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There's a whole lot of stuff out there to buy. We're talking about all the things you eat, drink, wear and even smoke. Every other week we're going to take a look at one part of the universe of consumable stuff. We'll delve into why we spend our money on these things, the people behind the products -- and why it matters.
||How Climate Change Affects What You Buy||Climate change is already worsening extreme weather events -- from hurricanes to wildfires -- and beginning to affect the U.S. economy and consumers. This episode is the first in a two-part series on climate and commerce. This week, Lindsey and Jenny dive into how changes in the environment are showing up in stores and businesses. Dr. Peter Howard, the economics director at the institute for policy integrity at NYU's school of law, explains how changing global temperatures and climate could have ripple effects on businesses and shoppers. Bloomberg's Jordyn Holman discusses her reporting in Puerto Rico after it was hit by Hurricane Maria and the director of the Florida Department of Citrus describes Hurricane Irma's impact on growers.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Yogurt Battle Puts Big Food Struggles on Display||Big Food's having a tough time, and yogurt is no exception. Large, bureaucratic food companies have trouble keeping up with consumers looking for fresh ingredients and new products. Newcomers like Chobani are beating out old standbys such as General Mills' Yoplait and DannoneWave's Dannon. This week on Material World, Jenny and guest host Craig Giammona dig into the evolution of yogurt, the changing consumer and the lessons yogurt provides for the rest the grocery store. Correction: A previous version of this episode misstated Gary Hirshberg's last name.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Is New York Fashion Week Still On Trend?||Last month, fashion lovers got a taste of what's going to be in this spring as designers and models took to runways from New York to London to Paris and Milan. But as customers look for instant gratification and retailers rush to get clothes on shelves faster, is New York Fashion Week as relevant and agenda-setting as it once was? Lindsey Rupp and Alex Barinka talk with Xcel Brands Chief Executive Officer Bob D'Loren, retail consultant Gabriella Santaniello, and Tricia Smith, the head of women's merchandising at Nordstrom.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Evolution of Coffee, America's Favorite Drink||The majority of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee every day. The kinds of drinks and the companies producing them have changed dramatically over the past few decades. Consumers increasingly want their caffeine kick to be gourmet and iced. Meanwhile, artisanal coffee companies are being snatched up by big roasters, much as craft brewers have been acquired by bigger counterparts. This week on Material World, Jenny and Lindsey dig into what's happening with the country's favorite stimulant. They talk with the leaders of Illycaffe Spa, La Colombe Coffee Roasters and Blue Bottle Coffee Co. about why gourmet coffee is growing, how cold drinks got so hot and why industry consolidation is expected to continue.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Disruption of the Jewelry Industry||Millennials are blamed for disrupting a lot of industries, from cereal to soap, and now they're wreaking havoc on the jewelry industry. Customers today want timeless pieces that aren't so expensive they require a down payment, and they want to be able to collect items that can be customized into a truly personal look. In addition, they're browsing jewelry online and designing unique pieces. And young consumers are waiting longer to get married -- putting a dent in the engagement ring category -- and increasingly considering lab-made diamonds and other stones. These trends have put mainstream players like Signet's Zales, Kay and Jared in a tough spot. Lindsey Rupp and Kim Bhasin take a look at the changing trends in the industry and talk with New York startups Rebe and Catbird about what might be coming next.||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Beyond Barbecue: The Evolution of Potato Chips||Everyone knows it's almost impossible to eat just one potato chip. Why is America's favorite salty snack so addictive? Jenny and Lindsey dig into the science behind the mouthwatering taste, the evolution of the business from local to national and the diversification of flavors from plain to things like everything bagel with cream cheese, pico de gallo and crispy taco. Jenny travels to Frito-Lay's Plano, Texas headquarters to get the scoop on how chefs, cooking competitions and healthier eating are reshaping the chip business.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Trump Inc. (Ivanka Edition): What's in a Name?||For the rich and famous, a name is often much more than just a name, and the Trump family hasn't shied from capitalizing on that opportunity. This week on Material World, we explain how Ivanka Trump turned her name into a brand. Now that the First Daughter has taken a position in the White House, what happens to her namesake company? Jenny and Lindsey speak with branding expert Allen Adamson on the challenges of using a person's name as a brand; actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba on her decision not to use her name as her masthead and Bloomberg's Kim Bhasin on how the Ivanka Trump Co. is helped or hurt by the election of its founder's father.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Be Right Back||Jenny and Lindsey are taking a vacation.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTo Win the Grocery Wars, Wal-Mart Is Making Designer Melons||In our last episode, Jenny and guest host Craig Giammona explored how technology could shape the grocery industry's future. This week, Jenny and Lindsey look at what the biggest grocers are doing to stay on top -- and discover it has a lot to do with produce. As part of its plan to fight off competition, Wal-Mart, the world's biggest grocer, joined forces with an agriculture giant to design a new, sweeter cantaloupe. If the new melon is a success, it could set the stage for a makeover of the crucial produce aisle across the industry."The Cantaloupe Song" was written by Russ Rogers.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Tech Industry Wants To Revolutionize How You Shop For Groceries||For decades, the experience of buying groceries has remained much the same — and stayed largely immune to tech disruption. But that may be about to change. Amazon's bid for Whole Foods shows that it's determined to revolutionize the way Americans buy their groceries. Jenny and guest host Craig Giammona talk with grocery experts about how stores are already changing — and the challenge that Amazon faces in charting a new future for the industry.||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Barbie’s Torrid Rise, Awkward Fall and -- Maybe! -- Surprise Comeback||She's been called a role model -- but also creepy and superficial. So who is the real Barbie? Matt Townsend looked into an 58-year-old toy that's become much, much more than a mere plaything. He and Lindsey trace the life and times of this 11-and-a-half inch doll -- from her Eisenhower-era debut her stumbles (who knew she struggled to compete with Britney Spears?) and what Mattel is doing now to revive her.||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Yes, Big Tobacco Says It’s Racing to Create a Smoke-Free Future||Yes, Big Tobacco Says It’s Racing to Create a Smoke-Free Future||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||How Festivals Became Marketing Meccas||How Festivals Became Marketing Meccas||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||How Tech Is Changing Your Beauty Routine||How Tech Is Changing Your Beauty Routine||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Inside Fashion's Quest to Make Sustainable Clothes Fit||Inside Fashion’s Quest to Make Sustainable Clothes Fit||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||This Bud's For You: Weed Goes Mainstream||This Bud’s For You: Weed Goes Mainstream||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||How America's Push to Live Healthier Is Changing Food Labels||How America’s Push to Live Healthier Is Changing Food Labels||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Rise of Ghost Tequila||The Rise of Ghost Tequila||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Is Trump's 'Made in America' Push Healthy for Your Wallet?||Is Trump’s ’Made in America’ Push Healthy for Your Wallet?||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||How to Live Forever Young||How to Live Forever Young||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Why There's No Excuse Not To Buy Better Underwear||Why There’s No Excuse Not To Buy Better Underwear||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shopping in Trump's America: A Look Ahead to 2017||Shopping in Trump’s America: A Look Ahead to 2017||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Zombie Brands Are Hard to Kill||Zombie Brands Are Hard to Kill||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||America's Sugar Addiction: Why So Sweet?||America’s Sugar Addiction: Why So Sweet?||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Celebration Inflation: We're Partying Hard & Companies Love It||Celebration Inflation: We’re Partying Hard & Companies Love It||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||How The Kardashians (and Other Celebrities) Get You To Buy Stuff||How the Kardashians (and Other Celebrities) Get You to Buy Stuff||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Costly Companionship of Cats and Dogs||The Costly Companionship of Cats and Dogs||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||American Made, Bought and Sold||American Made, Bought and Sold||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Having a Baby Never Cost So Much||Having a Baby Never Cost So Much||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Pink It & Shrink It||Pink It & Shrink It||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Future of Vegan Food Is Here, and It’s Not Gross||The Future of Vegan Food Is Here, and It’s Not Gross||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Skinny Jeans Are Killing the Fashion Industry||Skinny Jeans Are Killing the Fashion Industry||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sex Sells||Sex Sells||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cash, Sweat and Tears: The Big Business of Fitness||Cash, Sweat and Tears: The Big Business of Fitness||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Hustling In The World Of Food Trucks and Pop-Ups||Hustling In The World Of Food Trucks and Pop-Ups||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||There's Something About Mary Jane||There’s Something About Mary Jane||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Craft Is Dead. Long Live Craft.||Craft Is Dead. Long Live Craft.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Welcome to Material World||Welcome to Material World||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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