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The Minimalists

Too much stuff in our lives. We’ll talk to “The Minimalists,” who say throw it away, and don’t look back.

The minimalist (Yann Audras/Flickr)

The minimalist (Yann Audras/Flickr)

Black Friday and its cousins Cyber Monday and all crazy shopping days do not exactly show us at our most Zen.  Out there grabbing and clutching and scrambling and shopping.  At midnight, in lines, in mobs.  My guests today say goodbye to all that.

They don’t shop ‘til they drop.  In fact, they’ve given a lot of their stuff away.  Simplified their lives down to the essentials.  Tagged themselves “minimalists.”  And they say they feel richer, freer, more focused, more alive.

This hour, On Point:  Goodbye to all that junk.  We’re bringing in the minimalists.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Matt Townsend, reporter for Bloomberg News.

Joshua Fields Millburn, an essayist and author, he writes at theminimalists.com. You can find one of his articles on becoming a minimalist here.

Ryan Nicodemus, an essayist and author, he writes at theminmalists.com. You can find one of his articles on minimalism here.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Minimalists “This Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Retailers prepare months in advance for this day—preparation that’s meant to stimulate your insatiable desire to consume.”

ABC News “Two people were shot outside a Walmart in Florida today, one of a rash of fights, robberies and other incidents that have cropped up on one of the most ballyhooed shopping days of the year. ”

Video: Minimalists Interview

Check out this Youtube interview with The Minimalists.

Playlist

Let It Go by Chris Smither
Simple Life by Casey Abrams

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