I heard this episode of This American Life over the weekend on KCRW. If you’re not familiar, This American Life (hosted Ira Glass) is a weekly public radio show. There’s a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe. Probably the best way to understand what it’s all about is to have a listen. Anywho… back to this particular show: “Where Your Crap Comes From.” I was so enthralled with Mike Daisey’s excerpt reading (it was taken from his one-man show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs") that I sat in my car for 20 minutes listening to it—after I already got to my destination.
Mike Daisey was a self-described “worshipper in the cult of Mac.” Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made and it got him thinking: Who makes all my crap? So he flew to China to find out. Mike Daisey is such an amazing story teller. Have a listen. After you do, tell us what you think about what Mike Daisey saw in China.