‘Wonderland’ / ‘The Aisles Have Eyes”

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Guests: Steven Johnson, Joseph Turow

In his book, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, STEVEN JOHNSON argues that fun and leisure have led to the innovations that have shaped our current age.  From medieval times to the 19th century, Johnson illustrates just how technological advancements in entertainment were instrumental in the direction the world has gone, and how paying attention to these areas will help predict our future. Then, JOSEPH TUROW details how brick-and-mortar stores are watching us when we shop in his new book, The Aisles Have Eyes.  The University of Pennsylvania professor outlines the measures that corporations go to track our buying habits and behaviors in stores like WalMart, Target, Macy’s and grocery stores.

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