010: Buy Hard
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The new year began with an ominous forecast: 12,000 U.S. retail stores are predicted to close in 2018, a 33% increase from 2017. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega examine what this means for jobs, shopping, and the proverbial Main Street. They manage to agree that online ads have never been more annoying and pervasive, and debate whether AI will improve things anytime soon. Listener questions include hyper-personalization and differences between Japanese and American entrepreneurs.