Think of a pencil. Simple, elegant – easily customizable with little more than a pocket knife. In a 1958 essay, Leonard Reed used the humble pencil to explore the intricacies of modern manufacturing. In that spirit, Pietra Rivoli took a look at the global strands that weave together a t-shirt in her book The Travels of a T-Shirt In the Global Economy. Now the theme is getting the Planet Money treatment: they set out to actually make their own t-shirt and follow the process from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to places that might surprise you. As usual, Planet Money blends insightful ground-level stories with the sort of macro-economic analysis that provides context.
I just added a link to their project in the Media page, along with other resources for the interested reader.
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