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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Friday, November 25, 2011

How did it get so crazy out there? Couldn't folks have planned just a little better? It's just money, right? If you think we're talking about Black Friday, we're not. We're talking about the euro. Will it soon die? Plus, did you go shopping today? We look at why retailers are rolling out deals earlier and give you a history lesson on the origins of Black Friday. Also, the truth about why we buy and the argument against being thrity.

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Is the euro's death approaching?

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The history of Black Friday

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The argument against thrift

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