Last October, we aired an interview with monologuist Mike Daisey about his one-man show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. His production details labour abuses that he says he witnessed on a trip to a plant in Shenzhen China where iPhones and iPads are manufactured.
His show got a lot of attention. Beyond the dozens of interviews Daisey did for print and broadcast, the production was excerpted for an episode of the popular public radio program, This American Life. It aired in January and became their most popular podcast of all time.
On Friday, This American Life retracted the episode citing "significant fabrications". The interpreter Daisey used in China is disputing many of the facts in his story. You can read all about it here
In our interview with Daisey, he repeated some of those disputed details. The translator says Daisey didn't meet underage workers, nor did he encounter a man who'd had his hand crushed while making iPads at the Foxconn plant.
We've requested that Mike Daisey join us again on our show. If he agrees, we'll look forward to correcting the record with him as soon as we can. In the meantime, he's posted his own response
to the retraction.
Here's the original interview we produced with Mike Daisey last October.