371: Scenes From a Mall

371: Scenes From a Mall

Dec 26, 2008
This American Life spends several days in a mall in suburban Tennessee, to document life in the mall during the run-up to Christmas. Also, a rift in a national association of professional Santas—the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas (yes, there is such a group).
Note: this is the 2010 version of an episode that originally aired in 2008. A few stories have been re-arranged and some content updated.
  • We meet Russell, 19, the best mobile phone salesman in the mall — and possibly anywhere. His talent for sales is matched only by those of his girlfriend, Chandler, 18, a waitress. (6 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentRetail/CommerceRomance

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In-depth interview with . . . the Galleria.

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