Published: December 19, 2014

The word shop first appeared as a verb in the 16th century — when it meant to put someone in prison. And boy can shopping feel that way, especially around the holiday season. The smells, the colors, the teeming shelves and showcases, the muzak.

On this episode, the Guys go shopping for the historical roots of one of America’s favorite pastimes — buying stuff. We’ll consider the role consumption played in the revolutionary politics of the colonies, look at the the curious rash of shoplifting in the country’s first department stores, and find out what the Wizard of Oz has to do with window gazing.