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The Cabbage Patch Kids / Stuart Ewen

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Program Title:
The Cabbage Patch Kids / Stuart Ewen
PRA Archive #: 
IZ1227
Description: 

Author and historian Stuart Ewen discusses the Cabbage Patch Kids doll phenomenon in the United States. He describes his attempts to contact Coleco to interview a Cabbage Patch doll. Ewen decries the attention lavished on these dolls when "charity for other human beings seems to be at an all-time low" and presents an unverified anecdote about a child receiving a "death certificate" for their broken doll. Ewen elaborates on how the dolls are mass-produced, on labor conditions in the factory that produces them, and on the phenomenon of "managed scarcity", squaring the history of the dolls with the history of capitalism. Listener phone call taken at the end. <br><br>Program cuts off before end.

Date Recorded on: 
1983-12?
Date Broadcast on: 
1983-12-12
Item duration: 
00:21:23
Contributor: 
Role: 
Host
Distributor: 
NULL
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