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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Lost in the Supermarket - Consumerism

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In this hour, Rob Walker writes the weekly column "Consumed," for the New York Times Magazine, and is the author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are. He talks with Steve Paulson about branding.

Next, essayist Chuck Klosterman talks with Steve about TV's Mad Men. He reads from his essay on the subject: "It Will Shock You How Much It Never Happened" which is included in Klosterman's latest book, Eating the Dinosaur.

Then, Ellen Ruppel Shell teaches journalism at Boston University and is the author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. She talks with Anne Strainchamps about the effects of our obsession with low prices.

After that, Joel Waldfogel is the author of Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays. He talks with Jim Fleming about what's really wrong with all those cringe-inducing neckties and fruitcakes nobody eats.

And finally, David Dalton and Tony Scherman are co-authors of Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol. Dalton and his sister were assistants on Warhol's early Pop Art paintings when they were in their teens. Dalton tells Jim Fleming he remembers Warhol as a man with big plans. [Broadcast Date: December 2, 2010]

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  • Buying In by Rob Walker
  • Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
  • Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
  • Scroogenomics by Joel Waldfogel
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