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Bangladesh workers ask Americans to make garment factories less deadly

Kristen Beifus
Kristen Beifus

Welcome to the Humanosphere podcast, our weekly look back at the world of global health and development.

This week we discuss the horrific and deadly collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh with Kristen Beifus, executive director of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition. By coincidence, Beifus’ organization had co-organized a visit and protest in Seattle featuring Bangladeshi garment worker Sumi Abedin who had survived what, until this week, had been the country’s worst industrial disaster – a factory fire last November.

Read our interview with Abedin and a labor organizer, Kalpona Akter. Includes a video Q&A.

For the podcast, we also briefly (and somewhat erratically, perhaps due to one of us having a cold and the other allergies) discuss the claim Tom makes for coming up with the idea of Earth Day, the reason for the recent (and deadly) surge in measles in Britain and the US Supreme Court’s deliberation on a legal challenge made against the federal government’s requirement that aid organizations that receive funding for a particular AIDS initiative in Africa (Pepfar) must pledge to oppose prostitution.


About Author

Ansel Herz

Ansel Herz is a freelance multimedia journalist whose objective is to “go to where the silence is." His work has been published by ABC News, The Nation magazine, the New York Daily News, Al Jazeera English, Free Speech Radio News, Inter-Press News and many other publications. A Seattle native and survivor of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Ansel is producer of Humanosphere's podcast, among other things. You can contact him at ansel.herz[at] or follow him on Twitter @Ansel.