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Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 10:06:51 -0400
From: Rhonda Sherman <>
Subject: Affluenza

Thanks to Billy Stern for posting information about
waste reduction and the PBS show entitled "Affluenza."
Last September, PBS premiered "Affluenza," a one-hour
special that explores the epidemic of shopping, overwork,
stress and debt that is infecting Americans in record numbers.
Hosted by Scott Simon of National Public Radio, "Affluenza"
offers a provocative, brisk and sometimes funny look at this
modern-day plague. "Affluenza" traces the historic roots of the
disease, explores the advertising and marketing ploys designed
to sustain it and offers concrete advice about how we can find
a cure for this depression-causing, purse-pilfering disease.

If you're interested in viewing "Affluenza," the videotape is
available from BULLFROG FILMS at 800-543-FROG (e-mail:; Web: I'm a university
extension specialist (i.e. Cooperative Extension Service), and I've
discovered that extension field educators are very interested in this
subject. As many of you know, extension agents educate groups
of people in their counties (4-H, Master Composters, Master Waste
Managers, etc.), so they have the opportunity to spread
the word and show this video to lots of people. I bought a copy
of "Affluenza" to loan out to extension agents and ended up having
to buy a two more copies because so many agents want to
borrow it (20 counties so far). If you're with Cooperative
Extension or a local government, or you're an educator/public
speaker, you may want to consider getting a copy of "Affluenza"
to help spread the word about reducing consumption.

Since we're on this subject, I'll mention my brand-new (free) guide
entitled "Before You Recycle, Choose to Reuse." You can view
and download it from my web page (see address below). Just
click on the web address, then click on "Publications."

Rhonda L. Sherman <>
Solid Waste Management Extension Specialist
Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department
North Carolina State University
Box 7625, Raleigh, NC 27695-7625 U.S.A.
Phone (919) 515-6770 Fax (919) 515-6772
"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents--
it was loaned to you by your children." (Kenyan proverb)


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