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Retailers opening on Thanksgiving: consumerism or convenience? listen

11/21/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: war on Christmas, Thanksgiving, consumerism

For years, conservative Christians have claimed there is a war on Christmas - arguing that too many people insist on using the monicker "Happy Holiday" instead of "Merry Christmas." Now many retailers in a push to bring in even more holiday revenue are opting to stay open on Thanksgiving to start their doorbuster savings before the Turkey's even out of the oven.

Today we ask listeners, is there a war on Christmas and should retail workers be able to enjoy a day off with family instead of b...

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Occupy Tampa arrests at 31; Black Friday shoppers mic-checked listen

11/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two more Occupy Tampa members were arrested for trespassing last Wednesday night. Daniel Walford was arrested at the amphitheater on the west side of Kiley Garden, where he said police singled him out.

Eyewitnesses say they were surprised to see that even with such [a large crowd gathered to see the musical and poetic performances by local artists](https://www.facebook.com/events/2774678889...

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Author highlights Factory Girls in China listen

12/13/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Leslie T. Chang is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent who lived in and wrote about China for a decade. In her 2008 book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, she tells the story about how nearly 130 million young people leave their rural homes for the city, or going out, in hopes of a brighter future. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan Elliott spoke with Chang last week about the reasons she wrote her book.

"I wanted to write the book because I felt like there was a lot...

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Consumerism as Religion

02/10/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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COMING UP WE’LL TALK WITH A RELIGION INSTRUCTOR WHO SAYS THAT CONSUMERISM HAS IN ESSENCE BECOME THE MAIN RELIGION IN THE US.

DELL DECHANT IS AN INSTRUCTOR AT USF AND ASSISTANT CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES. HE’S THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK- THE SACRED SANTA. HE SAYS THAT CONSUMERISM HAS BECOME A RELIGION IN THE US-- RIVALLING OR SUPPLANTING TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS.

IS THAT RIGHT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? WHAT IS RELIGIOUS ABOUT SHOPPING?

HE’LL BE GIVING A TALK LATER T...

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Surviving a year without shopping

12/24/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

In Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, Judith Levine chronicles her and her partner Paul’s progress—and setbacks—over an entire year of not spending. No new clothes, dinners out, books, films, or even processed foods: they bought just raw ingredients and household necessities.

One of the Wall Street Journal’s five best books on consumer culture, the Los Angeles Times said, “What makes Not Buying It stand out among the many books about consumerism is the personal app...

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