This episode of the radio show This American Life, called “Retraction” is about the discovery and fallout when a famous storyteller Mike Daisey apparently fabricated parts of his one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” excerpts of which were played on TAL earlier that year (2012), called “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory.” (transcript: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/transcript) In that story, Mike Daisey tells what he saw and the people he talked to in Shenzhen, a city in China where most of the electronics we use in the US are made. In order to get inside the factories, he says, he posed as an American businessman interested in contracting out to one of the factories. He tells about working and living conditions for the people making Apple products and other electronics, which are mostly produced by a corporation called FoxCon. A few months after the story aired, however, a journalist went about fact-checking his stories, and found that many of the people he says he talked to he never even met. What are the special responsibilities of a storyteller when the stories he is telling are not necessarily his own (they belong to the workers in the factories)? In his apparent advocacy for the worker’s rights by making their abuse public and in fact famous, how has the whole debacle actually been detrimental to the process of raising awareness and instituting change? How did he wrestle with the opposing responsibilities to the “facts” and to the “truth” of the narrative?