Cash Culture: The History (And Future?) Of Our Love For Paper Currency

As our society moves further away from paper currency, we pause to look back at the once predominant form of payment. Its look, its feel and its smell all hold a place in the collective consciousness of our nation’s history.

Its presence excites the same parts of our brains that respond to cocaine, and its loss has been the catalyst for everything from suicides and murders to scandals and wars. It’s hard to protect, covered in germs, facilitates crime, and we can’t help but love it.

This hour we speak with experts in finance, marketing and psychology about our inexorable love for an arguably outdated symbol of value: cash.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on March 23, 2017.

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