Randy Cohen: "Be Good: How To Navigate The Ethics Of Everything"

 - Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user Will Humes

Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user Will Humes

Randy Cohen: "Be Good: How To Navigate The Ethics Of Everything"

The original writer of "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine reflects on recurring themes during the 12 years he wrote the column.

Randy Cohen never set out to be a paragon of virtue. Though he spent a dozen years writing an ethics column for “The New York Times Magazine,” his previous career was as an Emmy-winning comedy writer. As “The Ethicist,” Cohen tackled questions on everything from what’s OK to hold back from your spouse to navigating the ethics of social media. Though his column addressed everyday issues, it revealed much about power, money, class and gender. His most surprising letters? He says they were the ones he didn’t receive –- from politicians and CEO’s -- the people he believes need to think about ethics most. Diane talks with Randy Cohen about how to make the right choices in a less-than-clear-cut world.

Guests

Randy Cohen

creator and host of Person Place Thing, a public radio program for WAMC and original writer of "The Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine.

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Excerpt from "Be Good: How To Navigate The Ethics Of Everything" by Randy Cohen. Copyright 2012 Randy Cohen. Reprinted here by permission of Chronicle Books. All rights reserved.

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