With Black Friday quickly approaching, the holiday shopping season is already in full swing. As the economic outlook remains uncertain, many people are wondering how consumers will approach this gift-giving season. Will they be spending extravagantly or will they be more thrifty? Wharton marketing professor Cait Lamberton discusses holiday spending and consumer confidence.
Meanwhile, a culinary historian named Sarah Lohman has been traveling across the United States to learn about rare foods at risk of extinction. She’s discovered that 85% of apple varieties have disappeared, and this trend isn’t limited to just apples. Many historic American foods and foodways are also disappearing. In her new book “Endangered Eating,” Lohman shares her journey and provides insights on how to bring these heirloom foods back to our tables.
In other news, WHYY is launching a new podcast called “Art Outside” next Tuesday. The series explores Philadelphia’s public art scene and features five street artists showcasing their impact and motivation for creating outdoor art. Hosted by Conrad Benner, the first episode will spotlight an artist who goes by “the Philadelphia Bansky,” whose art confronts the PPA (Philadelphia Parking Authority).