A few months ago I saw a one man monologue in New York by a guy named Mike Daisy. It was called “The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs“. The show was amazing. Over a number of fast moving hours Daisy intercut the story of Apple and the story of where and how Apple (and other electronic) products are manufactured. Robots you say? No. Too expensive. Everything is made by hand. It’s an incredible story and it changed my perspective.
The show closed and I was really bummed since I wanted to tell people to see it. Interestingly enough it seems that he’s bringing it back. I highly recommend it.
Luckily for you Ira Glass, the host of “This American Life” saw the show as well and was equally moved. He had Daisy perform an abridged version of the show focusing mostly on the China aspect and then did an analysis of its claims (all validated). I urge you to give the show a listen. It really is a great story.
The show is number 454 and can be found here.