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FEATURING ALISON STEWART – Here are some shocking statistics about how Americans live: According to the Los Angeles Times, the average American home has 300,000 items. The average size of homes in the US has nearly tripled over the past half century. And still, 10% of all Americans rent space outside their homes to store the stuff that doesn’t fit. In fact storage rental is apparently the fastest growing part of the real estate industry.

Exploring our propensity to collect and store stuff is my guest Alison Stewart. In her new book ‘Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair With Stuff’ she met all sorts of Americans – hoarders, trash removal experts, and artists who use found objects.

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Alison Stewart, award-winning journalist whose twenty-year career includes anchoring and reporting for NBC News, ABC News, and CBS News. She got her start covering politics for MTV News. Stewart is the author of First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School, and is currently a contributing correspondent for PBS and the host of “Follow Your Past” on The Travel Channel. Her new book is called ‘Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair With Stuff’.

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