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Historian Stephanie Coontz on the Myths of Family Values

Coontz has just written the book, "The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap." She uses historical evidence to dismantle the myths about so-called "family values." She says that many of the family problems prevelent today have always been around, and that the survival of the family depends on recognizing and dealing with diversity.

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Other segments from the episode on October 12, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 12, 1992: Interview with Stephanie Coontz; Interview with Ron Walters; Review of Doris Lessing's book "African Laughter."

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