Mike Birbiglia & Terry Gross: Action Stars!

This American Life LogoSo from a earlier post on here (even though the radio episode referred to has now been largely discredited), you have probably guessed what a big ol’ NPR/PRIlistening, This American Life and Ira Glass fanboi I am.

Well, last Thursday, May 10th, I had the pleasure of wandering over to our own Portland Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinemas in the evening, and watched, through Fathom Events, broadcast live from New York via satellite, a two-hour extravaganza of This American Life Live.

I was in Public Radio visual heaven, on the theme of “making the invisible visible.”

Ira Glass and Ryan Knighton and the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company and OK Go (who coded a special mobile app that the audience could use to play along just for their performance in the show) and David Rakoff dancing and Glynn Washington and David Sedaris inexplicably in clown make-up and fun animations and films and dance and stylized photos by an amazing unknown photographer from the 1960s and Tig Nataro and Taylor Dayne. That’s right, you heard me: 90s dance club legend Taylor Dayne. We really love her voice.

Remembering Dr. King 2012, Part Two: TAL, Mike Daisy & Your Apple Products

Factory workers on Electronics line in Shenzhen, China.O.k.,this is the part in which we remember Dr. King and his message of civil rights and social and economic justice, and start to take it world-wide. Or, also, in a sense, closer to home. It has to do with how our desire here in the west, and particularly in the U.S., for the coolest, cleanest, and (relatively) cheap products connects us to the suffering and injustices in the rest of the world, at least from my tendency-to-see-things-as-a-buddhist point of view.

In particular, Shenzhen, China. Where most of this stuff is made.

For this has to do with one self-described “Apple fanboi” and “Worshipper at the Cult of Mac,” like myself, one Mike Daisy, and a show he does from his true story of how he became curious of where these products come from, and what he found when he went to find out. Continue reading “Remembering Dr. King 2012, Part Two: TAL, Mike Daisy & Your Apple Products” »