Midday Newscast: November 24, 2008

Vermont’s congressional delegation says the national economy would be boosted if more transportation construction projects got started; Vermont retailers say they’re ready for the busy holiday shopping season;

Midday Newscast: November 17, 2008

Senator Patrick Leahy has requested that the White House and Office of the Vice President preserve all documents relating to national security; The Vermont Retail Association says prospects for the upcoming holiday shopping season are mixed;

‘Tis the season to be… shopping?

December can be a make or break month in the retail calendar. But the stress of shopping can leave some of us questioning the point of all that standing in line and spending. We examine the economics and culture of consumers in the holiday season with Geri Anne Higgans, marketing director at the University Mall in South Burlington, and Hardwick writer Judith Levine, author of "Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping." Also in the program, Skip Vallee tells us what it was like to serve as the US ambassador to Slovakia. And we pay homage to a food that (for some) is synonymous with the Christmas season: fruitcake.

Merchants cautiously optimistic about holiday season

With gas over three dollars a gallon, heating fuel near an all time high and plenty of bleak economic news, local retailers have been understandably concerned about this year’s holiday shopping season. But as VPR’s Nina Keck reports, many store owners say they’re cautiously optimistic.