When Child Labor Isn’t Child Labor, and ‘Underage Labor’ is Just Something You Say.

What motivates an activist to exaggerate and even lie about the conditions in which Chinese laborers live and work? Like many, I first pondered this question after hearing Mike Daisey’s infamous This American Life episode. And, like many, I never thought that others would dare follow in his dishonest footsteps. Then I came across China Labor Watch (or…

Junkyard Planet

This just in: I’ve turned in the manuscript to my first book, Junkyard Planet, to Bloomsbury Press. It’s a first-person account of the globalizing waste and recycling industry, from the wilds of Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the grimy scrap boomtowns of south China. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll visit the machine that recovers most of…