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149. Is It Harder to Make Friends as an Adult? (Replay)
How do friendships change as we get older? Should you join a bowling league? And also: how does a cook become a chef?
172. Is Marriage Worth It?
Can long-term relationships do more harm than good? Where is the line between intimacy and codependence? And should we all try to be more like Mike’s parents?
171. Where Is the Line Between Exaggeration and Lying?
Why do we use “literally” figuratively? Does conveying an "emotional truth" justify making things up? And are Angela’s kids really starving or just hungry?
170. Are We Getting Lonelier?
How can you be lonely when so many people showed up at your birthday party? Can you fight loneliness by managing expectations? And where can you find company while enjoying the best garlic cheeseburger in the greater Salt Lake City metro area?
169. Can We Disagree Better?
Do you suffer from the sin of certainty? How did Angela react when a grad student challenged her research? And can a Heineken commercial strengthen our democracy?
168. Would You Be Happier if You Were More Creative?
Should you become an artist or an accountant? Did Sylvia Plath have to be depressed to write "The Bell Jar?" And what can "Napoleon Dynamite" teach us about the creative life?