• Coca Cola Can't Go Green While Selling Drinks Cold

    by Bart Elmore

    If the worldwide beverage giant wants to reduce its carbon footprint, it's time for it to reverse its historical commitment to make its drinks available cold—in electric coolers—across the globe.

  • When Christmas Started to Creep

    by Bill Black

    The story of "Christmas Creep" is not a linear encroachment of Yuletide on the rest of the calendar, and hinged on political decisions made during the Great Depression and World War II. 

  • When We All Boycotted a Lousy Beer

    by Erik Loomis

    Latino organizations and the AFL-CIO urged boycotts of Coors beer for its owners politics and the company's antilabor crusade. The company's national sales didn't take a serious hit until student, environmental, and gay activists helped form a broader coalition. 

  • Treating Citizens as Consumers Results in One-Sided Fed Decisions

    by Suzanne Kahn

    A set of political choices over the course of the 20th century placed the concerns of consumers over those of workers. While most Americans fit both roles, this priority leaves a great deal of racial inequality in place. 

  • Selling Hope

    by Wendy A. Woloson

    After a cancer diagnosis, the author still couldn't escape a world of consumerism that relentlessly commodifies even the worst experiences.

  • Lizabeth Cohen: Why Americans Buy So Much Stuff

    As holiday shopping overlaps with historic supply chain disruptions, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Lizabeth Cohen on the economy's reliance on spending and the culture of consumerism in the U.S.

  • The Long Golden Age of Useless, American Crap

    by Wendy A. Woloson

    Consuming habits encouraged by business and embraced by average Americans make crappy stuff part of the American way of life. While decrying waste, the author argues it's important to recognize that cheap goods allow Americans of modest means to participate in the national lifestyle.