The Politics of Everything podcast

Behind the Shoplifting Panic

15 Sekunden vorwärts
15 Sekunden vorwärts
On any given day, it’s easy to find a new video on the internet or social media purporting to show a violent retail theft. Such videos make riveting viewing, and—coupled with reports from chain retailers about a plague of theft affecting their bottom lines—might suggest we’re in a golden age of shoplifting. The reality, however, is likely much more complex. On episode 73 of The Politics of Everything, co-hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene chat with New York magazine staff writer James D. Walsh about how organized retail theft has evolved over the past decade, and with Amanda Mull, staff writer at The Atlantic, about the puzzling lack of data about theft and what other factors could be contributing to the perception of a great shoplifting surge. This episode is sponsored by Cambridge University Press. To learn more, please visit, and save 20% off with discount code LBJ20. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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