Pop Trends, Price Culture

Pop Trends, Price Culture is the podcast with strong opinions and strong language about the intersection of psychology and markets. You can download or listen online (it's free). Host Robert Folsom presents real people and real stories with as they meet in the crossroads of mood and markets.

  • Part II: Jane vs Goliath - Only in America Apr 28

    Jane Jacobs saw a solution when nobody else even saw a problem. The problem she saw was, planners and architects and master builders of her day held fatally flawed assumptions about human behavior -- that the way people in cities live is perfectly...

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  • Jane vs Goliath: Only in America Apr 21

    One of the greatest and most influential "David vs. Goliath" stories in 20th century America is all but unknown these days. An obscure, apparently ill-equipped female went up against the man who may be history's most prolific developer. This is...

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  • Vaccinations, Opioids and the Health Risks of Linear Thinking Mar 31

    What was the most successful medical program in human history? Here's a hint: It began with a counterintuitive, non-linear solution. Yet, social mood at present suggests that counterintuitive thinking is short supply, in helping to solve a current,...

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  • Also in This Week's News: Are "Facts" Evidence of Partisanship? Mar 24

    This past week in the news has been like 40 gallons of crazy compressed into a 20-gallon tank. It's too much to keep up with. It's like you want to slap the next person who says "I've never seen this before," except ... you keep hearing yourself say ...

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  • Do Real Vigilantes Ever Really Wear White Hats? Mar 10

    The public loves portrayals of vigilante justice. Memorable vigilantes are sometimes a "good guy," other times they are ... something else. Why? Where did those characters come from? Are there ever "good guy" vigilantes in the real world? These...

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  • "Rational Man," or, Real Humans in the Real World Mar 03

    It's easy to ignore information that contradicts what you think you know. Yet it's hard later on to find out that the information was right -- and that you were mistaken. We've all been there, and most of us try to learn from our mistakes. But: you...

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  • On Mr. Trump: What I Knew THEN Is What I Know NOW Feb 24

    In February 2004, Robert Folsom wrote a column that was published by a major news site. Yes that was 13 years ago, but, in recent months, the subject of that column has become more relevant than ever. For this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture,...

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  • Presidential Scandals How Much Damage Do They Do Feb 17

    Some Presidential scandals change history. Others are minor & don't involve the White House directly. But whether large or small, when the scandal s**t hits the fan, the president ends up 'wearing it' in some way.

    The real question is: "How...

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  • Why a "Nation of Immigrants" Can't Agree On Immigration Feb 10

    Immigration policy has been an epic contradiction all thru U.S. history. America is "a nation of immigrants," yet major political trends in American frequently include outbursts of anti-immigration sentiment.

    Pop Trends, Price Culture offers a way...

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  • A Book to Replace "Conventional Macroeconomics" Feb 03

    The Socionomic Theory of Finance presents the years-long work of Robert Prechter. Yet the book also includes 21 essays on socionomics from 12 other scholars, writers, researchers and analysts. That's exactly how a far-reaching new theory of finance...

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  • Part Two: 3 Microphones on Mood, Politics and the "Peaceful" Transfer of Power Feb 01

    This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture is part two of our January 27 "3 Microphones" discussion, with T.R., Alan Hall, and Robert Folsom.

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  • 3 Microphones on Mood, Politics and the "Peaceful" Transfer of Power Jan 27

    In our first ever 3-microphone episode, Alan Hall, Senior Analyst for The Socionomist, joins Robert Folsom and T.R. for an open discussion of social mood, politics, and the "peaceful" transfer of power in Washington D.C.

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  • "Honeymoon"? Sorry Dear, I'm Not in the Mood Jan 20

    We're in uncharted territory. Donald Trump has defied political history at every turn. But, does history become irrelevant just because you're in uncharted territory? Water is still wet in uncharted territory, and if you cut yourself you'll probably ...

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  • Where and When Art and Life Imitate Mood Jan 13

    Lots of critics say television has been in a second "Golden Era." But truth be told, the phrase 'Dark Golden Era' describes it better -- because the best shows in the past 15 years have indeed been a deep shade of "dark gold." Listen in and hear...

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  • The Rural Purge: "The year CBS killed everything with a tree in it" Jan 06

    The 'Rural Purge' of the 1970-1971 season changed television forever -- it was fast, dramatic and revolutionary, yet it's all but unknown today. This historic transformation reveals an influence more powerful than historians and sociologists can...

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  • Negative Social Mood ... Goes to A Baseball Game Dec 30

    It had been a bear market for a lot of years. The headlines were a parade of scary bad news. People were so polarized that fan groups began to hate on each another's music -- hostility so strong that it became its own trend. Then, an episode of this ...

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  • His Voice Rings Like a Bell: Politics and the English Language Dec 16

    Political language is front & center today, more so than at any time in decades. News or fake news, plus liars, lies, damned lies and statistics, have blurred the line between fact, opinion, and shameless BS.

    This episode excerpts an essay that...

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  • RCA: 40 Years of Unrivaled Success, Yet Always "Catching Up" to 1929 Dec 09

    RCA had an unrivaled influence on 20th century entertainment technologies -- it was the path to stardom for dozens of performers in both the Golden Age of Radio and Television. Yet, RCA share price never truly caught up to 1929. What's the lesson?...

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  • The Political Mood That Made Two Men 'Best of Enemies' Dec 02

    In 1968, anyone with a sense of American politics and history knew that they were living in a uniquely tumultuous time. Then, in August '68 came the epic, mood-driven debates between two men that created "The Best of Enemies." You may or may not...

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  • Observations on the "Trump Rally" Nov 18

    Earlier this week, we went to Google News and searched for "Trump market rally." Listen in and hear about a few of the headlines that popped up -- plus, how those headlines contrast with headlines from 8 years ago. That and more in the latest...

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  • "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" Nov 04

    It was a long time ago, but not so far away: A great historian's timeless essay defined an ugly black thread that is embedded in the fabric of U.S. history. "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" proved so insightful that it anticipated the...

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  • How 80 Percent NO Became 60 Percent YES Oct 28

    If you watched the three presidential debates, maybe you thought to yourself, "I wish I could ask a question." Robert Folsom sure did. And he knows what his question would have been. In this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture he recreates what...

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  • Election Polls Accuracy and the Future Expression of Public Mood Oct 21

    If Pop Trends, Price Culture is still an active podcast during the NEXT presidential election cycle, we are definitely going to replay today's episode at the right time in the year 2020. Because what we say now will be even more true of the...

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  • What Comes to Mind When Picking a President Hurts THIS Much Oct 17

    "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over."

    Well, almost over. That comment is from Gerald Ford on August 9, 1974, after he was sworn in as President upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.

    At the risk of melodrama, I invoke that...

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  • Life Imitates Art in the Last Ride of Stupid Season Oct 14

    Money. Politics. The media. Plus, subplots that include narcissism, greed, betrayal and sex scandals. Of course these issues lead today's news, yet this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture offers hard evidence that this election cycle amounts to...

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  • An Elementary School Near You? Sentiment & the "Return to Basics" Sep 23

    More than a half-dozen U.S. states have made it mandatory in elementary schools, and 40 more states may do likewise. Have you heard what's on the leading edge of instigating the "Return to Basics"? (hint: ink stains...)

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  • American History's Greatest One-Man Barometer of Social Mood Sep 16

    Master political infighter. Student of human weakness. Bureaucrat supreme. Brilliant Machiavellian schemer. And, "American History's Greatest One-Man Barometer of Social Mood." Discover who this person was -- through a socionomic lens.

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  • America's Oldest Political Controversy, Front and Center Again Sep 09

    Immigration policy has been an epic contradiction all thru U.S. history. America is "a nation of immigrants," yet major political trends in American frequently include outbursts of anti-immigration sentiment. Pop Trends, Price Culture offers a way...

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  • Grownups Become Kids Again, Best Sellers Follow Sep 02

    Which "unusual" category had three books climb to Amazon's list of 10 best-selling books in 2015? Hint: The last time anything like this happened, John F. Kennedy was in the White House and Barbara Streisand had a weird, sappy hit about these very...

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  • How Scientific Racism Became an "Intellectual Craze" (part two) Aug 26

    It's easy to think that financial and social manias are fueled only by the unsophisticated and gullible crowd. Yet, please allow us to introduce you to the pseudoscience of Eugenics. That is the trend we discussed in our previous episode.

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  • The Inexcusable Missing Chapter of U.S. History (part one) Aug 19

    This is one person's story. An anecdote. So why tell it? Because, this story personifies a trend that was much, much larger. What trend is that? Listen in to part one of the two-part tale.

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  • What is the Most Common Activity in America That Gets Citizens Arrested? Aug 12

    What is the most common activity in America that gets citizens arrested? It's a serious question. As you think about an answer, think also about how serious an arrest record is. It follows you like a brand to the forehead. It makes it harder to be...

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  • Let's Ask Again: What Are You Afraid Of? Jul 29

    Does news coverage of "threats" help you know what the threats really are? How DO you think about real vs. perceived threats -- to your safety, health, and life? And, what the heck do bookmakers have to do with these questions? Check out this...

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  • An Explanation of the Pokémon Go Craze You Won't Hear Elsewhere Jul 22

    Why are so many people are playing Pokémon Go? For starters, it's lighthearted fun. Catching Pokémon is kind of like when you chased fireflies as a kid -- they're cool. You want to catch 'em, not kill 'em. And, hordes of Millennials...

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  • Why People Keep Asking, "Is This 1968?" Jul 15

    There's an old saying in war and in politics: "Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself." Yet the two major-party candidates can't even follow that simple wisdom -- which is one of the many reasons we explore, Why People Keep...

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  • The Coming Incivility - No Handshakes After This Election Jul 01

    Even hard-core political junkies have labored to keep up with the 2016 election headlines. Yet in the onslaught of news, there is a huge untold story: Social mood is depopulating the two major political parties...

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  • The Moral Panic That Tamed the 10-Cent Plague Jun 24

    Before the moral panics that tried to stamp out rock-n-roll, video game violence and satanic ritual abuse, came the first -- and most successful -- crusade to stop the "Seduction of the Innocent." The fact that most people don't know about it tells...

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  • Before and After Orlando Jun 17

    If a nation can have a bad week, then the week beginning Sunday June 12 was pretty awful. We all know about the mass shooting in Orlando. Yet what followed only made things worse. The murder of 49 people has been grotesquely politicized -- far MORE...

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  • The Greatest? Yes, and Eventually the Whole Planet Agreed Jun 08

    In the 20th century or any other, there's never been a one-man intersection of sports, politics and pop culture, the way we witnessed in Muhammad Ali. Yet this podcast is not mere tribute. We do have something to add, a relevant context to the epic...

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  • What a "Do Anything It Takes" Presidency Looks Like Jun 03

    Can you name the MOST authoritarian government document in U.S. history? A Pulitzer Prize winning author described it as a plan "for America's intelligence services ... to monitor the communications of American citizens, intensify the electronic...

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  • The Political Model for the Man Who Would Be Bully May 27

    Who's America's biggest political bully of the past 70 years? That's the question -- so discover how your (elected politician only) answer compares to the person we describe in this episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture.

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  • American History's Most Presumptive Nominee May 06

    What kind of scenario "leads to a multi-decade setback or dissolution" of one of the major political parties? From the top down and the bottom up, the answer is unfolding right before our eyes. Listen to the big picture story.

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  • Part II: Mood in the Voices of Great Black Comedians Apr 29

    After the long-term stock market low in late 1974, positive social mood slowly began to build. Cultural evidence of the positive turn became visible in the success of great black comedians on stage, in film, and on television. Our friend Dr. Dennis...

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  • How to Hear Mood in the Voices of Great Black Comedians Apr 22

    You know their names -- Pryor, Cosby, Eddie Murphy and more -- the great black comedians of the past 50 years. Yet you may not realize how these great comic voices were also the "audio track" for the trends and turns in social mood across the...

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  • The Only Year America Got (Literally) Smaller Apr 15

    It was the one year in the 20th century that the United States population actually decreased in size. Several mood-driven events intersected to create a catastrophic outcome. The question is, what have we learned?...

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  • "Rational Man" vs. The Rest of Us Apr 08

    It's easy to ignore information that contradicts what you think you know. Yet it's hard later on to find out that the information was right -- and that you were mistaken. We've all been there -- and most of us try to learn from our mistakes. But,...

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  • Emptied of Facts, Filled with Stupid (Again) Apr 01

    Who actually tries to get away with making the most outrageous and extreme comments in public? No, not professional wrestlers. The answer is, "Aspirants to the Oval Office." Pop Trends, Price Culture explained why the Stupid Season of presidential...

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  • How (and Why) Horror Movies Reflect Horror Markets Mar 24

    We survey history's greatest horror films across the decades, and WHY they so often cluster during stock market declines. It's no coincidence. And don't miss the exquisitely done chart that brings the "why" to life visually, on the show notes page.

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  • A Safari Hunter Meets Social Mood: Conference Preview Mar 18

    Alastair Macdonald has a pretty cool resume: Successful business owner, stockbroker on Wall Street, and a real estate investor. Yet he was born & raised in Zimbabwe, so before his career in finance he was a professional hunter and safari guide...

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  • Crack This Phone: Why the FBI Told the Media Before It Told Apple Mar 10

    The FBI knew who it was up against: Apple is a beloved and admired tech company, with hundreds of millions of loyal users. So, the FBI waited until it had a high-profile, clear-cut case of appalling terrorism to make its move. But what the FBI...

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  • 2016 Election Precipice: 'Multi-decade setback, or dissolution' Mar 04

    The 2016 presidential race had already become the most fractious since 1968, yet in the days immediately following Super Tuesday (March 1) this election cycle mutated from a semi-amusing food fight amongst the candidates, and into an epic...

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  • A Lifetime of Elliott, As Told by a 30-Year Wall Street Insider Feb 24

    Andrew Baptiste's career spans three decades on Wall Street, including senior positions at Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. Yet his familiarity with the Elliott Wave Principle began even earlier, as an insight literally passed from father to son....

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  • Conference Preview: Dr. Dennis Elam Combines Pop Culture and Finance Feb 19

    Dr. Dennis Elam is a tenured accounting professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He is an expert in finance, yet Professor Elam blows up stereotypes about the accounting profession. He's incredibly well versed in popular culture: his...

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  • Make "Politically Incorrect" Cool … Win the White House? Feb 11

    Win the White House by making it cool to be politically incorrect? This strategy is working for more than one candidate. Even so, the un-PC trend is only an effect. There's a much bigger cause to explain why so many people today despise political...

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  • Epic Anger Against A Music Trend … Goes to A Baseball Game Feb 05

    It had been a bear market for a lot of years. The headlines were a parade of scary bad news. People were so polarized that fan groups began to hate on each another's music -- hostility so strong that it became its own trend. Then, an episode of this ...

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  • Name That Fear Tune: What WERE You Afraid Of? Jan 29

    Let's play "Name That Fear Tune." Listen to a couple of brief clips from a certain video presentation, and see if you can guess the topic behind the "fear tune." Hint: It's not the kind of dry documentary that's made for over-educated people...

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  • The Political Prisoners That Positive Mood Could Not Set Free Jan 22

    What happens when you speak against your country's decision to go to war? Nothing good, most of the time: It's the hardest kind of political dissent. Here's a true tale of dissenters who were (so to speak) jailed by negative mood, yet remained in...

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  • Angry Faces of Mood-Driven Politics: Then and Now Jan 15

    If his blunt words or insults hurt your feelings, too bad. As for the media, screw them too -- he's the master of his own message... Those words clearly bring to mind a certain leading presidential contender, but as Pop Trends, Price Culture...

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  • In Defense of Ebenezer Scrooge Dec 23

    There's no need to explain the name "Scrooge." It can be spoken playfully, but when someone uses that name seriously you know what it means: Heartless. Unforgiving. Spiteful in a season that calls for generosity. Yet for this Christmas season, Pop...

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  • Do It For the Children (or can they 'Do' for themselves?) Dec 18

    Legalization: An influence for teens to smoke pot? The 'King of emotional arguments' goes up against a serious body of facts and evidence, as this episode of Pop Trends Price Culture considers whether the social mood trend will finish what it...

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  • What Are You Afraid Of? Dec 11

    Does news coverage of "threats" help you know what the threats really are? How DO you think about real vs. perceived threats -- to your safety, health, and life? And, what the heck do bookmakers have to do with these questions? Check out this...

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  • "Elvis, Frankenstein and Andy Warhol" Dec 04

    When and where did a national audience first read about popular culture and the stock market? This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture answers that question, and spells out why the insight about social mood is more relevant today than ever.

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  • Private Ownership, Collective Thanksgiving Nov 25

    We don't think of The Pilgrims as "risk takers," but the fact is that they took risks on a scale few of us can even imagine. Yet the smartest risk the Pilgrims took is the one few people even know. Discover what it was in this episode -- plus a few...

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  • Syria: Global Negative Mood Pinpointed on a Map Nov 20

    What makes the upheaval in Syria SO impossible is that 15 separate countries have active military operations in that country. The war also involves non-state group like ISIS, the Kurds, and Hezbollah. With a crisis this thorny, new or useful...

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  • What About the When of Saying I'm Sorry? Nov 13

    "I'm sorry" -- it's the first truly hard-to-say phrase we repeat as children. We all know why apologies matter. Yet with big public apologies, what about the when? Are big apologies more frequent in certain recognizable eras? Pop Trends, Price...

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  • Fed Funds Rate - The Most Important Thing In The World Nov 06

    "The Most Important Thing in the World..." Yes, that is the conventional wisdom about the fed funds rate. No, we are not putting words in anyone's mouth. Someone really said it: Hear that audio clip -- and lots more -- for yourself. Pop Trends,...

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  • Why Financial Opposites Were Crowned as Equals Oct 30

    Can two economists from opposing schools of thought share the Nobel Prize in the same year? They can ... and they did. Yet this mixed-up decision becomes clear when you see it as a story about mixed mood. Pop Trends, Price Culture explains how to...

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  • What - or Who - Is An Investor's Greatest Enemy? Oct 23

    The only thing worse than making a bad decision is to make a bad decision and think that it's good.

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  • The 20th Century's Greatest and Most Chilling Trick or Treat Oct 15

    Halloween is right around the corner: This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture pays tribute to the greatest and most chilling 'Trick or Treat' prank of the 20th century. Let's just say that, if anything, America's mood was a bit too ready for this...

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  • How Music Captured the Grief of A Collapsing World Oct 08

    As the world was falling apart, a towering maestro gave the world an exquisite composition that both captured and reflected the grievous sentiment of that time. This week's episode of Pop Trends, Prices Culture tells part one of an exceptional...

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  • White Hats, Black Hats, and Vigilantes Oct 02

    The public loves portrayals of vigilante justice. Memorable vigilantes are sometimes a ‘good guy,’ other times they are … something else. Why? Where did those characters come from? Are there ever ‘good guy’ vigilantes...

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  • How to Make National News by Doing Nothing Sep 25

    More than 80 percent of economists predicted it would happen. The Fed would raise interest rates. It would be the 'All Clear' signal for the economy. But... it didn't happen. The entire economics profession was caught off guard. Listen to the...

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  • Part 2: How - and Why - We Go to War Sep 16

    Just before he was re-elected, the President assured the public that America would not go to war. But go to war it did -- complete with harsh anti-immigration laws, and tens of thousands of naturalized citizens in "relocation camps." No, this isn't...

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  • Part 1: How - and Why - We Go to War Sep 11

    For the past 100 years, social mood has been pivotal in America's decisions to go to war. This episode of Pop Trends, Price Culture shows just how true this is was for World War I -- despite...

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  • Immigration - Political Stupid Season Escalates Sep 03

    Immigration policy has been an epic contradiction all thru U.S. history. America is "a nation of immigrants," yet major political trends in America frequently include outbursts of anti-immigration...

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  • Emptied of Facts, Filled with Stupid Aug 07

    Who actually tries to get away with making the most outrageous and extreme comments in public? No, not professional wrestlers. The answer is, "Aspirants to the Oval Office." Pop Trends, Price Culture explains why the Stupid Season of presidential...

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  • The Smell of China's Meltdown, Six Months Ago Jul 31

    The meltdown of China's stock market is arguably the biggest global financial story so far in 2015. The decline began barely six weeks ago, yet the Shanghai index has lost nearly one-third of its value.

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  • Offered: A Perspective On Why Charleston Didn't Go Up in Flames Jul 24

    A few provocative questions: Just over a month ago, 9 people were murdered in a church in Charleston, SC. What if people there had responded by looting and destroying property?

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  • What Makes Mortal Enemies Make Nice? Jul 17

    To "demonize the enemy" is a staple of war propaganda. But, you don't need a war to call your enemy demonic. Case in point, the United States and Iran for the past 35 years -- as in, "The Great Satan" vs. "The Axis of Evil." Each country really did...

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  • Marijuana, Eight Presidents, One Neurosurgeon - and Social Mood Jul 09

    What made a sitting president go on TV to show America a big bag of crack cocaine - literally? And what made a later president drop the phrase "War On Drugs" from his vocabulary?

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  • 4th of July Week: Hear How an "Independent Mind" Truly Works Jul 01

    Real liberty begins with independent thinking -- and Professor Dennis Elam is really good at it. You heard his insights for yourself if you caught part one of our interview, and in part two he covers an even more amazing range of topics...

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  • How this Professor Makes 'Fascinating' and 'Accounting' Work in the SAME Sentence Jun 24

    Dr. Dennis Elam is a tenured professor of accounting at Texas A & M University, San Antonio. He is an expert in finance, yet Professor Elam blows up stereotypes about the accounting profession. He's incredibly well versed in popular culture: his ...

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  • The Rise of the Anti-Authoritarians: Then and Now Jun 18

    Can you name the MOST authoritarian government document in U.S. history? A Pulitzer Prize winning author described it as a plan "for America's intelligence services ... to monitor the communications...

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  • Here's Where Art AND Life Imitate Mood Jun 11

    Lots of critics say television has been in a second "Golden Era." But truth be told, the phrase 'Dark Golden Era' describes it better -- because the best shows in the past 15 years have indeed been a deep shade of "dark gold." Listen in and hear...

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  • No Turning the Dial on This Prime Time Revolution Jun 03

    The 'Rural Purge' of the 1970-1971 season changed television forever -- it was fast, dramatic and revolutionary, yet it's all but unknown today. This historic transformation reveals an influence more powerful than historians and sociologists can...

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  • What Happened When A Safari Hunter Met Social Mood May 27

    Alastair MacDonald has a pretty cool resume: Successful business owner, stockbroker on Wall Street, and a real estate investor. Yet he was born & raised in Zimbabwe, so before his career in finance he was a professional hunter and safari guide....

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  • If Cash Is King, Is Government An Assassin? May 20

    Two stories this week reveal huge possible abuses of government power. Both stories were vastly under-reported in the media -- and both also sound too far-fetched to be true... but they are.

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  • Old Tech/New Tech: Spying on U.S. Citizens Is Mood Off the Rails May 13

    The 100-year rise of the security state did NOT happen in subtle steps across decades. Instead, nearly all the growth came during identifiable SURGES -- specific periods when the downtrend in social mood fueled the uptrend of authoritarianism. Get...

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  • How NOT to Treat Our Soldiers: A Forgotten True Tale May 06

    When Uncle Sam said 'I want YOU' they stepped forward. But after 14 years the U.S. government STILL would not pay the money it owed tens of thousands of military veterans for their war service. This shameful true story previews the rise of the...

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  • A 30 Year Wall Street Insider Describes A Lifetime of Elliott Apr 29

    Andrew Baptiste's career spans three decades on Wall Street, including senior positions at Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. Yet his familiarity with the Elliott Wave Principle began even earlier, as an insight literally passed from father to son....

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  • A Bad Call and Busted Career, Reconsidered Apr 15

    Can you name the first "Rock Star" economist? No, not Robert Shiller. Not Greenspan. Not even Milton Friedman. It was the 1920s, when virtually every literate American knew Irving Fisher. Yet one bad market call made him a laughingstock -- even...

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  • Econ to Comedy: The Ruin of Heroes Apr 08

    What could the Federal Reserve and comedian Bill Cosby possibly have in common? In a sentence, "Ruined reputations, thanks to negative social mood." Yes it sounds bizarre -- but hear Robert Folsom and TR explore WHY the ugly hidden truths about...

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  • A Bullish Ghost Inhabits Market Sentiment Apr 02

    When do you know the past is about to repeat itself? Well, in the stock market that time comes when you hear phrases like "This time it's different," or, like today's "New Normal." Get the 9-minute story in this week's podcast from Pop Trends, Price ...

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  • The Fed Loses Its "Superpowers" Mar 31

    The central bank has a story to tell about itself. Should you believe it? If not, why not? We explain why the Fed wants you to think it has superpowers, even as it befuddles you with preposterous language. But, a whistleblower's inconvenient tape...

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  • The Who and Why of Getting PAID to Borrow Money Mar 25

    How do you define "Deflation"? Hint: It begins with psychology, NOT with falling prices. Deflation turns the economy and financial world upside down, to the point that borrowers get PAID by lenders. Get the 9-minute story in this episode of Pop...

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  • Horror Movies, Horror Markets Mar 17

    We survey history's greatest horror films across the decades, and WHY they so often cluster during stock market declines. It's no coincidence. And don't miss the exquisitely done chart that brings the "why" to life visually, on the show notes below.

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  • If Money Is On Sale, Why Is Almost No One Buying? Mar 11

    Bond yields have fallen to 50-year lows in the world's major economies, and this trend has reached nearly ALL countries. Yet if you can even find a news article about this story, it will probably include phrases like "unanticipated," "surprise," and ...

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  • Annabelle Mar 04

    Three hugely popular horror movies, and three simultaneous stock market declines. Is that just a semi-interesting coincidence... or could the timing of bear markets in stocks and the popularity of horror movies amount to a jaw-dropping history of...

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  • Profanity, Comedy and Social Mood Mar 02

    Social mood transformed a pair of conventional comedians -- George Carlin and Richard Pryor -- into two of history's greatest stand up comedians. Hear the story you haven't heard told until now.

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  • Lenny Bruce Feb 10

    A one-man counterculture defined by mood: Lenny Bruce is no. 3 on Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, but the government disapproved of his words.

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Robert Folsom has covered politics, popular culture, economics and the financial markets for more than 25 years, via print, radio, video and digital content. Robert has served as a writer and editor with Elliott Wave International since 1992. From 2000 to 2007, his 5-day per week blog on elliottwave.com built an investor readership of some 70,000, who read Robert's unique perspective on everything from media follies to mass psychology to under-reported facts about investing.