Shows: January 15, 2018

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A special online edition to kick off 2018. Featuring a new report highlighting the labor and health conditions facing Vietnamese Samsung workers by IPEN and CGFED.

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Samsung's Smartphone Sweatshops in Vietnam

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The world of Big Tech seems clean and ultra modern, but your smartphone was likely built under shockingly dirty labor conditions. An in-depth investigation of Vietnamese Samsung production facilities peels back the shrink-wrap of the electronics industry to reveal who makes our fancy gadgets and what our obsession with consumer electronics means for workplace health. We speak with Joe DiGangi of IPEN, which published the report with the NGO CGFED. The revelations, which fit into a pattern of labor exploitation at Samsung, have prompted international scrutiny as well as reported crackdowns on workers.

A version of this interview also aired on Dissent's Belabored podcast.


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Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange

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Fifty years after the U.S. blasted Vietnam with chemical weapons of war, the toxic residue of Agent Orange still scars many Vietnamese communities. Today, Vietnam suffers from chemical-related illnesses including cancers, severe deformities, brain damage, and various respiratory diseases. Treatment and rehabilitation would cost about $35 million annually for a decade, but so far Congress has yet to act decisively to provide victims with treatment. Richard Hughes, an activist with Loose Cannons, has been pushing lawmakers to finally do something to redeem this toxic injustice. APF spoke with him after he ran a moving op-ed in the New York Times with Viet Thanh Nguyen discussing this struggle.

This is a rebroadcast from the October 23, 2017 edition of APF.

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