Apple’s Workers in China: KPFK Wed. 4/18

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Apple’s factory workers in China: we’ll speak with ROB SCHMITZ, the China correspondent for American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” and JEFF WASSERSTROM, historian of China at UC Irvine.  Rob exposed the errors in Mike Daisey’s now-infamous story for “This American Life,” and last week Rob got his own look at the Shenzhen plant of Apple supplier Foxconn in southern China.  Jeff will sketch the larger context for understanding factory workers in China today —his book Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, co-edited with Angilee Shah, will be out in September.

And we’ll speak with ADAM HOCHSCHILD about his award-winning book To End All Wars. It’s about anti-war activists in WWI, and Adam will be speaking at the LA Times Festival of Books at USC on Saturday at 11am in the Hancock Foundation auditorium, info HERE.

Also: We’ll ask HAROLD MEYERSON “why is this economic recovery different from all other economic recoveries?”  Harold writes a column for the Washington Post op-ed page and is editor-at-large of The American Prospect.