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What's in a marriage

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First broadcast:
Friday 22 July 2011

Alain de Botton on our high expectations for modern marriage. He argues that expecting one person to be a good partner, lover and parent is - almost - asking the impossible. And he shows how different it all was before the mid eighteenth century...

Producer: Adele Armstrong.


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