American Girl dolls, Bottled water

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A young shopper scopes merchandise at the annual American Girl Benefit.
A young shopper scopes the merchandise at the Madison Children’s Museum’s annual American Girl Benefit in 2018. For more than 35 years, proceeds from the sale have benefited the museum and arts programming for Dane County kids. Photo courtesy of the Madison Children’s Museum

The authors of a new book about the history and influence of the American Girl company join us to share the story. Plus, bottled water is the most consumed packaged drink in the world, but it comes with plenty of concerns. We learn how the industry grew so big.

Featured in this Show

  • How American Girl books and dolls shaped a generation

    The authors of a new book about American Girl take us on a trip down memory lane to explore the cultural legacy of the iconic Wisconsin-based company.

  • The fight against bottled water

    The past three decades have seen a meteoric rise in the popularity of bottled water, which is now the most consumed package drink in the world. It’s also a controversial beverage due to lax industry regulations and plastic waste. The author of a new book traces how we got here—and how the growth of bottled water has not only threatened the environment but exacerbated social inequality.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Richelle Wilson Producer
  • Allison Horrocks Guest
  • Mary Mahoney Guest
  • Daniel Jaffee Guest

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