In an age when every conversation, email, and tweet could be
digitally archived, how honest we are - or how deceptive – is open for
scrutiny. But there is still a lot we don’t know about the nature of
How can we tell if someone is telling the truth? Are there verbal
cues, in addition to the sweaty palms and rapid heartbeat? Is there a
difference between lies, or is every lie the same? And how does the
medium of conversation – an email, a text message, a phone call – affect the type of lie we might tell?
This week on the podcast, Judith Donath interviews Jeff Hancock, of
the Social Media Lab at Cornell University, on how we lie, and the role
technology plays in the evolution of the lie.