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To Marry Or Not To Marry? Expert Suggests We Want ‘All Or Nothing’

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Fewer Americans are saying 'I do' than in generations past. Psychologist Eli Finkel discusses what people want from marriage today.

Half of the adults in the United States are married, according to the Pew Research Center, which is a sharp decline from the 72 percent of adults married in 1960. But are marriages today better or worse than they used to be? 

Researcher and psychologist Eli Finkel argues that the answer is both: the average quality of marriages in America is in decline, yet the best marriages are better than ever. In his new book “The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work” (Dutton/2017) Finkel brings together an array of scientific research to look at what people want out of marriage today and what strategies can be employed to get them there.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Finkel, professor of psychology at Northwestern University. Finkel will be in conversation with behavioral economist Dan Ariely, professor at Duke University, at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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