Awesome Etiquette

Sunday at 10:40 a.m. on VPR
  • Hosted by Lizzie Post, Daniel Post Senning

Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute answer your questions about etiquette. From the most traditional to the unexpectedly modern the Posts tackle etiquette through the lens of consideration, respect, and honesty.

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Awesome Etiquette: How To Spit The Pit

May 21, 2017
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Let's jump right into the pit of etiquette and tackle the issue of properly eating olives with pits while dining with others.

Awesome Etiquette: Wait, Is This A Date?

May 12, 2017
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This time, we field a question about whether or not an invitation to join a friend for a drink or to attend a movie, is really a request for a date.

Awesome Etiquette: Fork Or Fingers

May 4, 2017

When feasting on foods like fried chicken, pork chops or lamb chops, is it okay to eat with your fingers?

Awesome Etiquette: Wedding Gift Protocol For The 'B' Crowd

Apr 28, 2017

When holding a second, informal wedding reception for friends or family not invited to an out-of-town wedding, is it okay to include the gift registry on the invitation?

Awesome Etiquette: How To Extract Yourself From A Dull Dinner Party

Apr 20, 2017
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Let's be honest — not all dinner parties are great. The fun-factor might be low and the food could be subpar. So how do you know when to make an exit without making it seem as though you're rushing out the door?

Awesome Etiquette: What To Do If Your Cat Is Cheating

Apr 14, 2017
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In this episode of Awesome Etiquette, we tackle the issue of a roaming cat that cozies up with neighbors and even stays with them for dinner!

Awesome Etiquette: Should You Reply To An Email You're CC'd On?

Apr 7, 2017
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Chances are you've been "cc'd" on an e-mail message at work. But is it okay to reply to the group if your name is not in the "to" field?

Awesome Etiquette: Re-Gifting Nightmares

Mar 31, 2017
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Most of us have re-gifted a present we didn't like or need. But in this episode of Awesome Etiquette, we hear a tale of re-gifting that backfired.

Awesome Etiquette: Does A Salon Appointment Always Have To Be Social?

Mar 24, 2017
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If you keep a regular appointment to have a manicure, massage or even car maintenance, for that matter, that can be a great time to catch up and be social with the local salon or business owner.

Awesome Etiquette: Sharing Photos Of Someone's Home

Mar 17, 2017
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Sharing photos of a gathering at a friend's house might be okay if it's a group shot, but it's not so cool if those pictures expose too much of someone's home and personal life. Especially without permission!

Awesome Etiquette: Coughing Co-Workers

Mar 10, 2017

It's that time of year when the workplace is bound to be plagued with coughing co-workers. Not only do you worry about catching what they have but it's also a distraction while your work.

Awesome Etiquette: How To Repay The Kindness Of Strangers?

Mar 3, 2017
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It's a dark and stormy night. You're driving in a part of town you don't know well and suddenly, your car tire blows! Thankfully, you are rescued by the kind people who live nearby. They fix your flat and send you on your way. You are extremely grateful. Is there a proper way to thank them?

Awesome Etiquette: B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Slippers)

Feb 23, 2017

When invited to a home with a 'shoe free' policy, do you bring your own slippers or should they be provided by the host?

Awesome Etiquette: The Complicated Traditions Surrounding Making A Toast

Feb 17, 2017
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When buying a round of drinks, do you automatically have the right to make the toast or can someone else jump in? It all comes down to the type of occasion it is.

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Gift-giving etiquette varies by occasion and even depends on where you live! Here are a couple of tips to help you sort out when you should and don't need to bear a gift.

Awesome Etiquette: Charging Admission To Your Wedding

Feb 3, 2017
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Is it appropriate to charge an admission fee to cover the price of food and drink at your wedding? If so, should the guest deduct that cost from the wedding gift? And should you tell the happy couple that this approach seems graceless?

Awesome Etiquette: The Do's And Dont's Of Renting From Friends

Jan 27, 2017
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What's the protocol for inviting guests to stay at a house you've rented from friends?

Awesome Etiquette: Splitting The Dinner Bill

Jan 20, 2017
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Deciding how to split the dinner bill could turn your evening out with friends from a delight into a drag.

Awesome Etiquette: When To Stop Saying 'Happy New Year'

Jan 13, 2017
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For how long do you continue to say "Happy New Year!" when greeting someone? After the first week of January? Anytime before March?

Awesome Etiquette: How To Address Your Professor

Jan 6, 2017
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Is it okay to address your professor by name or is it best to use a formal title?

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