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Stacy Mitchell Talks Walmart & Challenging Corporate Power on WNUR’s This Is Hell!

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2013 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

In this 30-minute interview on “This Is Hell!”, voted Chicago’s best talk radio show, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell talks about how Walmart is undermining the American economy and why being more engaged citizens, rather than better consumers, is the best way to counter corporate power.

Listen to the show (Stacy comes in at the 2-hour mark).

Program overview from This Is Hell:

Saturday on a live four-hour This is Hell! beginning at 9AM (US central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3 FM… Your bitter blind broke gap toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviews…

Barbara Garson is the author of a series of books describing American working lives at historical turning points…

Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank …

Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where she directs an initiative on independent business. The Institute of Local Self-Reliance has, according to their website, “Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership.” Stacy recently posted the Alternet columns, “Walmart’s Latest Scheme to Replace the Middle Class With an Underclass Forced to Buy its Shoddy Goods,” and “How Chains Like Walmart and Whole Foods Free Ride on Taxpayers at the Expense of Responsible Small Businesses.” Catch her recent TED Talk, “Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy.”

Live from London, Chris Woods is an award-winning London-based investigative journalist and documentary film maker…

Our irregular correspondents will be Greg Palast who has found “The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis,” and Michael Roper, proprietor of the Hopleaf.

Listen to the show (Stacy comes in at the 2-hour mark).

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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy.


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