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Pucker up! It's International Kissing Day. We talk to a smooching expert who says kissing deserves more attention because it is a simple pleasure that can add joy in your life. We also hear from an anthropologist who says kissing is not evolutionary but a cultural phenomenon.


Today's guest host was Mike Finnerty.

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Oh Be-have! We began this part with a clip of Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe from the 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch. Maybe you didn't realise... today is International Kissing Day. And there are so many types of kisses.

So let's cut right to the chase. We'll leave to one side the goodnight kiss, the Montreal two-cheek kiss, kisses on foreheads and to mend boo boos. And let's have the type of kiss you build a dream on, or maybe just a fantasy. CBC producer Marie Wadden asked people in St. John's, Newfoundland about some memorable first encounters.

A good kiss, the kind that makes your head spin and heart race, gives people ideas. In the grand sweep of human history, someone, somewhere, must have leaned if for the first one, ever.

For a brief history of kissing we're joined by Vaughn Bryant. He is Professor and Director of the Palynology Laboratory at the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. He was in College Station, Texas.

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We heard from CBC TV personality Kevin O'Leary and Toronto comedian Maggie Cassella sharing stories of a first kiss.

So let's break it down. Andréa Demirjian is an expert on kissing. She wrote, Kissing: Everything You Wanted to Know about One of Life's Sweetest Pleasures. She was in Nassau in the Bahamas.

This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson, Lara O'Brien and Kathleen Goldhar.

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