The Takeaway

If the Digits Are Random, the Price Is Right

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For most people, ten bucks sounds prohibitively steep for a bottle of artisanal olive oil. But at $12.67, you're more likely to buy it. Here's how marketers are working us.

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Bazaar Behavior

Friday, December 19, 2014

With the American History Guys


The Brian Lehrer Show

Live with Less Stuff

Monday, June 09, 2014

Voluntary downsizing has worked for the two authors of The Minimalist blog, but can it work for you? Tips on how to make the tough choices about what to keep - and what to ditch - to have a simpler life.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Beyond 'Eggheads': Vance Packard Pulls Back the Curtain on Advertising, 1958

Wednesday, December 05, 2012


At this Books and Authors Luncheon, Vance Packard tries to dispel the idea that his book, The Hidden Persuaders (1957), is merely about the quirks and absurdities of advertising's use of "motivational research." 

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Money, Greed and Power

Saturday, November 10, 2012

SHORTS collaborated with the public radio show Planet Money to bring you two stories about spending and earning, and one about compulsory consumerism. 


The Leonard Lopate Show

Money Mistakes and Too Much Stuff

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Financial planner Carl Richards talks about why people make the same financial mistakes over and over. In The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money, he aims to help people to review those mistakes, identify their personal behavior gaps, and avoid them in the future. He’ll also talk about why he thinks most of us have too much stuff, why it’s bad, and what we can do about it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ethical Chic

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Author of Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love, Fran Hawthorne, discusses her new book that investigates 6 beloved companies that are socially responsible and hip. But does the truth match their reputations?

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The Takeaway

The New Minimalists: Out of the Physical, Into the Digital

Monday, August 23, 2010

Many of us are talking about how to live with less these days. The answer to that question might be relative to your circumstances. Perhaps you stop going out to eat or make serious changes to your budget. Some people, though, are taking this notion of living with less to an extreme, including Kelly Sutton and Chris Yurista.


The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Popular

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hugo Lindgren, executive editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses the most popular products, and what makes them most likely to hold strong or fade away.

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The Takeaway

Big three wait for word of White House bailout

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Congress and the big three automakers are waiting to see if and when the White House will step in with a helping hand for the industry. Congress failed last week to approve an emergency loan package and now the White House says it may use its power to bail out the industry at least temporarily. The Takeaway talks to Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection, in Washington, DC.


The Takeaway

Sarah Palin

Friday, October 24, 2008

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Studio 360

James Rosenquist

Saturday, August 28, 2004

The Pop artist James Rosenquist captures the hyperbright, supersaturated colors of commercial culture in his paintings. Kurt and Mr. Rosenquist tour a retrospective of his work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The paintings stretch back to the 1960's and contain a surreal montage ...


Studio 360

Still Life Sells

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Home furnishings catalogs have evolved over the past couple of decades into glossy, sumptuous celebrations of domestic life (minus the mess). They're a far cry from the fuzzy line drawings of a Sears catalog at the turn of the last century. But Judith Kampfner says that ...


Studio 360

Commentary: Culture as Product

Saturday, September 20, 2003

The American economy may be going through a rough patch, but our zeal for the marketplace hasn’t flagged. And as Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen noticed recently, the selling of culture is a serious business.