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Wal-Mart is the biggest of all big boxes, the largest company and employer in the world, and a daily newsmaker. The story of Wal-Mart is as big as the company itself, crossing a range of issues from globalization to the environment, to race, gender and class.
On this edition, we take you inside the walls of the infamous big box retailer to hear how the company is responding to withering criticism from activists, what Wal-Mart’s financial success means for workers and small business owners, and a flap over a pro-Wal-Mart advertisement that compared a city zoning ordinance to book burning in Nazi Germany.
Mark Ford, professor, Northern Arizona University; Bill Straus, regional director, Arizona Anti-Defamation League; Becky Daggett, organizer; Chuck Coughlin, President of Highground, Inc.; Paul Blank, Director of “Wake Up Wal-Mart”; Harley Shaiken, professor, UC Berkley; Cynthia Lin, Wal-Mart’s California communications director; Joyce Gossette, Assistant Manager of Wal-Mart in Mountain View, California; Santos Abriam, Wal-Mart employee; Mark Joseph, City Manager, American Canyon, California; Como Senek, convenience store owner; Wendy Polling, owner of Beehive Scrapbook; Karen Weed, Longs Drugs Cosmetics Manager; Mark Albright, St. Petersburg Times; Dan Fogleman, Wal-Mart Executive; Paul Allen, manager of Wal-Mart in Tampa, Florida; Melanie, Wal-Mart employee; Chris, Wal-Mart Store Manager; Doris, Wal-Mart customer.
This week’s host: Justin Beck. Segment producers: Ben Trefny and Andrew Stelzer.
For more information:
Friends of Flagstaff’s Future – Flagstaff, AZ
Highground Inc. – Phoenix, Arizona
National Anti-Defamation League – Phoenix, AZ