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My article “Shopping for Sweat: The human cost of a two-dollar T-shirt” appears in the current issue of Harper’s. For those wanting to know more, I was interviewed about the story yesterday on KUER, the NPR affiliate in Salt Lake City.
Here’s the station’s set up for the show:
In 1999, Cambodia signed an agreement with the US to improve labor conditions in its garment industry. Since then, apparel has grown to three-quarters of the nation’s exports, with most of that headed to stores like Nike, Gap and Walmart. But while Cambodia has gained a “sweat-free” reputation, workers are still making a mere 33 cents an hour. Journalist Ken Silverstein went to Cambodia posing as an American businessman and he joins Doug to talk about the human cost of a two-dollar t-shirt.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Chance that an American would give up at least one week of life to avoid taking a pill every day:
Iowa urologists reported that only a minor portion of locker-room teasing arises from “the presence of excess foreskin”; most teasing targets small penises.
A pair of Russian film directors asked President Vladimir Putin to invest $18 million in a new restaurant chain intended to drive McDonald’s out of the Russian market. “Every project these days,” a Russian television personality said of the proposal, “must be smothered in patriotic sauce.”
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”