Pop Trends, Price Culture

Pop Trends, Price Culture is the podcast with strong opinions and strong language about the intersection of psychology and markets. You can download or listen online (it's free). Host Robert Folsom presents real people and real stories with as they meet in the crossroads of mood and markets.

Robert Folsom has covered politics, popular culture, economics and the financial markets for more than 25 years, via print, radio, video and digital content. Robert has served as a writer and editor with Elliott Wave International since 1992. From 2000 to 2007, his 5-day per week blog on elliottwave.com built an investor readership of some 70,000, who read Robert's unique perspective on everything from media follies to mass psychology to under-reported facts about investing.

  • Terrorism, Markets and ... Facial Recognition Jun 19

    Most of us can recognize a face instantly, and remember it for years. So why do so many of us fail to recognize what actually drives financial markets ... and likewise fail to remember the counterintuitive facts we learn?

    Listen on to hear what we...

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  • Fog of War, Overgrown Ivory, and "Fuzzy Thinking" Jun 12

    "Fuzzy thinking" is an especially debilitating influence of negative mood -- because, obviously, thought precedes action and ... well, you know how the sentence ends:

    Actions are unfocused if the preceding thoughts are fuzzy.

    Listen in to hear what...

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  • Socio in the News: Right Way, Wrong Way - How Do YOU "Do Socionomics"? Jun 05

    There is indeed a right way and a wrong way to "do socionomics" -- which can be said of any rigorous method of analysis. In other words: If you want to get it right, you have to do it right. Each of one of our chosen topics this week can help you do ...

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  • Old Dixie, Androgyny, Inclusion: To Comprehend is Better Than Going Numb May 30

    "I've never seen that before" should be the exception to how we respond to the daily news cycle ... but these days, it seems more like the rule. And I suspect that for a lot of people, this kind of "new normal" may soon seem so abnormal that they...

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  • The Drug War Extracts A Toll to the South, and, Hip to Be Square May 08

    For almost five decades, the so-called "Drug War" in the United States has done what war always does: Compel payments best quantified by blood and treasure.

    Yet that drug war is not confined within U.S. borders. It has involved mind-boggling greater ...

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  • Pop Trends, Price Culture Joins the Full Suite of Socionomic Research May 05

    If you're a regular listener, you know the range of mood-related topics we've covered: Everything from movies to music to baseball to TV to war, and politics and urban planning and marijuana and vigilantes and presidents and comedy ... and economics ...

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  • Part II: Jane vs Goliath - Only in America Apr 28

    Jane Jacobs saw a solution when nobody else even saw a problem. The problem she saw was, planners and architects and master builders of her day held fatally flawed assumptions about human behavior -- that the way people in cities live is perfectly...

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  • Venezuela, France and Beyond: The Sun Never Sets on Mood Apr 24

    The sun never sets on social mood -- and around the world, upheaval and apprehension now fill our screens and headlines, in the mix of mood and politics.

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  • Jane vs Goliath Only in America Apr 21

    One of the greatest and most influential "David vs. Goliath" stories in 20th century America is all but unknown these days. An obscure, apparently ill-equipped female went up against the man who may be history's most prolific developer. This is...

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  • Politics, Mood, and the Men Who Became "Best of Enemies" Apr 07

    In 1968, anyone with a sense of American politics and history knew that they were living in a uniquely tumultuous time. Then, in August '68 came the epic, mood-driven debates between two men that created "The Best of Enemies." You may or may not...

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  • Avoid Myths. Watch the "Trigger" Non-Linear is Healthy Apr 03

    We're living thru an especially ironic moment. More people have more time to learn more information more easily than ever in history. And yet ... we're also up to our collective waists in junk science, fake news, group-think and shameless...

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  • Vaccinations Opioids and the Health Risks of Linear Thinking Mar 31

    What was the most successful medical program in human history? Here's a hint: It began with a counterintuitive, non-linear solution. Yet, social mood at present suggests that counterintuitive thinking is short supply, in helping to solve a current,...

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  • Also in This Week's News: Are "Facts" Evidence of Partisanship Mar 24

    This past week in the news has been like 40 gallons of crazy compressed into a 20-gallon tank. It's too much to keep up with. It's like you want to slap the next person who says "I've never seen this before," except ... you keep hearing yourself say ...

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  • Elections Open the Door in the Moment and into the Future Mar 20

    Elections open the doors and windows for the expression of social mood -- those expressions are obviously specific to the moment, yet "elections have consequences" into the future as well.

    Populism, nationalism, anti-establishment sentiment and the...

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  • It Was the Year America Grew Smaller Mar 17

    It was the one year in the 20th century that the United States population actually decreased in size. Several mood-driven events intersected to create a catastrophic outcome. The question is, what have we learned?...

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  • Before Our Eyes: Mood from Wikileaks to Cuba to Vigilantes Mar 13

    Allow me to state the obvious:

    Nobody is ever not surprised.

    So: The important follow-up question is, "How often are you surprised?"

    A working knowledge of social mood trends really does reduce the element of "surprise" in how you read the news --...

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  • Do Real Vigilantes Ever Really Wear White Hats? Mar 10

    The public loves portrayals of vigilante justice. Memorable vigilantes are sometimes a "good guy," other times they are ... something else. Why? Where did those characters come from? Are there ever "good guy" vigilantes in the real world? These...

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  • "What the Stock Market Can Tell Us About the Greatest Threat to Life on Earth" Mar 06

    This week is a change of pace: The subject title might seem overstated, but it's not. It describes the all-too-serious special report in our just-published study by The Socionomist.

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  • "Rational Man," or, Real Humans in the Real World Mar 03

    It's easy to ignore information that contradicts what you think you know. Yet it's hard later on to find out that the information was right -- and that you were mistaken. We've all been there, and most of us try to learn from our mistakes. But: you...

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  • What University Professors Have in Common with Undocumented Immigrants Feb 27

    You don't often hear a discussion of what university professors have in common with undocumented immigrants. But, we're in a moment when the "not often discussed" dominates the headlines. What is the common denominator that links professors and...

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  • On Mr. Trump: What I Knew THEN Is What I Know NOW Feb 24

    In February 2004, Robert Folsom wrote a column that was published by a major news site. Yes that was 13 years ago, but, in recent months, the subject of that column has become more relevant than ever. For this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture,...

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  • Global Uncertainty, Global Trade, Presidential Scandals: Three Topics, One Influence Feb 21

    Global uncertainty. Global trade. And, presidential scandals. These are the news topics we consider this week, and there's no need to explain just how relevant they are right now. Even so: what we can explain is how these issues reflect the...

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  • Presidential Scandals How Much Damage Do They Do Feb 17

    Some Presidential scandals change history. Others are minor & don't involve the White House directly. But whether large or small, when the scandal s**t hits the fan, the president ends up 'wearing it' in some way.

    The real question is: "How...

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  • The Best Defense Against Fake News Is ... Feb 13

    The meaning behind the words "fake news" makes it one of the fastest-moving phrases I've ever seen. A couple of months ago it described deliberately false journalism. Yet today, "fake news" has morphed into a word weapon some people use to discredit ...

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  • Why a "Nation of Immigrants" Can't Agree On Immigration Feb 10

    Immigration policy has been an epic contradiction all thru U.S. history. America is "a nation of immigrants," yet major political trends in American frequently include outbursts of anti-immigration sentiment.

    Pop Trends, Price Culture offers a way...

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  • Is this like 1968 ... Or 1937 ... Or 1984? Feb 06

    It's getting to harder and harder to find useful comparisons: Is this like 1968? ... or 1937? ... or 1984? Is he Reagan or Nixon or Andrew Jackson or Herbert Hoover? It may feel like we're orbiting around an unnamed planet, but rest assured: The law ...

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  • A Book to Replace "Conventional Macroeconomics" Feb 03

    The Socionomic Theory of Finance presents the years-long work of Robert Prechter. Yet the book also includes 21 essays on socionomics from 12 other scholars, writers, researchers and analysts. That's exactly how a far-reaching new theory of finance...

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  • Part Two: 3 Microphones on Mood, Politics and the "Peaceful" Transfer of Power Feb 01

    This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture is part two of our January 27 "3 Microphones" discussion, with T.R., Alan Hall, and Robert Folsom.

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  • 3 Microphones on Mood, Politics and the "Peaceful" Transfer of Power Jan 27

    In our first ever 3-microphone episode, Alan Hall, Senior Analyst for The Socionomist, joins Robert Folsom and T.R. for an open discussion of social mood, politics, and the "peaceful" transfer of power in Washington D.C.

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  • Flowers Fire Powered, Globalization Crash & Burn, and No Mood for Honeymoon Jan 23

    The more interesting something seems, the more likely you are to engage with it emotionally. Interest and emotion are hard to keep separate -- the closer you look, the more your rational mind can begin to give way to the whims of like and dislike....

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  • "Honeymoon"? Sorry Dear, I'm Not in the Mood Jan 20

    We're in uncharted territory. Donald Trump has defied political history at every turn. But, does history become irrelevant just because you're in uncharted territory? Water is still wet in uncharted territory, and if you cut yourself you'll probably ...

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  • The Russia Putin Trump Train Wreck, vs. News of Unnoticed Risk Jan 17

    Whenever one news story dominates the headlines long enough, other important news can go unnoticed. Like right now: The Russia-Putin-Trump train wreck is a compelling story, but when it comes to a U.S. military confrontation, the risks posed by...

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  • Where and When Art and Life Imitate Mood Jan 13

    Lots of critics say television has been in a second "Golden Era." But truth be told, the phrase 'Dark Golden Era' describes it better -- because the best shows in the past 15 years have indeed been a deep shade of "dark gold."  Listen in and...

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  • Apologies, Fashion Police, and "Rural Purges" Jan 09

    Can apologies fall "out of fashion"?

    Yes indeed, especially grand-scale apologies made for grand-scale injustices done in the past. Negative vs. positive social mood drives the desire to express regret, or not.

    Listen on to hear what we see.

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  • The Rural Purge: "The year CBS killed everything with a tree in it" Jan 06

    The 'Rural Purge' of the 1970-1971 season changed television forever -- it was fast, dramatic and revolutionary, yet it's all but unknown today. This historic transformation reveals an influence more powerful than historians and sociologists can...

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  • Negative Social Mood ... Goes to A Baseball Game Dec 30

    It had been a bear market for a lot of years. The headlines were a parade of scary bad news. People were so polarized that fan groups began to hate on each another's music -- hostility so strong that it became its own trend. Then, an episode of this ...

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  • Your Time and Choices in a Not-So-Typical Week Dec 27

    In a typical week, you have lots and lots of choices about what to read, hear and watch. But this week of the year is not typical -- it's the holidays. Meaning, your choices and time demands feel more crowded.

    Yet you chose to give a few moments of...

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  • A Defense of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge Dec 23

    There's no need to explain the name "Scrooge." It can be spoken playfully, but when someone uses that name seriously you know what it means: Heartless. Unforgiving. Spiteful in a season that calls for generosity. Yet for this Christmas season, Pop...

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  • What Positive Mood Actually Does and When to Stay Current with Your Flu Shot Dec 19

    What does positive social mood actually do?

    For starters, if you're in a population that has enjoyed an extended period of positive mood, outbreaks of disease are less likely to happen. If mood is positive and you personally hold a relatively higher ...

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  • His Voice Rings Like a Bell: Politics and the English Language Dec 16

    Political language is front & center today, more so than at any time in decades. News or fake news, plus liars, lies, damned lies and statistics, have blurred the line between fact, opinion, and shameless BS.

    This episode excerpts an essay that...

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  • In a World of Increasing Opportunity, Why So Much World-Wide Political Anger? Dec 12

    More education. More information. More entertainment. More quality goods and services to consume…

    All this we have, or have available to us. When we live in a world with increasing opportunities to improve our own quality of life, then why do ...

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  • RCA: 40 Years of Unrivaled Success, Yet Always "Catching Up" to 1929 Dec 09

    RCA had an unrivaled influence on 20th century entertainment technologies -- it was the path to stardom for dozens of performers in both the Golden Age of Radio and Television. Yet, RCA share price never truly caught up to 1929. What's the lesson?...

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  • Where There's Smoke - and Where There's Not - There IS Social Mood Dec 05

    "Smoke" is the metaphor or image people commonly use to warn that the heat from a small combustion may soon become a much larger blaze. And that's the word that came to my mind in listening to Brian Whitmer's discussion of populist politics in...

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  • The Political Mood That Made Two Men 'Best of Enemies' Dec 02

    In 1968, anyone with a sense of American politics and history knew that they were living in a uniquely tumultuous time. Then, in August '68 came the epic, mood-driven debates between two men that created "The Best of Enemies." You may or may not...

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  • The Russian Bear, "Pasta-bilities," and Smart Risks Nov 28

    I'm recording this before Thanksgiving, though you're listening to it afterward. I trust your holiday was a good one. Among my reasons to give thanks, nothing is more dear than the freedom to think for myself -- and we assume that readers of this...

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  • Thanksgiving and the Merits of A Smart Risk Nov 25

    We don't usually think of The Pilgrims as "risk takers," but the fact is that they took risks on a scale few of us can even imagine. Yet the smartest risk the Pilgrims took is the one few people even know. Discover what it was in this episode of Pop ...

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  • See the Bigger Picture: It Didn't Start with Trump or "Brexit" Nov 21

    "Global wave of anxiety" is how one news report put it, referring to election outcomes that include Trump and Brexit. Yet the scope of this "wave" goes beyond election politics -- the bigger context is a pronounced shift in the 500-year...

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  • Observations on the "Trump Rally" Nov 18

    Earlier this week, we went to Google News and searched for "Trump market rally." Listen in and hear about a few of the headlines that popped up -- plus, how those headlines contrast with headlines from 8 years ago. That and more in the latest...

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  • Mood Has Consequences: Post Election 2016 Nov 14

    Evidence of the profoundly polarized electorate could not be more clear: One presidential candidate won a narrow majority of the popular vote, the other presidential candidate prevailed in the Electoral College.

    There is a pre-condition for...

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  • A Moment for the Man Who Defined Defiant Humor Nov 11

    Fifty years ago, he was a one-man counterculture defined by mood. Today he is no. 3 on Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. He never stopped defying the government that disapproved of his words. Get the full story from Pop...

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  • A Last Look at "Before," So Buckle Up For the "After" Nov 07

    Next week we'll have one less topic to talk about. Well, to be exact, we'll have moved from the "before" to the "after."

    Point being, yes -- we all want the election to be over. But the trend that drives what comes next (including how the public...

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  • "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" Nov 04

    It was a long time ago, but not so far away: A great historian's timeless essay defined an ugly black thread that is embedded in the fabric of U.S. history. "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" proved so insightful that it anticipated the...

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  • Cyber Attack, Barbie, and Legal Cannabis: Unrandomly Chosen Oct 31

    If you were to randomly pick three stories from the "recent news" hat, you might come up with

    1) Marijuana, 2) Barbie, 3) Cyber attacks.

    They sure seem like random topics, right?

    Well, these stories are our picks this week, but they were not chosen...

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  • How 80 Percent NO Became 60 Percent YES Oct 28

    If you watched the three presidential debates, maybe you thought to yourself, "I wish I could ask a question." Robert Folsom sure did. And he knows what his question would have been. In this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture he recreates what...

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  • Wikileaks Authoritarianism The Ever Braver New World in Biology The Election Oct 24

    As we prepare this episode each week, we usually remind ourselves that you're under no obligation to listen to it. The pressure is on us to make it worth your time -- which is how it should be. To know that you can move on with a simple mouse click...

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  • Election Polls Accuracy and the Future Expression of Public Mood Oct 21

    If Pop Trends, Price Culture is still an active podcast during the NEXT presidential election cycle, we are definitely going to replay today's episode at the right time in the year 2020. Because what we say now will be even more true of the...

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  • What Comes to Mind When Picking a President Hurts THIS Much Oct 17

    "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over."

    Well, almost over. That comment is from Gerald Ford on August 9, 1974, after he was sworn in as President upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.

    At the risk of melodrama, I invoke that...

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  • Life Imitates Art in the Last Ride of Stupid Season Oct 14

    Money. Politics. The media. Plus, subplots that include narcissism, greed, betrayal and sex scandals. Of course these issues lead today's news, yet this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture offers hard evidence that this election cycle amounts to...

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  • The End of 'Not Him!!' vs. 'Not Her!!' is Near. But What Then? Oct 10

    In less than a month, the "Not Him!!" vs. "Not Her!!" stories will come to an end.

    And soon after, one of the two major candidates will discover first-hand just how hard it is to head the Executive Branch of the federal government.

    This week's...

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  • FDR The Words and Deeds of the Commander in Chief Oct 07

    Just before he was re-elected to his third term as president, Franklin D. Roosevelt assured the public that America would not go to war. But go to war it did -- complete with harsh anti-immigration laws, and tens of thousands of naturalized citizens ...

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  • Election 2016: After All the Bluster and Outrage, Is There Still an "Untold" Story? Oct 03

    The 2016 election cycle has been very loud and long. So it's hard to imagine that there's a big "untold story" left to tell. Yet we believe we have one. Namely, that social mood has polarized the American electorate to levels unseen in almost 80...

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  • The Words and Deeds of the Commander–in-Chief Sep 30

    For the past 100 years, social mood has been pivotal in America’s decisions to go to war. This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture shows just how true this was for World War I – despite then-president Woodrow Wilson’s promises to...

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  • Reefer. Group Membership. And, "All You Need is Love." Sep 24

    We've often commented on how mood is the thread that connects otherwise unrelated stories. This week, however, our topics blend beautifully. As in, marijuana, group membership, and The Beatles.

    Let's get started.

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  • An Elementary School Near You? Sentiment & the "Return to Basics" Sep 23

    More than a half-dozen U.S. states have made it mandatory in elementary schools, and 40 more states may do likewise. Have you heard what's on the leading edge of instigating the "Return to Basics"? (hint: ink stains...)

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  • American History's Greatest One-Man Barometer of Social Mood Sep 16

    Master political infighter. Student of human weakness. Bureaucrat supreme. Brilliant Machiavellian schemer. And, "American History's Greatest One-Man Barometer of Social Mood." Discover who this person was -- through a socionomic lens.

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  • You Only THINK You're Solo When You Drive and Globalization Sep 10

    Driving your car is a solo activity. In truth, however, we're almost never truly alone when we drive…

    … Because, we have to share the road with other drivers. Sometimes lots and lots of other drivers. Meaning, road travel is a...

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  • America's Oldest Political Controversy, Front and Center Again Sep 09

    Immigration policy has been an epic contradiction all thru U.S. history. America is “a nation of immigrants,” yet major political trends in American frequently include outbursts of anti-immigration sentiment. Pop Trends, Price Culture...

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  • Larger World Fewer Friends Apologies Adults Become Kids Sep 04

    What is your "Unit of Allegiance"? Assuming you've considered the question, it would be easy to assume that our allegiances and loyalties expand as globalization grows. Yet, that assumption overlooks an equally powerful influence in what drives...

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  • Grownups Become Kids Again, Best Sellers Follow Sep 02

    Which "unusual" category had three books climb to Amazon's list of 10 best-selling books in 2015? Hint: The last time anything like this happened, John F. Kennedy was in the White House and Barbara Streisand had a weird, sappy hit about these very...

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  • The True Story She Tells is Unforgettable: See & Hear It For Yourself Aug 27

    During the April 2013 Social Mood Conference, we knew going in that we had exceptional roster of expert speakers. Numerous PhDs, the Chief Scientist at a hot Silicon Valley startup, a tenured professor at Cambridge. Yet Marah Boyesen -- who teaches...

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  • How Scientific Racism Became an "Intellectual Craze" (part two) Aug 26

    It's easy to think that financial and social manias are fueled only by the unsophisticated and gullible crowd. Yet, please allow us to introduce you to the pseudoscience of Eugenics. That is the trend we discussed in our previous episode.

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  • Mood Pulls Back the Curtain, Before the "News Cycle" Cycles Aug 20

    In the past few weeks the news has overflowed with stories about polarized politics, impotent politicians, and student debt. We've seen those stories too -- yet, we were talking about those issues long before they hit the "news cycle."

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  • The Inexcusable Missing Chapter of U.S. History (part one) Aug 19

    This is one person's story. An anecdote. So why tell it? Because, this story personifies a trend that was much, much larger. What trend is that? Listen in to part one of the two-part tale.

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  • Pot, Public Health and "The Great Bear" on the Move Aug 13

    There's so much mood-related news in the headlines that it's literally hard to know what to include in this week's update. So … how did we decide what to cover? Put simply, we went with the most important stories that the media is covering...

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  • What is the Most Common Activity in America That Gets Citizens Arrested? Aug 12

    What is the most common activity in America that gets citizens arrested? It's a serious question. As you think about an answer, think also about how serious an arrest record is. It follows you like a brand to the forehead. It makes it harder to be...

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  • Too Much News Moving Too Fast? How to Keep Your Eye on the Ball(s) That Matter Aug 06

    The speed and volume of news stories in recent weeks reminds me of the break at the start of a game of pool: The cue ball strikes a tight cluster of 15 other balls, which move so fast that your eye simply can't follow every one of them. So you have...

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  • If the Candidates DO Debate, Here's What They WON'T Talk About Aug 05

    Hillary says Trump is a bigot. Trump says Hillary is the devil. This is the verbal artillery we expect to hear only in the final, desperate days of the campaign. What's left to say once you've spoken those words about your opponent? It's only the...

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  • Let's Ask Again: What Are You Afraid Of? Jul 29

    Does news coverage of "threats" help you know what the threats really are? How DO you think about real vs. perceived threats -- to your safety, health, and life? And, what the heck do bookmakers have to do with these questions? Check out this...

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  • An Explanation of the Pokémon Go Craze You Won't Hear Elsewhere Jul 22

    Why are so many people are playing Pokémon Go? For starters, it's lighthearted fun. Catching Pokémon is kind of like when you chased fireflies as a kid -- they're cool. You want to catch 'em, not kill 'em. And, hordes of Millennials...

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  • Why People Keep Asking, "Is This 1968?" Jul 15

    There's an old saying in war and in politics: "Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself." Yet the two major-party candidates can't even follow that simple wisdom -- which is one of the many reasons we explore, Why People Keep...

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  • How Music Captured the Grief of A Collapsing World (rebroadcast) Jul 08

    As the world was falling apart, a towering maestro gave the world an exquisite composition that both captured and reflected the grievous sentiment of that time. This week's episode of Pop Trends, Prices Culture tells that exceptional story...

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  • The Coming Incivility - No Handshakes After This Election Jul 01

    Even hard-core political junkies have labored to keep up with the 2016 election headlines. Yet in the onslaught of news, there is a huge untold story: Social mood is depopulating the two major political parties…

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  • How to Keep Your Head Above the Waves of News Jun 25

    Socio News in 200 Seconds | Throughout this year, the past few weeks, even the past couple of days -- the waves of memorable news keep rolling in. There's little reason to think the pace will slow down anytime soon. We help ensure that you see what...

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  • The Moral Panic That Tamed the 10-Cent Plague Jun 24

    Before the moral panics that tried to stamp out rock-n-roll, video game violence and satanic ritual abuse, came the first -- and most successful -- crusade to stop the "Seduction of the Innocent." The fact that most people don't know about it tells...

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  • Sugar. Politics. Nazis. Orlando - and more. Jun 18

    Socio in the News in 200 Seconds | Our line-up of topics this week offers a lot to learn, from why Nazis are the ultimate bad guys to a sugar tax to stocks & politics -- even a commentary on "Why Orlando?" It's worth your time to (please) listen ...

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  • Before and After Orlando Jun 17

    If a nation can have a bad week, then the week beginning Sunday June 12 was pretty awful. We all know about the mass shooting in Orlando. Yet what followed only made things worse. The murder of 49 people has been grotesquely politicized -- far MORE...

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  • The Pitfalls of Trend Extrapolation, Europe's Right Wing, and "The Greatest" Jun 11

    Socio in the News in 200 Seconds | Do you understand the pitfalls of cause and effect, action and reaction and trend extrapolation? The correct understanding -- as in, you "get it" in a way you can use -- really is within your grasp. It can begin...

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  • The Greatest? Yes, and Eventually the Whole Planet Agreed Jun 08

    In the 20th century or any other, there's never been a one-man intersection of sports, politics and pop culture, the way we witnessed in Muhammad Ali. Yet this podcast is not mere tribute. We do have something to add, a relevant context to the epic...

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  • What a "Do Anything It Takes" Presidency Looks Like Jun 03

    Can you name the MOST authoritarian government document in U.S. history? A Pulitzer Prize winning author described it as a plan "for America's intelligence services ... to monitor the communications of American citizens, intensify the electronic...

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  • Episode 49: Clones, Dictators, Turmoil in the Amazon, and the Bully King May 29

    This is an amazing time to be a news-watcher, more amazing still if you can actually sort it out along the way. The headline above previews our topics this week -- we go around the world, into the past, and into the future.

    So please strap in for...

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  • The Political Model for the Man Who Would Be Bully May 27

    Who's America's biggest political bully of the past 70 years? That's the question -- so discover how your (elected politician only) answer compares to the person we describe in this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture.

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  • Out With Old is Fine - But You Still Need a Better Model May 22

    In recent decades, many popular models of human behavior -- in politics, urban planning, and financial markets -- have been discarded. The problem with them was...They didn't work. Those flawed models assumed a type of efficiency and rationality in...

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  • Part II - 20th Century Americas Greatest David vs Goliath Story May 20

    Jane Jacobs saw a solution when nobody else even saw a problem. The problem she saw was, that planners and architects and master builders of her day held fatally flawed set of assumptions about human behavior -- that the way people in cities live is ...

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  • More Than 'Right Below the Surface' Mood Gets to the Bottom of the Stories May 15

    After you peel back the spectacle, a lot of news these days is hard to read. Threats and hard-to-calculate risks dwell right below the surface. Yet an understanding of social mood allows you to go deeper than 'right below the surface' -- you can...

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  • 20th Century America's Greatest David vs Goliath Story May 13

    One of the greatest and most influential "David vs. Goliath" stories in 20th century America is all but unknown today. An obscure, apparently ill-equipped female went up against the man who may be history's most prolific developer. This is episode...

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  • Really? People Cant Even Agree About THAT? May 08

    When people no longer agree on who is allowed to go into which public bathroom ... well, something ain't right in the world. And that's literally what this week's news is telling us, from Brazil to Turkey to "American History's Most Presumptive...

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  • American History's Most Presumptive Nominee May 06

    What kind of scenario "leads to a multi-decade setback or dissolution" of one of the major political parties? From the top down and the bottom up, the answer is unfolding right before our eyes. Listen to the big picture story.

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  • Part II: Mood in the Voices of Great Black Comedians Apr 29

    After the long-term stock market low in late 1974, positive social mood slowly began to build. Cultural evidence of the positive turn became visible in the success of great black comedians on stage, in film, and on television. Our friend Dr. Dennis...

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  • How to Hear Mood in the Voices of Great Black Comedians Apr 22

    You know their names -- Pryor, Cosby, Eddie Murphy and more -- the great black comedians of the past 50 years. Yet you may not realize how these great comic voices were also the "audio track" for the trends and turns in social mood across the...

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  • "Social Events" -- Like The Jungle Book & Facebook's Forewarning -- "Come From Somewhere" Apr 18

    I enjoyed meeting and speaking with friends and subscribers this past weekend, during our annual Social Mood Conference in Atlanta. It's a day dedicated to gleaning the trend in mood, as it shows itself in the never-boring flow of news and events we ...

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  • The Only Year America Got (Literally) Smaller Apr 15

    It was the one year in the 20th century that the United States population actually decreased in size. Several mood-driven events intersected to create a catastrophic outcome. The question is, what have we learned?...

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  • The 'Old' Dies Hard, Dystopia Onscreen, Whither Our Politics? Apr 10

    It took a long time for political correctness to become a social norm. But now a mood-driven, "new normal" is in direct conflict with that old social norm: And the violent death of political correctness appears to be unfolding in real time. The...

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  • "Rational Man" vs. The Rest of Us Apr 08

    It's easy to ignore information that contradicts what you think you know. Yet it's hard later on to find out that the information was right -- and that you were mistaken. We've all been there -- and most of us try to learn from our mistakes. But,...

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  • Emptied of Facts, Filled with Stupid (Again) Apr 01

    Who actually tries to get away with making the most outrageous and extreme comments in public? No, not professional wrestlers. The answer is, “Aspirants to the Oval Office.” Pop Trends, Price Culture explained why the Stupid Season of...

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  • How (and Why) Horror Movies Reflect Horror Markets Mar 24

    We survey history's greatest horror films across the decades, and WHY they so often cluster during stock market declines. It's no coincidence. And don't miss the exquisitely done chart that brings the "why" to life visually, on the show notes page.

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  • A Safari Hunter Meets Social Mood: Conference Preview Mar 18

    Alastair Macdonald has a pretty cool resume: Successful business owner, stockbroker on Wall Street, and a real estate investor. Yet he was born & raised in Zimbabwe, so before his career in finance he was a professional hunter and safari guide...

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  • Crack This Phone: Why the FBI Told the Media Before It Told Apple Mar 10

    The FBI knew who it was up against: Apple is a beloved and admired tech company, with hundreds of millions of loyal users. So, the FBI waited until it had a high-profile, clear-cut case of appalling terrorism to make its move. But what the FBI...

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  • 2016 Election Precipice: 'Multi-decade setback, or dissolution' Mar 04

    The 2016 presidential race had already become the most fractious since 1968, yet in the days immediately following Super Tuesday (March 1) this election cycle mutated from a semi-amusing food fight amongst the candidates, and into an epic...

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  • A Lifetime of Elliott, As Told by a 30-Year Wall Street Insider Feb 24

    Andrew Baptiste’s career spans three decades on Wall Street, including senior positions at Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. Yet his familiarity with the Elliott Wave Principle began even earlier, as an insight literally passed from father to...

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  • Sort of War Here, Sort of Peace There? Feb 20

    Sort of war, and sort of peace summarize two of this week's news items. Both involve the U.S. government -- but the curious truth is, the "war" is a domestic dispute with the world's biggest tech company, while the "peace" is with an old...

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  • Conference Preview: Dr. Dennis Elam Combines Pop Culture and Finance Feb 19

    Dr. Dennis Elam is a tenured accounting professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He is an expert in finance, yet Professor Elam blows up stereotypes about the accounting profession. He's incredibly well versed in popular culture: his...

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  • Negative Social Mood: The "Mortar" That Builds Big Walls? Feb 13

    When you see or hear about a really big wall going up, negative social mood is probably at work. Seriously. A very tall and/or long wall is, by definition, exclusive. It's a barrier designed to keep people in or out. How do the dots connect?

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  • Make "Politically Incorrect" Cool … Win the White House? Feb 11

    Win the White House by making it cool to be politically incorrect? This strategy is working for more than one candidate. Even so, the un-PC trend is only an effect. There's a much bigger cause to explain why so many people today despise political...

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  • Why "Dissatisfaction With Government" Is Doing So Well Feb 06

    "What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today"?

    Gallup asks this question in its monthly "Social Series" poll of Americans. Throughout 2015, the most common answer by far was "Dissatisfaction with...

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  • Epic Anger Against A Music Trend … Goes to A Baseball Game Feb 05

    It had been a bear market for a lot of years. The headlines were a parade of scary bad news. People were so polarized that fan groups began to hate on each another's music -- hostility so strong that it became its own trend. Then, an episode of this ...

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  • Mood in This Week's News: Cute Name Ugly Disease, and 'F' is For Fraud Jan 29

    This week we're pulling right from the news headlines: Three items on two issues that aren't going away soon -- namely the Zika disease and debt -- plus, we offer an item on a third topic which may be off the radar for the foreseeable future. Let's...

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  • Name That Fear Tune: What WERE You Afraid Of? Jan 29

    Let's play "Name That Fear Tune." Listen to a couple of brief clips from a certain video presentation, and see if you can guess the topic behind the "fear tune." Hint: It's not the kind of dry documentary that's made for over-educated people...

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  • Pop Star Chameleon, Dark Corners, Political Prisoners - and More Jan 23

    Podcast listeners will probably recall Dennis Elam from our 4th of July episode, "Hear How An Independent Mind Truly Works." Dr. Elam will join us for the 2016 Social Mood Conference in April, which is fast approaching. More on that when you listen...

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  • The Political Prisoners That Positive Mood Could Not Set Free Jan 22

    What happens when you speak against your country's decision to go to war? Nothing good, most of the time: It's the hardest kind of political dissent. Here's a true tale of dissenters who were (so to speak) jailed by negative mood, yet remained in...

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  • Good History Gets the Facts. Socionomics Sheds Light on the Facts That Matter. Jan 16

    Good history gets the facts right. Great history finds the stories that makes the facts come alive. Socionomics is the kind of rigorous tool that helps find stories, even as it sheds light on the facts that matter most. Please listen and enjoy.

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  • Angry Faces of Mood-Driven Politics: Then and Now Jan 15

    If his blunt words or insults hurt your feelings, too bad. As for the media, screw them too -- he's the master of his own message… Those words clearly bring to mind a certain leading presidential contender, but as Pop Trends, Price Culture...

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  • How Memorable Happens: In Movies, 'As Tensions Grow,' In A BIG Movie, & in Summer '68 Jan 08

    Memorable is an easy word to define: "Worth remembering" (so says Merriam-Webster). And, memorable absolutely applies to each of our news items this week. Yet as you read on, you'll also see what's missing from the dictionary definition -- namely,...

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  • Red-Eyed Operating Systems, Nuclear Complacency and Economic Fallacies Dec 31

    The stories this week span a wide range -- from the relationship between the economy and the stock market to "espionage software" in North Korea to waning complacency regarding the threat of nuclear weapons. Plus, this week's episode revisits a...

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  • Relevant Revisit: Econ to Comedy - The Ruin of Heroes Dec 30

    This week's headlines make this episode from April 2015 a "relevant revisit": What could the Federal Reserve and comedian Bill Cosby possibly have in common? In a sentence, “Ruined reputations, thanks to negative social mood.” Yes it...

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  • Harsh Border Controls and Possible Censorship -- But We Don't Neglect Redemption Dec 27

    The U.S. stock market hit its peak for 2015 in May, but has spent a lot of time since then trending lower. And it's not "news" to say that the news itself this year seemed like a flow of mostly negative headlines. We try to keep you a step ahead --...

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  • In Defense of Ebenezer Scrooge Dec 23

    There's no need to explain the name "Scrooge." It can be spoken playfully, but when someone uses that name seriously you know what it means: Heartless. Unforgiving. Spiteful in a season that calls for generosity. Yet for this Christmas season, Pop...

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  • Consumers.Technology. Markets & Society. The Law. What's the Thread? Dec 20

    The stories we offer this week cover a wide range -- including how consumers behave, the role of technology, how markets and social actions are linked, even 'what's legal for adults' as an influence on 'the behavior of teens.' What's the thread that ...

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  • Do It For the Children (or can they 'Do' for themselves?) Dec 18

    Legalization: An influence for teens to smoke pot? The 'King of emotional arguments' goes up against a serious body of facts and evidence, as this episode of Pop Trends Price Culture considers whether the social mood trend will finish what it...

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  • Clones, A Tale of Two Moods, and 'What Are You Afraid Of?' Dec 13

    No matter how diligent a news consumer you are, you can only keep up with so much. Some stories you miss completely, or, somehow you miss important details in the news you do find. We can help close those gaps, so you "get" the trends that drive the ...

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  • What Are You Afraid Of? Dec 11

    Does news coverage of "threats" help you know what the threats really are? How DO you think about real vs. perceived threats -- to your safety, health, and life? And, what the heck do bookmakers have to do with these questions? Check out this...

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  • 'Reflect Human Idiosyncrasy'? Boy, does it ever Dec 06

    'Simply put, the stock market is a creation of man and therefore reflects human idiosyncrasy.' That's a quote from R.N. Elliott, circa 1938. Not only was Elliott on to something -- the "idiosyncrasies" he alludes to actually show up in countless...

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  • "Elvis, Frankenstein and Andy Warhol" Dec 04

    When and where did a national audience first read about popular culture and the stock market? This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture answers that question, and spells out why the insight about social mood is more relevant today than ever.

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  • Give Thanks -- and, Think Unconventionally Nov 29

    As personal freedoms go, what can be more dear than to think for ourselves? Most especially, to think unconventionally. Because unconventional thought and ideas are how you put your freedom in action to make a difference -- to improve and change...

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  • Private Ownership, Collective Thanksgiving Nov 25

    We don't think of The Pilgrims as "risk takers," but the fact is that they took risks on a scale few of us can even imagine. Yet the smartest risk the Pilgrims took is the one few people even know. Discover what it was in this episode -- plus a few...

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  • Mood-Driven Catastrophe(s) on the Ground, But A Better Future in the Air? Nov 22

    When it's positive, collective mood can drive our highest aspirations -- in cultural expressions, and often more tangibly, in applying breakthrough technologies. But when it's negative, collective mood creates and contributes to human misery on a...

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  • Syria: Global Negative Mood Pinpointed on a Map Nov 20

    What makes the upheaval in Syria SO impossible is that 15 separate countries have active military operations in that country. The war also involves non-state group like ISIS, the Kurds, and Hezbollah. With a crisis this thorny, new or useful...

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  • "Very Specific Behaviors" -- The Rise in Home Prices, Paid Dating and Apologies Nov 15

    Social mood drives social actions. It just does. And those actions -- or collective behaviors -- are very specific, depending on whether mood is positive or negative. And, in recent years, the mood trend has been mostly positive. That's the context...

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  • What About the When of Saying I'm Sorry? Nov 13

    "I'm sorry" -- it's the first truly hard-to-say phrase we repeat as children. We all know why apologies matter. Yet with big public apologies, what about the when? Are big apologies more frequent in certain recognizable eras? Pop Trends, Price...

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  • Mortality, Movies, and Not-Just-Medical Marijuana Nov 08

    It's no stretch to say that most people tend to be the most interested in news that overlaps with their own lives. See if this week's socionomics news items go "four for four" in overlapping with your life...



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  • Fed Funds Rate - The Most Important Thing In The World Nov 06

    “The Most Important Thing in the World…” Yes, that is the conventional wisdom about the fed funds rate. No, we are not putting words in anyone’s mouth. Someone really said it: Hear that audio clip – and lots more...

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  • Social Mood: Global, Local, and More Measureable - Right Now Oct 30

    Week in & week out, social mood brings focus to the fuzz of news. This week's lens-in-focus looks at darker shades of global events, your local theatre, and the potential power to measure mood in social media...



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  • Why Financial Opposites Were Crowned as Equals Oct 30

    Can two economists from opposing schools of thought share the Nobel Prize in the same year? They can … and they did. Yet this mixed-up decision becomes clear when you see it as a story about mixed mood. Pop Trends, Price Culture explains how...

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  • What Blazes Green, Who's Your Worst Enemy, and Other Answers Oct 26

    Our topics this week: Pot. More pot. Hack attacks. And, your worst enemy. But please do listen on, because the first topic is actually an invitation to a very cool, free event.


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  • What - or Who - Is An Investor's Greatest Enemy? Oct 23

    The only thing worse than making a bad decision is to make a bad decision and think that it's good.

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  • Clearly Mixed: Yes & No to 'The Other,' Teflon Scandal, Mood During Crisis Oct 18

    Mood is conspicuously mixed around the world right now -- and so are the news items we highlight this week...



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  • The 20th Century's Greatest and Most Chilling Trick or Treat Oct 15

    Halloween is right around the corner: This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture pays tribute to the greatest and most chilling 'Trick or Treat' prank of the 20th century. Let's just say that, if anything, America's mood was a bit too ready for this...

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  • Is a Tool That Measures Darkness 'Shedding Light'? Oct 11

    The question in the headline comes to mind in reviewing our news items for this week (you'll get it as you read on)...



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  • How Music Captured the Grief of A Collapsing World Oct 08

    As the world was falling apart, a towering maestro gave the world an exquisite composition that both captured and reflected the grievous sentiment of that time. This week's episode of Pop Trends, Prices Culture tells part one of an exceptional...

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  • Potheads OFF, Religion DOWN, Denali UP (& more!) Oct 04

    The 'hat' a person chooses to wear, or wants to remove, or for that matter likes or dislikes to begin with -- reflects social mood.



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  • White Hats, Black Hats, and Vigilantes Oct 02

    The public loves portrayals of vigilante justice. Memorable vigilantes are sometimes a ‘good guy,’ other times they are … something else. Why? Where did those characters come from? Are there ever ‘good guy’ vigilantes...

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  • Presidents. Policy. Parties in Power. And, the Freakin' Muppets Grew Up? Sep 27

    This week we tackle the big stuff -- President meets President. Fed Policy. Which Party is in Power. And then there's the re-incarnated Muppets...

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  • How to Make National News by Doing Nothing Sep 25

    More than 80 percent of economists predicted it would happen. The Fed would raise interest rates. It would be the 'All Clear' signal for the economy. But... it didn't happen. The entire economics profession was caught off guard. Listen to the...

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  • Mood Makes Stuff Happen: Politics, Pot, Taxes & War Sep 20

    As always, our weekly audio comments offer you a perspective on news and events that you simply can't hear elsewhere. There's a lot to fit in to these 200 seconds...


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  • Part 2: How - and Why - We Go to War Sep 16

    Just before he was re-elected, the President assured the public that America would not go to war. But go to war it did -- complete with harsh anti-immigration laws, and tens of thousands of naturalized citizens in "relocation camps." No, this isn't...

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  • Prechter on Theory, News in Practice Sep 13

    "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." That's a great quote, even if it wasn't from Winston Churchill. Another way to put is, 'Your theory needs to be consistent with real outcomes'...



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  • Part 1: How - and Why - We Go to War Sep 11

    For the past 100 years, social mood has been pivotal in America’s decisions to go to war. This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture shows just how true this is was for World War I – despite...



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  • Faith. Police Violence. Students in Default. Immigration. So Where's the "Fit"? Sep 06

    At a glance, this week's news items have nothing in common: Religion, a police shooting, defaults on student loans, and immigration. If you're a regular reader, you know that we sometimes bundle topics which don't appear to "fit." But then they...

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  • Immigration - Political Stupid Season Escalates Sep 03

    Immigration policy has been an epic contradiction all thru U.S. history. America is “a nation of immigrants,” yet major political trends in America frequently include outbursts of anti-immigration...



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  • Banksy's Bemusement, World's Biggest Unbuilt Waterway, Dark Movie for Dark August Aug 30

    A $50 billion unbuilt canal. A just-built, end-of-days 'Bemusement Park.' A hand-picked, classic 'movie-as-metaphor' that captures the dark market mood of August 2015. Yes, that's the range of stories which comprise our news selection this week...

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  • Financial Markets in August 2015: Which Movie As Metaphor? Aug 28

    “October falls in August this year.” That’s how a colleague described the recent global financial market chaos. Financial assets have lost value across the board – in a word, Deflation. Investors with no place to turn feel...

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  • What Stories Do You MISS When Markets Go Crazy? Aug 23

    When markets go crazy -- and lots of markets have been crazy lately -- it tends to dominate the financial news. Yet in all that coverage, what you won't read is, "Mood is shifting..."



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  • Why Homeownership Is at 50 Year Lows Aug 21

    If the U.S. housing market has “recovered,” then why has homeownership just fallen to its lowest level in 50 years -- after years of record low interest rates? Hint: “Markets flooded with credit often morph from an economic market...

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  • Social Mood Gets It -- Like "Instant Replay" for Collective Trends and Events Aug 16

    Instant replay in sports is a great use of technology -- not only to re-watch good plays, but also to remind us how much we fail to see even while we're watching. It's no stretch to say that socionomics is a kind of instant replay for collective...

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  • The Blunt Truth: China is Exporting Deflation Aug 14

    Reports about this week’s biggest global finance news all used the same basic headline: ‘China Devalues Currency!’ But, we think that headline doesn’t ‘get it’ – since it fails to identify the blunt truth...

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  • Feel the Sentiment. Feel the "Inclusive" -- See Social Mood at Work Aug 09

    Social mood is trending mostly positive -- so keep an eye out not only for which stories make the news, but also how that news gets reported. Listen on to see what we see in this week's news.



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  • Emptied of Facts, Filled with Stupid Aug 07

    Who actually tries to get away with making the most outrageous and extreme comments in public? No, not professional wrestlers. The answer is, “Aspirants to the Oval Office.” Pop Trends, Price Culture explains why the Stupid Season of...

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  • Hillary Clinton. Alan Greenspan. China. And, Gotham at Its Best Aug 02

    This really may be the best moment of the past 50 years to visit and see the city of New York from a socionomic perspective...



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  • The Smell of China's Meltdown, Six Months Ago Jul 31

    The meltdown of China’s stock market is arguably the biggest global financial story so far in 2015. The decline began barely six weeks ago, yet the Shanghai index has lost nearly one-third of its value.



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  • "Substantial Consensus" About Space, Baby Names, and (Believe it or not) Old Symbols Jul 27

    "A rising mood leads to a substantial consensus in politics, culture and social vision; a falling mood leads to a divided radical climate." So said Bob Prechter in the "Components of Mood" chapter of his seminal book...



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  • Offered: A Perspective On Why Charleston Didn't Go Up in Flames Jul 24

    A few provocative questions: Just over a month ago, 9 people were murdered in a church in Charleston, SC. What if people there had responded by looting and destroying property?



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  • Provocations, and Patience vs. Anger: Are Nations Really Like People? Jul 17

    Nations can pursue peace or make war for countless reasons: Trade, borders, weapons, access to resources... even grievances from a previous war. Nations are not people, yet people and nations alike can be predisposed to respond to a provocation with ...

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  • What Makes Mortal Enemies Make Nice? Jul 17

    To “demonize the enemy” is a staple of war propaganda. But, you don’t need a war to call your enemy demonic. Case in point, the United States and Iran for the past 35 years – as in, “The Great Satan” vs....

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  • Real Wars Cost Real Money and Kill Real People Jul 10

    It's true: "Real wars have real costs and real casualties." By that yardstick, America's war with the Islamic State (ISIS) is a drop in the bucket...



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  • Marijuana, Eight Presidents, One Neurosurgeon - and Social Mood Jul 09

    What made a sitting president go on TV to show America a big bag of crack cocaine - literally? And what made a later president drop the phrase “War On Drugs” from his vocabulary?

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  • Growth Patterns: From 100 Million Times Six, to Mood in the Summer Jul 02

    When it comes to geologic time scales, 600 million years is a big span. As in, long enough to accommodate the life cycle of every carbon-based life form in the entire fossil record. That is indeed the ambition of the just-published lead article in...

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  • 4th of July Week: Hear How an "Independent Mind" Truly Works Jul 01

    Real liberty begins with independent thinking -- and Professor Dennis Elam is really good at it. You heard his insights for yourself if you caught part one of our interview, and in part two he covers an even more amazing range of topics...



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  • "Big" Stories in This Weeks's News -- And Your Big Invite to the Big Apple Jun 26

    Mood is big right now -- which is translating to a host of recent news stories, including our offerings this week on trade deals, and the inability of supply to keep up with the demand for Sport Utility Vehicles...



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  • How this Professor Makes 'Fascinating' and 'Accounting' Work in the SAME Sentence Jun 24

    Dr. Dennis Elam is a tenured professor of accounting at Texas A & M University, San Antonio. He is an expert in finance, yet Professor Elam blows up stereotypes about the accounting profession. He's incredibly well versed in popular culture: his ...

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  • A Social Mood Primer on the Benefits of Self Awareness Jun 19

    "I just learned something new!" Enthusiasm goes well with those words. New knowledge can be very pleasing. But, what if the "something new" is a truth about yourself that is not pleasing? ...



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  • The Rise of the Anti-Authoritarians: Then and Now Jun 18

    Can you name the MOST authoritarian government document in U.S. history? A Pulitzer Prize winning author described it as a plan "for America's intelligence services ... to monitor the communications...



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  • A Most Universally Mistaken Assumption: Events "Lead," Mood "Follows" Jun 12

    The Internet is very good at giving digital consumers what they want -- from the stupid and salacious, to the brilliant and beautifully written. Alas, what's all-too rare is any discussion of social mood as its own topic...

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  • Here's Where Art AND Life Imitate Mood Jun 11

    Lots of critics say television has been in a second "Golden Era." But truth be told, the phrase 'Dark Golden Era' describes it better -- because the best shows in the past 15 years have indeed been a deep shade of "dark gold."  Listen in and...

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  • Cracking the Mysteries of Biology with Big-Picture Social Mood Jun 05


    High school science teachers like to say that biology helps us understand ourselves. Clearly so. But, some recent news stories about biology in the lab -- plus other news stories about biology "on the street" -- describe biology-related outcomes in ...

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  • No Turning the Dial on This Prime Time Revolution Jun 03

    The 'Rural Purge' of the 1970-1971 season changed television forever -- it was fast, dramatic and revolutionary, yet it's all but unknown today. This historic transformation reveals an influence more powerful than historians and sociologists can...

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  • Where You Find Social Mood Really DOES Depend on Where You Look May 29

    Let's face it: Totalitarian governments rarely get pushback from citizens, especially in a place like North Korea. Folks there just don't get up in arms about cable company mergers and phone surveillance...

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  • What Happened When A Safari Hunter Met Social Mood May 27

    Alastair MacDonald has a pretty cool resume: Successful business owner, stockbroker on Wall Street, and a real estate investor. Yet he was born & raised in Zimbabwe, so before his career in finance he was a professional hunter and safari guide....

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  • Dark in Fiction, Dark in Fact: Will YOU Be Ready When "It Gets Real"? May 22

    Our mix of stories this week literally reflect today's mixed social mood. The Dow Industrials stand near an all-time high. But a swirl of events -- from ultra-violent fiction on HBO, to real mayhem in Texas, to the virtually unreported stories of...

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  • If Cash Is King, Is Government An Assassin? May 20

    Two stories this week reveal huge possible abuses of government power. Both stories were vastly underreported in the media -- and both also sound too far-fetched to be true... but they are.



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  • These Nations Are "Near," But Their Mood Is "Far" (and more!) May 15

    What does positive social mood actually do? For starters, it helps you hold your cushy job as Prime Minister of a country everybody knows. But -- in another country everybody also knows -- negative...



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  • Old Tech/New Tech: Spying on U.S. Citizens Is Mood Off the Rails May 13

    The 100-year rise of the security state did NOT happen in subtle steps across decades. Instead, nearly all the growth came during identifiable SURGES — specific periods when the downtrend in social mood fueled the uptrend of authoritarianism....

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  • Wrong Political Question at Home, Tinderbox Abroad, and a Bad for the Brain Sugar Habit May 07

    Social mood this week previews the wrong question about politics at home and an incendiary assessment of the Euro-trend offer two previews of the future. And in the present, Warren Buffet's beverage.



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  • How NOT to Treat Our Soldiers: A Forgotten True Tale May 06

    When Uncle Sam said 'I want YOU' they stepped forward. But after 14 years the U.S. government STILL would not pay the money it owed tens of thousands of military veterans for their war service. This shameful true story previews the rise of the...

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  • Turmoil, Resentment and Peril on Land, Sea and ... in Cyberspace May 02

    This week we can observe social mood from three different angles, literally -- on land, on the sea, and in cyberspace. What's more, these stories -- violence in the streets, death at sea, and the resentment of prosperity -- each have a history that...

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  • A 30 Year Wall Street Insider Describes A Lifetime of Elliott Apr 29

    Andrew Baptiste’s career spans three decades on Wall Street, including senior positions at Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. Yet his familiarity with the Elliott Wave Principle began even earlier, as an insight literally passed from father to...

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  • A Bad Call and Busted Career, Reconsidered Apr 15

    Can you name the first “Rock Star” economist? No, not Robert Shiller. Not Greenspan. Not even Milton Friedman. It was the 1920s, when virtually every literate American knew Irving Fisher. Yet one bad market call made him a laughingstock...

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  • Econ to Comedy: The Ruin of Heroes Apr 08

    What could the Federal Reserve and comedian Bill Cosby possibly have in common? In a sentence, “Ruined reputations, thanks to negative social mood.” Yes it sounds bizarre -- but hear Robert Folsom and TR explore WHY the ugly hidden...

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  • A Bullish Ghost Inhabits Market Sentiment Apr 02

    When do you know the past is about to repeat itself? Well, in the stock market that time comes when you hear phrases like "This time it's different," or, like today's "New Normal." Get the 9-minute story in this week's podcast from Pop Trends, Price ...

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  • The Fed Loses Its "Superpowers" Mar 31

    The central bank has a story to tell about itself. Should you believe it? If not, why not? We explain why the Fed wants you to think it has superpowers, even as it befuddles you with preposterous language. But, a whistleblower’s inconvenient...

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  • The Who and Why of Getting PAID to Borrow Money Mar 25

    How do you define "Deflation"? Hint: It begins with psychology, NOT with falling prices. Deflation turns the economy and financial world upside down, to the point that borrowers get PAID by lenders. Get the 9-minute story in this episode of Pop...

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  • Horror Movies, Horror Markets Mar 17

    We survey history's greatest horror films across the decades, and WHY they so often cluster during stock market declines. It's no coincidence. And don't miss the exquisitely done chart that brings the "why" to life visually, on the show notes below. ...

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