Subscription technology ownership, Secret family languages

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A person uses a smart phone in Chicago.
In this Sept. 16, 2017, photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago. AP Photo

We talk to a consumer advocate about more consumer goods are requiring subscriptions. Then, we learn more about how families create special words or phrases that only mean something to themselves.

Featured in this Show

  • You don't buy technology, you rent it

    From phones to farm equipment and coffee makers to cars, a growing number of consumer goods require ongoing subscriptions to work or limit the ability to get repairs. A consumer advocate says we’re witnessing the death of ownership–and it’s costing us money.

  • Familects: Secret languages of intimacy and connection

    We talk to a language expert about “familects”—the unique words and phrases we develop within our tight-knit social groups to establish and strengthen our connections to one another.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Rob Ferrett Producer
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Nathan Proctor Guest
  • Martha Barnette Guest

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