"This American Life" examines the horrible cost of our technology obsession

Posted on Friday, January 13th 2012 at 5:24 p.m.

I’ve talked before about the great NPR documentary program This American Life and I’m a huge huge fan.  Recently their one-hour program turned their eye to the story of FoxConn , the huge Chinese manufacturer who builds most of the technology products geeks use.  Monologist Mike Daisey bluffs his way into meeting with workers and former workers of FoxConn and other Chinese technology manufacturers, gaining access that regular journalists have either been unable or unwilling to obtain.  Since Daisey is an Apple fan, the story focuses a lot on the Apple devices FoxConn manufactures, but the reality is that many of the shiny devices we use are made by slave-like Chinese labor.  If you care about how you impact the world, you owe it to yourself to listen to this story.

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