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Consumer culture

Original Air Date: Thursday, August 29, 2013

Two Calgary roommates have embarked on a year-long experiment of "buying nothing", hoping to learn more about their attachment to material goods and spending. We have expert opinions on whether money can equal happiness and why Albertans have some of the highest rates of consumer waste.

To follow the roommates' experiment via their blog, click here.

Joining us for a broader look at consumer culture are Naomi Krogman, University of Alberta, and economist and author Mark Anielski.

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