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The Real Survivors

August 25, 2000

So by now you’ve all heard about that show Survivor. Wait! Don’t hit the stop button, please, hear us out They call it Reality TV. CBS survivors did their shtick on the island of Borneo in Malaysia. Today we are going to do our version of Reality Radio!

The other survivors on the island of Borneo, the ones CBS missed, are Indigenous to Borneo. Indigenous Malays don’t have cell phones or an airline ticket out of Borneo. Instead they have timber loggers clearing their land.


  • Harlan Thompson, with the Borneo Project, an Indigenous Rights Solidarity Project based in Berkeley, California.

And in case you thought Survivor was done, well CBS will air Survivor Part 2 in October. Where next for these roving first world survivors and Reality TV? The Australian Outback. What is the reality of the Australian Outback? Well we here at Reality Radio are going to the United Nations in Geneva where Australian Aboriginal Activists are currently presenting cases before the Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


  • Eleanor Gilbert, an Aboriginal Rights Activist currently in Geneva where she is presenting before the United Nations ECOSOC Council (Economic and Social Council).

And if Realty TV is really going to take a first world person to the third world to see how they survive, maybe our next guest would make a better candidate! As people everywhere watched the final episode of CBS’s Survivor, one person who didn’t get to see it is Jim Keating who is an anti-NIKE sweatshop activist. Jim is currently in a working class suburb in Jakarta, Indonesia trying to survive on the wages that the NIKE corporation pays its Indonesian workers. Jim Keating and his two friends are conducting a one-month experiment to test NIKE’s claim that the $1.20 a day they pay their workers constitutes a living wage.


  • Jim Keaty, a former soccer coach at St. Johns University, currently in Jakarta Indonesia.

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