As Black Friday approaches, holiday shopping is in full swing. However, with an uncertain economic outlook, consumers are facing big decisions about their spending habits this season. Are they planning to splurge or save? To gain insights into holiday spending and consumer confidence, we spoke with Wharton Marketing Professor Kate Lamberton.

Meanwhile, culinary historian Sarah Lohman traveled across the United States to discover rare foods at risk of extinction. In her new book, Endangered Diets, she shares her findings on foods such as New Jersey apples, Carolina sweet peanuts, Buckeye chicken, Coachella Valley dates, and Hawaiian heritage sugar cane. Lohman discusses the importance of putting heritage foods back on our tables and the efforts being made by farmers, ranchers, scientists and activists to preserve them.

Finally, VHII’s new podcast Art Outside is set to debut Tuesday. The podcast will focus on Philadelphia’s public art scene and feature five street artists. Hosted by renowned street class blogger Conrad Benner, the series will explore the influences and motivations behind creating art outdoors. The inaugural episode will feature “Philadelphia’s Bansky,” who is taking on the Philadelphia Parking Authority with his art.

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