‘This American Life’ Retracts Bombshell Mike Daisey Story on Apple, Foxconn Factory Conditions in China

Public Radio Host Ira Glass Issues Apology For ‘Fabrications,’ Will Devote Hour-Show to Correcting Errors

By Larry Mcshane

A popular public radio show acknowledged Friday that a January segment on dangerous conditions inside Apple Inc.’s Chinese factories was rife with fabrications and errors. “This American Life” will devote its program this weekend to the erroneous 39-minute presentation by Mike Daisey, star of an acclaimed one-man show about Apple’s business practices.

“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,” said Ira Glass, the host and executive producer of the show. “That doesn’t excuse the fact that we never should have put this on the air,” he continued. “In the end, this was our mistake.”

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