Nov 29, 2011 — In the first hour of today's Talk of the Nation: What the strong start to the holiday shopping season may mean for the economy. Plus actor Alan Rickman discusses his career and new Broadway play. In today's second hour: Evolving police tactics and the Occupy movement. And tensions between NATO and Pakistan continue to rise.
Nov 29, 2011 — As we head into the holiday season this might be a good moment to reflect on the roots of our collective consumer delusion.
Dec 2, 2010 — While online shopping aids in avoiding crowds and lines, offline shopping adds the touch-and-feel sensory experience that money cannot buy.
Nov 24, 2009 — Don't be a sucker on Black Friday... Slate.com's Farhad Manjoo tells us what to avoid, and what's worth our money (and time).
Sep 3, 2009 — Predictions for Black Friday have already begun. The early message? Don't bet on big bargains.
Nov 26, 2012 — There are clever names for many of the holiday season's key shopping days. Today's is in honor of what's said to be the biggest online shopping day. Tuesday's aims to get people to be charitable. Maybe Wednesday's should be for when the bills come in?
Nov 23, 2012 — Retailers say the day after Thanksgiving is when they start making profits and heading into the black. But the term has a long history predating the shopping bonanza — nearly all of it negative.
Nov 28, 2011 — A good first weekend is welcome news. But after a deep recession and with unemployment still high, analysts want to wait and see.
Nov 25, 2011 — Shoppers flooded stores across the country as the holiday shopping season officially got under way and people rushed to grab deals on electronics, toys and other merchandise. But retailers' big day was marred by reports of attempted robbery, fighting, and of a woman who allegedly pepper sprayed other customers.