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More Proof that the Compensation System is out of Whack

Chris Farrell | Nov 12, 2007
Charles O. Prince 111, the ousted head of beleaguered Citigroup and, by most measures, a poorly performing chief executive officer, is yet one more...

Taxing ourselves green

| Nov 12, 2007
Commentator Robert Frank says we don't need to transform human nature to do something about global warming, we just need to change people's incentives. A global carbon tax will hit folks in the wallet, and money is always a powerful incentive.
Posted In: Taxes

Greed as a disease

| Nov 12, 2007
America's consumer economy may be a symptom of a bigger illness -- and it could be killing us all. As a species, we simply don't know what to do with all this excess, says prominent UCLA researcher Dr. Peter Whybrow.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Speeding up the consumerism treadmill

Amy Scott | Nov 12, 2007
Consumption has nearly doubled in the U.S., and fashion leads the way. One growing retail fashion chain, H&M, specializes in budget knockoffs of high-end clothing, with inventory coming in daily. Amy Scott reports from the shopping frenzy.
Posted In: Economy

Crisco: A marketing revolution

Sarah Gardner | Nov 12, 2007
Crisco is a staple in many American kitchens and a must-have for homemade pies. But it's also an invented food made by chemists, and the story of how the white stuff became a must-have has become a marketing legend. Sarah Gardner reports.

A marketing battle of wants vs. needs

Kai Ryssdal | Nov 12, 2007
Global consumer spending has skyrocketed in the past two decades. But is advertising to blame? Do we all simply want more stuff, or do we need it for our high-speed modern lifestyles? It's a little of both, says marketing expert Kit Yarrow.
Posted In: Retail

Tess' trash tour

Tess Vigeland | Nov 9, 2007
We take our trash to the curb, but where does it go after that? Tess Vigeland rides along with her neighborhood garbage man to find out.

An average family? Meet the Simpsons

Sean Cole | Nov 9, 2007
What if everybody in the world consumed like the "average" American family? Sean Cole went in search of that family to find out how much they consume in a given week or month. He didn't have to look too far.

It's enough to take your breath away

Sarah Gardner | Nov 9, 2007
Globalization's delivery of goods to consumers depends on intricate choreography of container ships, trucks, trains and other heavy equipment. The scale is breathtaking. But so are the side effects. Sarah Gardner reports,

What hungry consumerism leaves behind

Tess Vigeland | Nov 9, 2007
If a port is the mouth of America's consumer economy, the landfill is the other end. Tess Vigeland reports on the people and places wrestling with the question of what to do with all the waste.