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America's Call to the Mall24:50

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photoWhat's good for your wardrobe just might be good for the country. For decades , American presidents have been urging the nation to shop its way to prosperity.

A new analysis looks at the economic and moral costs of America's call to the mall.


Lizabeth Cohen, author of new book "A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America," professor of American Studies at Harvard University

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly magazine

This program aired on February 13, 2003.

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