A History of Useless American Crap

A History of Useless American Crap

Constant Wonder


Episode: Clutter

  • Apr 8, 2021 6:00 pm
  • 14:47 mins

We all have crap in our lives: free T-shirts, a snow globe collection, little knickknacks that we never quite manage to throw away. What's the allure of cheap, useless stuff? The dollar store has vestiges of childhood treasure hunts, and so many of us fall prey to the promise of a great deal. But there's something American about our willingness to "encrappify" our lives. Guest: Wendy Woloson, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden, and author of “Crap: A History of Cheap Stuff in America“