The New York Times recently reported harsh working conditions at overseas plants that make products for Apple. Dell, HP and Microsoft use some of the same suppliers, but the world's most valuable company was the target of protests today in London, Bangalore, Sydney, San Francisco and Washington, and petitions with 250,000 signatures were scheduled to be delivered to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Some conceded they were iPhone and Mac users who wanted to "hold their heads high" again. Mike Daisey is an author and performer. His latest show now at the Public Theater in New York is The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.
NOTE: After this discussion aired, This American Life discovered that its program, Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory, was partially fabricated, and has since dedicated an entire program to detailing the errors Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn. You can listen to TAL's episode, Retraction, to learn more.