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Rob Walker

Rob Walker appears in the following:

In Search of Significant Objects

Friday, March 23, 2012

It all started with a broken coffee cup. “It was a totally meaningless thing,” remembers Rob Walker, “but it happened to be a coffee cup that I had bought on a trip with my now-wife.” The ceramic casualty made Walker realize that the stories we attach to objects may be ...

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Post-Merch

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

With many sounding the bells for music sales, band-related merchandise has risen as a viable alternative. Journalist Rob Walker joins us to explore a possible future filled with the whole kitchen sink.

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Significant Objects

Thursday, November 05, 2009

What gives an object meaning, or makes it worth anything at all. Rob Walker (who also writes the Consumed column for the Times) discusses the Significant Objects project, which picks random knick-knacks, recruits writers to write stories inspired by them, and sees what happens...

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Obama as Muse

Monday, March 09, 2009

As an Obama-inspired musical called "Obama on My Mind" opens in London, we find out why the American president has inspired so much art, from songs to posters to balloons. Guests include the musical's writer and composer, Teddy Hayes; trumpet player and composer Avishai Cohen; and Rob Walker, columnist for ...

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Labels of Love

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Speaking of the brand obsessed...anyone see the Sex and the City movie? Slate film critic Dana Stevens (who has) joins Rob Walker (who hasn't) to talk about the SATC effect on consumer culture. But fear not: this is a spoiler-free zone.

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I Buy Therefore I Am

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Rob Walker, New York Times Magazine "Consumed" columnist and author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are (Random House, 2008), talks about "murketing" -- the murky marketing that is changing advertising and branding.

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You Are What You Buy

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Think technological advances like TiVo and the internet have left you immune to marketing? Think again. Writer Rob Walker argues that marketing has become murkier than ever, and the result is that we’re more brand-crazy than ever before. Also: a new report calls for a renaissance in New York’s vocational ...