‘This American Life’ to retract the episode about Apple's Foxconn factories in China

In a recent announcement, weekly radio program ‘This American Life’ revealed that it intends retracting one whole episode about the allegedly deplorable working conditions in Apple’s Foxconn supply chain plants in China.

In a statement about the retraction of one particular, hugely popular episode – ‘Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory’ -, the program’s host Ira Glass said that the decision to pull back the episode was based on the fact that it essentially contained details which resulted from “significant fabrications” from playwright mike Daisey.

According to the information shared by Glass, the episode was chiefly based on information from Daisey’s one-man show, ‘The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,’ which censured the dreadful working conditions at a China-based Foxconn factory which manufacturers iPhones and iPads. However, it was later found that part of the information from Daisey was totally made up.

Daisey’s show offensively fabricated part – which was telecast as during the airing of the January 6 episode of “This American Life” – showed the playwright in conversation with some Foxconn employees outside the factory; with Daisey later claiming that the workers were informing him about the poor working conditions at the facility.

About the decision to retract the episode, Glass said in an official blog post: “Daisey lied to me and to ‘This American Life’ producer Brian Reed during the fact checking we did on the story, before it was broadcast. That doesn’t excuse the fact that we never should’ve put this on the air. In the end, this was our mistake.”