D.C. area next week, we hope you'll join us.

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    Emily Hellewell

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