Anything for a Buck: The Story of Dollar General

Dollar General got its start in the Great Depression. Today it continues to thrive in hard-hit communities.


Episode Notes

Dollar General is built on a business model that has its stores proliferating rapidly across the country. In response, a movement to control the growth has been picking up in the last few years. Can those who think the stores are causing more harm than help make their voices heard?

Podcast production by Jess Miller.


About the Show

Navigating the marketplace is the original choose-your-own adventure. Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism takes a company in the news, and looks at its history to figure out why it finds itself in its present circumstances. Host Seth Stevenson brings you stories you may not have heard about the brands that shape how you live and work. And whether they’ve succeeded or failed, these companies have been on more of an adventure than you may have imagined. All episodes


  • Cleo Levin is a Slate audience engagement editor.