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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

December 2, 2008
We're officially in a recession and the holiday shopping season is underway. Hear why economist Benjamin Barber argues that hyper-consumerism led to the current financial crisis and that restoring faith in democracy is the way out of economic ruin. Plus, Alex Kuczynski on having a child through a surrogate and Michael Kinsley on creative capitalism.


Benjamin Barber, Michael Kinsley and Alex Kuczynski

The Dark Side of Black Friday

Benjamin Barber, distinguished senior fellow at the New York think tank Demos and author of Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole (Norton, 2007) discusses hyper-consumerism and the need to return to basic civic values.

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Suite Deal

WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman updates the story of Bloomberg aides demanding free luxury suites and other perks at the new Yankee Stadium.

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Baby Blues

Alex Kuczynski, New York Times style writer and the author of Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession with Cosmetic Surgery (Doubleday, 2006), talks about her recent NYT Magazine article "Her Body, My Baby" and her experience having a child through a surrogate.

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Junior Senator

Glenn Thrush, senior Congressional correspondent for, talks about potential replacements for Hillary Clinton in the Senate, once she's confirmed as Secretary of State. Question of the Day: Who would you like to see replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate?

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Creative Capital

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Reading is Fundamental

Erin Bauer, English and literacy educator, advisor, and senior advisor for graduation at the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn and Dolores Perin, associate professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University's Teachers College, talk about the issues raised in yesterday’s Radio ...

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