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Is "advice" really the worst vice? (Nov. 6)

We give a lot of it - and get a lot of it - but why? This week, we ask: who are you to give me advice?

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How quick are you to give advice? Sook-Yin asks some strangers for their words of wisdom.

Okay, raise your hand if you've ever followed some of Oprah Winfrey's advice. Maybe you read something recommended in her Book Club. Or bought those high-waisted jeans she was raving about last season. Chicago writer Robyn Okrant went one step further than that. She spent an entire year doing everything Oprah suggested - literally. And she wrote a book about her experiences called Living Oprah. We'll find out what it's like to "live Oprah" for a year.

You were likely taught to respect the wisdom of your elders. So Sook-Yin goes to St. Christopher House to get some advice from hers.

Krista Burton explains why when you're asked for advice - especially by an eight-year-old on roller skates - you should probably take the responsibility pretty seriously. And not quote Calvin and Hobbes.

If you're a parent, you've probably received a lot of unsolicited parenting advice. Actor, mom, and parenting columnist Diane Flacks certainly has - and she'll look into why people give it so freely, and how to respond to it.

Imagine going for a walk in your neighbourhood, and coming across a guy sitting at a wooden booth with a simple sign "Free Advice." That's just what's happened to hundreds of people in Portland, where Chris Sparhawk - electrical engineer by day, free advice-giver by night - has set up his "Free Advice Booth" on and off for the past 10 years. He'll tell us why - and why people are so keen to take advice from a stranger.

What's the worst advice you ever gave? Sook-Yin takes her mic to the street to find out.

No one sets out to give bad advice - so how do you make sure that people listen to the advice you give? Clare Lawlor comes by with some advice on advising.

If you were voted "second most trusted person in Canada," how much pressure would you feel to give good advice? Sook-Yin puts that question to "Canada's most-trusted contractor" - Mike Holmes.

Laurie Hoostraten brings us a cautionary tale about the downside of giving advice: someone might take it. We'll find out why that can be a very bad thing.

People who want to pursue any sort of artistic career get lots of advice - like "don't do it." Blues musician Treasa Levasseur has heard that a few times, but she clearly didn't listen. The Juno-nominated musician will tell us about the advice she did follow - from a surprising source.

There are a whole lot of people out there who are willing to offer you professional advice on everything from fashion to fitness to family relationships. So why do we love a good advice column? We'll put that question to Toronto Star ethics columnist Ken Gallinger.

And here's this week's playlist:

Jeremy Fisher - "Shine a Little Light"
Nat King Cole - "Take a Fool's Advice"
Russian Futurists - "To Be Honest"
Charlie Winston - "Tongue Tied"
Christine Fellows - "Advice"
Corb Lund - "Always Keep an Edge On Your Knife"
Doris Day - "Que Sera Sera"
M. Ward - "Chinese Translation"
Paper Lions - "Trouble"
Treasa Levasseur - "Let Me Sleep On It" (live in studio)

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