If you haven’t already heard this episode of This American Life, it’s definitely worth your time. I won’t look at any of my “iStuff” the same way again after hearing it. The suicides at Foxconn made the news last year (along with a mass suicide threat earlier this year), but this piece gives a lot of insight into the conditions that could drive people to kill themselves.
I found it difficult to listen to this piece and not feel complicit in how the workers at these plants are treated. I wish I knew how much more per product it would cost to improve working conditions (and hope I’d be a decent enough human being to pay extra).