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Empire of things

When the head of sustainability at Ikea says we have hit ‘peak stuff’ you know that consumers are tapped out.

So as self-storage units buckle under the pressure of housing things we don’t need and our environment pays the price, it’s time to question the consumerist boom that has gripped the world.

On the show we ask if today’s rampant consumerism is really a defining feature of our lives, or is there more to our material selves?

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by the historian and author Professor Frank Trentmann.

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