Foxconn lets public radio reporter take video of how iPads are made

Apr 12, 2012
Tech

Public radio reporter Rob Schmitz knows the real way to get to the bottom of an issue, like the production of iPads and other consumer electronics at Foxconn. Schmitz, the Shanghai Bureau Chief for the American Public Media program Marketplace, got first-hand access to tape how iPads are actually manufactured. Schmitz was the journalist who […]

Public radio reporter Rob Schmitz knows the real way to get to the bottom of an issue, like the production of iPads and other consumer electronics at Foxconn.

Schmitz, the Shanghai Bureau Chief for the American Public Media program Marketplace, got first-hand access to tape how iPads are actually manufactured.

Schmitz was the journalist who also exposed factual flaws in Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Initially a staged monologue, Daisey’s semi-account of labor practices at Foxconn formed the basis of a later retracted episode of radio program This American Life.

While we aren’t sure how much access Schmitz received at Foxconn, we appreciated his less dramatic account.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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