Friday, January 15, 2010

Cheap Junk & The Deindustrialization of America

New World Notes News
Vol. 3, No. 3 -- January 16, 2010

Annie Leonard (from NWN #48, "The Story of STUFF")

This Week in New World Notes, radio program #98, Jan. 19:

Cheap Junk and
The Deindustrialization of America

Workers' summary

We explore the connections among ubiquitous cheap junk merchandise, domestic unemployment and poverty, starvation wages abroad, pollution everywhere, the destruction of the environment, the deindustrialization and Third-World-ization of America, and the ever-increasing wealth of the already-rich. Was there a vote on all this that somehow I missed? Includes unflattering words on G.E. by labor leader Marie Lausch and an equally unflatttering discussion of IKEA from Ellen Ruppel Shell's book, Cheap: The High Price of Discount Culture.

Marie Lausch at UCONN, November 14, 2009

This week's song

  • Anne Feeney, Brave New Christmas

Coming Soon -- Tuesday debut dates on WWUH shown:

  • January 26 -- Lenny Bruce and the Meaning of Obscenity
  • February 2 -- Merchants of Fear (Installment #100!)

Ellen Ruppel Shell


  • Connecticut United Electrical Workers Union president Marie Lausch recorded by me at a symposium on converting Connecticut to a peacetime economy held at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, November 14, 2009.
  • Shell passage as reprited by the Toronto Globe & Mail, July 19, 2009, condensed for radio by me.
  • New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "radar") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford. Feedback to kdowst at hotmail period com

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