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Episode 928

Loss Leader

Nov 26 2016

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Ruth Whippman

How happiness became the ultimate consumer product.

British writer Ruth Whippman examines the failures of America's obsessive, capitalized, hyper-individualistic pursuit of happiness, and explains why true happiness is found not through Instagram or seminars or books, but in IRL social networks of families, neighbors and communities.

Ruth is author of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks from St. Martin's Press.



Doug Henwood, Liza Featherstone

Why the public never bought Hillary's Anti-Social-Democratic agenda.

Journalists Liza Featherstone and Doug Henwood examine the electoral loss of Candidate Hillary - from the limits of her corporatized feminism, to a self-serving campaign that promised little beyond Clinton herself - and explain why Trump's victory reflects a failure of the liberal political class to offer material solutions to the problems faced by most Americans.

Liza contributed to and edited False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton from Verso Books. Doug wrote My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency from OR Books.

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