History of the shopping mall, Myths about religion and politics

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A quiet Hilldale Shopping Center in Madison
This March, 25, 2020 photo shows a quiet Hilldale Shopping Center in Madison. Most businesses are closed while restaurants remain open for carry out and delivery. Paul Matushek/WPR

The shopping mall was a social gathering spot for people of all ages for decades. We trace the rise and resurgence of the mall. We also dig into what data show us about how religion and politics impact each other.

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  • Perception vs. reality on religion and politics

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Clara Neupert Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Alexandra Lange Guest
  • Ryan Burge Guest

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