Conspicuous Consumption

October 27, 2002

These days it seems we just can’t get enough of it.  Over the past few years, luxury spending in the United States has been growing four times faster than overall spending.  We’re spending more money on more products and services that we don’t really need – like Evian bottled water and Prada sunglasses.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, our love affair with luxury.  Also, “The Natural History of the Rich” and a documentary film about gleaners.

  1. Paul Krugman on 'For Richer'

    Paul Krugman wrote an article called “For Richer” for the New York Times Magazine. He tells Steve Paulson that there is a widening chasm between the super rich and the rest of us.

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  2. Richard Conniff on "The Natural History of the Rich"

    Richard Conniff is a journalist who sees parallels between the rich and some animal species.  He’s the author of “The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide.”

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  3. James Twitchell on Luxury

    James Twitchell tells Jim Fleming that for the first time is history, ordinary people can sample real luxury and we can’t get enough of it.

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  4. Agnes Varda on "The Gleaners and I"

    French film-maker Agnes Varda has made a documentary called “The Gleaners and I.”  The film is a portrait of people who make their living picking over stuff other people have thrown away.

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  5. Paul Lukas on "Inconspicuous Consumption"

    Paul Lukas talks with Jim Fleming about the gadget that measures your shoe size, and the charm of the string on the box of Animal Crackers.

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