Shop, buy, spend... recycle? Messages from the consumer culture Madonna knows that we live in a material world. Al Gore says the inconvenient truth is that our lifestyles are killing the planet. Elle Woods tells us there's no harm in a little "retail" therapy to fight the blues. What are the songs, movie clips or commercials that spur or spurn our consumerist ways? This fall, American Public Media shows like Marketplace, Weekend America and Speaking of Faith will air a week of stories about our consumer economy and whether it's sustainable. We'll be asking for your help as we prepare for the series we're calling Consumed!