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Advice column aficionados Han and Matt re-answer the greatest questions from other advice columns and podcasts as well as fielding new questions with a little help from their cats.

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Jan 9, 2019

Han and Matt are joined by Jessica Weisberg, author of "Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money, and Other Burning Questions from a Nation Obsessed" to discuss this amazing gift to advice column lovers plus some bonus historical moments:

  1. Jessica Weisberg
  2. 10 Superb Questions on the History of Advice Columns
    • Much love to the many listeners of ours on Facebook who helped contribute to these questions!
  3. John Dunton: "But REALLY Though, Should Women Legally Be Allowed to Use Beauty Products?" (1704)
    • "Pray give your judgement, whether 'tis lawful for Women to use any Beautifying Washes or things of that kind to meliorate Nature, which some Persons are so very much against, and think 'em utterly unlawful?"
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  5. Benjamin Franklin: "Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of a Mistress" (1745)
  6. Ann Landers: "The Great Toilet Paper Orientation Debate" (1986)
  7. r/legaladviceofftopic: "I trained an AI to generate /r/legaladvice post titles, and it asks "Is it legal for me to get in legal trouble?"" (2019)

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