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Seeking Advice, Dear Prudence

Nothing off-limits. Slate’s “Dear Prudence,” aka Slate’s Emily Yoffe, joins us.

Slate writer Emily Yoffe. (Photograph by Teresa Castracane)

Slate writer Emily Yoffe. (Photograph by Teresa Castracane)

With all the blogs and search engines and Facebook buddies out there these days, you wouldn’t think America would have much use or need anymore for an advice columnist.  Dear Abby, Ann Landers sounds like artifacts of a bygone time.  But wait.  There’s Prudence.  Dear Prudence, the online advice column at Slate.

She tells identical twin brothers in love what to do about it, and thousands comment.  She adjudicates on the mother-in-law breast-feeding her grandson.  Stand back!

This hour, On Point:  a conversation with Emily Yoffe, advice-giving author of Dear Prudence.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Emily Yoffe, writes the Dear Prudence column at Slate.

From Tom’s Reading List

Dear Prudence “My husband has been monitoring me through my laptop. How can I get him to stop?”

Dear Prudence “Prudie advises a woman who discovered her mother-in-law suckling her newborn son.”

Dear Prudence “My new wife postponed our tropical getaway to comfort her “best friend.” What gives?”

Video: Dad Caught Cheating

Check out this animated Dear Prudence column.

Video: Jealous Boyfriend in Afghanistan

Another animated Dear Prudie column.

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