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Tracing the around-the-world journey of discarded Christmas lights

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A couple of years ago, author Adam Minter found himself in China staring at thousand of pounds of broken strands of Christmas lights sitting in a giant pile. He was in a recycling facility where more than  two million pounds of lights per year were broken down and turned into a number of other products.

Host Alex Cohen talks to him about his journey and the journey of the Christmas lights that get recycled after each holiday season.