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WVXU has been covering the stories of politics and corruption at Cincinnati's City Hall since early 2020. We have now launched an initiative to more closely examine Cincinnati politics and the individuals who have shaped it, along with the current allegations of corruption. We'll also explore proposals for change, and seek feedback from local leaders and community members on what can be done to restore trust in City Hall.Trust in Local Government, WVXU's Public Integrity Project will analyze our council-manager form of government and the charter amendments designed to reinforce ethical standards at City Hall; take a historical look at corruption in Cincinnati government; talk with the candidates for Cincinnati mayor and continue with an ongoing series of features, interviews and candidate profiles.

Is Corruption Contagious?


Last year three Cincinnati City Council members were indicted on federal bribery charges, leading many to believe there is a culture of corruption at City Hall. But what leads a person to cheat? With so many members of council allegedly gaming the system, is corruption contagious?

Duke University researcher Dan Ariely says corruption spreads like the plague. Ariely has conducted experiments into corruption using a virtual dice that students throw in return for a reward. The experiment created a moral dilemma in which people had an incentive to lie.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the psychology behind corruption is Duke University James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics and Center for Advanced Hindsight Founding Member Dan Ariely.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.