You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.
Meanwhile, do you sit or stand while you work? For those of you who can't decide, there's something in the middle.
Coming up on this evening's broadcast: Host Kai Ryssdal takes you through one day in his consumer economy -- shopping at a hardware store, a shoe store and getting a much needed haircut to launch our week-long Consumed series.