Summary Box: Radio program retracts Apple story

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BACKING AWAY: The public radio program “This American Life” retracted a story about what a monologist said he found while investigating Apple operations in China.

INCONSISTENCIES: In a January episode, writer Mike Daisey describes meeting workers who put in very long hours and were forced to do crippling, repetitive motions at factories that make Apple products in China. But “This American Life” says the public radio show “Marketplace” located and interviewed Daisey’s Chinese interpreter, who disputed much of the artist’s claims.

ABOUT THE SHOW: The original episode has become the most popular podcast in the history of “This American Life.”