This American Life is retracting their popular episode about Apple and their Foxconn factories, claiming that part of the story was fabricated. Ira Glass, writing about the reiteration, on the This American Life blog (Andy Baio has a mirror up as the site is getting hammered.):
I have difficult news. We've learned that Mike Daisey's story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications. We're retracting the story because we can't vouch for its truth. This is not a story we commissioned. It was an excerpt of Mike Daisey's acclaimed one-man show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," in which he talks about visiting a factory in China that makes iPhones and other Apple products. The show airs later today at 8:00 pm EST, and then again nationally, this coming Sunday. The audio for the retracted show is no longer available on their site, but the transcript is still available. The description of their retraction show, which has not aired yet: Ira also talks with Mike Daisey about why he misled This American Life during the fact-checking process. And we end the show separating fact from fiction, when it comes to Apple's manufacturing practices in China. This is huge.