Thursday, February 14, 2008

  • Entertainment Writers Claim Victory in Deal Ending 14-Week Strike


    Entertainment industry writers are back on the job after overwhelmingly approving a deal that will eventually give them a percentage of revenue for work posted online. We speak to Michael Winship, president of Writers Guild of America, East. [includes rush transcript]

  • Bittersweet Chocolate: Cocoa Industry Accused of Greed, Neglect for Labor Practices in Ivory Coast


    On Valentine’s Day, we look at one luxury industry that has come to expect huge profits on this hyper-consumerized occasion: chocolate. A scathing new report by veteran journalist and author Christian Parenti says hardly any progress has been made in the cocoa industry’s pledges to address child labor. We host a debate between Parenti and William Guyton, president of the World Cocoa Foundation. [includes rush transcript]

  • Theo Chocolate Founder, CEO Joe Whinney on Fair Trade Cocoa


    We speak to Joe Whinney, founder and CEO of Theo Chocolate, which describes itself as the only roaster of organic cocoa beans and the first roaster of Fair Trade certified cocoa beans in the United States. [includes rush transcript]

  • Activists Call for Boycott of Diamond Giant Leviev for Support of Israeli Settlements, Angola Abuses


    Leviev, the world’s largest cutter and polisher of diamonds, has been linked to expanding Jewish-only settlements in the Palestinian West Bank and a sketchy human rights record in Angola, where it controls the diamond supply. We speak to two Palestinian and Jewish members of Adalah-New York, a group that’s held weekly protests outside Leviev’s Madison Avenue store. [includes rush transcript]

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