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Mandatory recycling has become a way of life in more and more places, but critics dismiss it as an easy way for politicians to make guilty consumers feel better about themselves. We hear both sides as the holiday season gets underway.

Later on the program, nine years of personal interviews with George H.W. Bush.

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Jared Morgan

Will Amazon Thwart Black Friday Retailers? 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The day after Thanksgiving has been the biggest shopping day of the year. Last year, Black Friday saw sales of $2.4 billion -- a 24% increase over the year before. Will that happen again today? Not if Amazon, the giant of online shopping, has its way, says Marcus Wohlsen, who covers business and technology for Wired magazine.

Guests:
Marcus Wohlsen, Wired magazine (@marcuswohlsen)

Recycling: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost? 33 MIN, 43 SEC

It's been 20 years since John Tierney first argued in the New York Times magazine that the benefits of recycling were not worth the cost. Since then, the recycling movement has vastly expanded. But, this past weekend, Tierney wrote that it's as inefficient as ever — and he compared the movement to a "religious ritual." Angry defenders insist it protects the environment, saves public money and generates profits for a growing industry. With mandatory recycling on the increase, the argument's going on in more and more places. We hear from both sides.

Guests:
John Tierney, New York Times (@JohnTierneyNYC)
Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist (@edwardhumes)
Rob Kaplan, Closed Loop Fund (@robbyk)
Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason magazine (@kmanguward)

More:
Kaplan's fact check on the Tierney article
Reason magazine on the cost-benefits of recycling
Mangu-Ward on what prohibitionists get wrong about plastic bags
'DnA' discussion on recycling

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Edward Humes

Jon Meacham on the Destiny and Power of H.W. Bush 9 MIN, 21 SEC

Nine years of personal interviews with America's 41st President have produced 900-pages of sometimes intimate revelations about George H. W. Bush. The 41st president is the subject of the new book Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. The author is former Newsweek editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, now an executive editor at Random House.

Destiny and Power

Jon Meacham

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