Re:sound #15: The Consumerism Show
Various producers


TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA, 2005
Humorous, Industry, Music
58 30


This hour: a brief history of the mall, radical knitters, and more.

City X 
by Jonathan Mitchell (Living on Earth, 2004)
Using voices, sounds, and observations scored to Muzak, Jonathan Mitchell traces the history of the cultural and commercial phenomenon of the modern shopping mall through the perspectives of people living in a real, yet unnamed, city.

Beyond Scarves
by Ken Reisman and Matt Simon (Invisible Ink, 2004)
Knitting is considered relaxing and maybe even artistic. But can it help find love? Or God? Or intervene in U.S. foreign policy? This musico-documentary follows a handful of Bay Area knitters as they give this ancient craft an unusual spin.

Re:sound producer Roman Mars asks people, “If you could have anything, what would you want?”

Raise Your Right Hand
by Kimberly Carroll (Definitely Not the Opera, 2004)
In the 1940s, the DeBeers diamond cartel launched an ingenious marketing plan: the A Diamond Is Forever campaign, which turned the diamond from a standard financial investment into a symbol of everlasting love. But, as Kimberly Carroll investigates, the diamond industry has discovered a new way to tap into the luxury spending habits of the single woman: the right-hand diamond ring. 


This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.


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Featured Music:

Rainstick Orchestra, “Powderly,” Floating Glass Key in the Sky (Ninja Tune, 2004)
Kid Spatula, “It Starts with Bongos,” Meast (Planet Mu, 2004) 
Fatlip, “What's up Fatlip?” (V2/BMG, 2000)