2.11.15: Fine Jewelry's Decline, Fifty Shades Of Excited, & The 1st Annual Wommie Awards

Feb 11, 2015

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Diamonds are forever. Or so we thought. Turns out that global sales of diamonds and fine jewelry have been sluggish since the global recession. On today’s show,  from iPhones to better production of costume bling, is technology killing the jewelry industry?

Then, Selma, Gone Girl, and Interstellar are among this year’s Oscar snubs. We’ll approach the academy’s cold-shoulder from a different angle, and reveal entire categories notably absent from the awards.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

Is the Internet Killing the Jewelry Industry?

  • Reporter Beejoli Shah comes from a family of jewelers and wrote about how technology may be killing one of the world’s oldest trades – the jewelry business. You can read her article: "Has Technology Killed the Jewelry Industry?" at Pacific Standard.

Fifty Shades of Excited!

  • The website The Wrap culled through data from Facebook to find out which states in the U.S. are most excited about seeing Fifty Shades of Grey, and the results may surprise you. Senior producer Maureen Mcmurray caught up with The Wrap’s Matt Donnolly and asked him which states made the top 10.

Sexism and Comic Books

  • The battle over sexism rages off the screen as well as in the comic book industry itself. Producer  Frances Harlow, shares the story of two women who tackle this issue and come to very different conclusions about male dominance in their field.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

The First Annual Wommies

  • We asked Amy Diaz, movie reviewer and editor of The Hippo, to join us for what we’re calling the “Wommies” – an unauthorized celebration of achievements that go un-celebrated at the Oscars.
  • You can be part of the exclusive voting pool for the first annual Wommies. Head over to this link to see the nominees and vote. We'll announce the winners next Thursday, just in time for the Oscars.

The Influence of Annie Hall

  • Eric Molinsky produced this story to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Annie Hall which looks at the film’s influence on filmmakers and reveals the original premise.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.