Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Foxconn on This American Life

This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, is one of my favorite public radio programs. A recent episode, entitled "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory" (audio), featured an excerpt from Mike Daisey's production "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs".

Mike Daisey, a self-proclaimed Apple fanboi, describes his journey to Shenzhen (which depending on how you count may be China's third biggest city) and into Foxconn - the maker of a number of Apple products.

He is a gifted story-teller. He takes an inherently dark and sad subject and makes it into something humane, funny, poignant, and inspiring.

For those familiar with the format of This American Life, "Act II" is called "Act I", and does some fact-checking of Mr. Daisey's claims.

PS for Jan 18, 2012: You may have learned by now that pressing the *Esc* key when the wikipedia blackout page appears, takes you to the article.

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