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Looking At The Friendfluence Factor

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Do you remember that friend your mom said was no good? Or that buddy your dad said was a bad influence on you? As it turns out, they might have been right.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are, about how friends shape our personalities and help create the mold for our attitudes and future actions.

HEAR MORE: Carlin Flora speaks at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Cockefair Chair luncheon at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Tickets are $18.50. Contact the Central Ticket Office, (816) 235-6222, or click here for details.  

Carlin Flora was on staff at Psychology Today magazine for eight years, most recently as features editor. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Columbia University School of Journalism and has written for Discover, Glamour, Women’s Health, and Men’s Health, among others. She has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Fox News, and 20/20. 

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.