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This edition: Hi-Priced Cell Calls

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 10, 2012.

First aired: December 12, 2012.

Apple will invest $100 million to start making some computers here in the U.S. And in a reversal, General Electric is adding brand new assembly lines to its appliance park in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s all part of a modest but growing trend called, ‘re-shoring,’ or, bringing manufacturing home. Explaining why is reporter Charles Fishman, who wrote, The Insourcing Boom , in a recent issue of The Atlantic. Also joining us is Harry Moser of the nonprofit Reshoring Initiative , which convinces companies to come home and hire here and, a local CEO who actually has: Brian Bethke, cofounder of Long Island-based musician pedal makers, Pigtronix .

Next, the 1989 Central Park Jogger case that led to the wrongful prosecution and conviction of 5 Harlem boys, ages 14-16: could a similar travesty of justice happen today? Or have the city and its institutions, especially the police and district attorney’s office, changed for the better? Joining us is Robert Gangi, longtime prison and criminal justice reformer and founder of the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) and M.I.T. history professor Craig Steven Wilder, an adviser to the Central Park Five documentary . He appears in the film. (Audio interference sabotaged our phone interview with invited guest, former NYPD officer and assistant district attorney, Eugene O’Donnell, now a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.)

Plus, calling home from prison: imagine paying $17 for a 15-minute phone call to a loved one. It’s highway robbery. There’s a petition before the FCC to lower the costs of receiving calls from prison—but it’s been languishing there for 10 years. Will it remain undecided for another decade? Here to help us understand who profits and why these calls are so expensive: Margaret diZerega, director of the family justice program at the Vera Institute of Justice ; Drew Kukorowski, author of the Prison Policy Initiative’s recent report, The Price to Call Home ; and Lee Petro, lead attorney on the petition currently before the FCC.

Finally, Van Gogh and Pollock meet … Pac-Man? The Museum of Modern Art recently acquired 14 iconic video games for their collection, deeming them outstanding examples of interactive design. Here to talk about the museum’s plans to more than double the size of this new art category is Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA.

Guest List

Paola Antonelli Sr. Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art

Brian Bethke CEO, www.pigtronix.com

Margaret diZerega Director, Family Justice Program, Vera Institute of Justice

Charles Fishman Investigative Reporter

Robert Gangi Founder, Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)

Drew Kukorowski Research Associate, Prison Policy Initiative

Harry Moser Founder, The Reshoring Initiative

Lee Petro Attorney, Drinker Biddle & Reach

Craig S. Wilder History Professor and Chair, History Dept., M.I.T.

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