Part Three of The Current
A modern guide to manners with Henry Alford
Enjoying dinner at Emily Post's house must have been very civil, if perhaps a little sterile. But it's harder to waltz around proper social behaviour today.
Cultural differences ... buzzing cellphones and social network etiquette, changing workplaces and fluid social roles. There is a lot more to remember than raising a pinky when drinking tea. Still, it's easy to spot bad behaviour, but just what do good manners look like in the year 2012?
Henry Alford's new book hopes to answer that question. He's a humourist and journalist. His latest book is called: Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? - A Modern Guide to Manners. He joined us from our New York studio.
From the Embers Promo
Tomorrow on The Current, we've got a documentary called From the Embers which looks at the life and death of the man who many believe became the catalyst for the Arab Spring. His name was Mohamed Bouazizi. He was a simple fruit seller. The CBC's Piya Chattopadhyay talked with his family. We played an excerpt from the documentary.
Last Word - Polar bear story by Ed Struzik
We've been talking this morning about politeness and also about polar bears. Our Last word today is all about appropriate behaviour around the animals. Ed Struzik is a journalist who specializes in Arctic stories. He once had the idea of getting close to polar bears by locking himself in a cage, in the same way that divers use cages when studying sharks. But great white bears are a lot smarter than great white sharks. We gave the last word to Ed Struzik recalling what could have been his very last cage match.
Other segments from today's show: