Child Labor

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Year with the NY Jets; Soprano Martina Serafin; Russia in America; Child Labor in Tobacco Fields

Monday, December 02, 2013

Nicholas Dawidoff describes spending a year with the New York Jets. Soprano Martina Serafin on playing the role of the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Metropolitan Opera. We’ll take a look at Russia’s furthest outposts in the early 19th century, which were in California and Hawaii. Plus, details about the surprising instances of child labor in tobacco fields here in America.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Child Labor in Tobacco Fields

Monday, December 02, 2013

A 2001 study found that one in four tobacco workers suffers from acute nicotine poisoning, or “green tobacco sickness.” Gabriel Thompson looks at this illness and at why children are allowed to work in tobacco fields in this country—these hazards have led countries like Russia and Kazakhstan to ban anyone under 18 from harvesting tobacco, but no such prohibition exists here. Thompson’s article, reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, “Leaves of Poison: Why Are Children Working in Tobacco Fields?” is in the December 2 issue of The Nation. He’ll be joined by Mariya Strauss, who has done extensive reporting on child labor laws in this country.

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The Takeaway

Your Take: Child Labor Laws

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

On Tuesday's show, The Takeaway talked about both Newt Gingrich's recent comments about putting poor children to work as janitors in their schools, and the Department of Labor's proposed restrictions on children performing certain kinds of farm work. Many listeners had a lot to say about children working, including Marie from New Jersey, who commented on our Facebook page:

Listening to the show, I heard many callers reasoning that because they have fond memories of working on the family farm, or helping Grandpa sweep the school, that it must be right. Dreadful to think of the dearth of critical thinking skills in the country, if social policy is to be based on anecdotal, personal experiences.

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The Takeaway

'Life Isn't Fair': Listeners React to Gingrich's Child Labor Comments

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Yesterday, The Takeaway spoke with Diana Furchtgott-Roth from the Manhattan Institute and sociologist Pedro Noguera about Newt Gingrich's policy proposal to change the child labor laws to allow 9-year-old kids to go to work. The Takeaway listeners had a lot to say about child labor. Takeaway listeners Bill Arnott, from Columbia, South Carolina, and Carol, from Wellesley, Massachusetts, discuss their experience working as children through the prism of Gingrich's comments. (Carol asked The Takeaway not to use her last name.)

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The Takeaway

Farmers Disagree With Child-Labor Laws

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Takeaway has been talking about child labor in America this week, from paper routes to custodial work. Now, a look at the farm. Should children be restricted from doing certain kinds of agricultural work? The Department of Labor thinks so. In a new proposal, they are hoping to bar most farm hands younger than 16 years old from jobs such as driving tractors, rounding up cattle on horseback, and working on ladders over six feet high. Is the proposal in the best interest of the children, or going too far?

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Activists Demand Gulnara Karimova's Fashion Show Be Shut Down

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

After Fashion Week cancelled Gulnara Karimova's show, there's word that the oldest daughter of the controversial leader of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, will relocate the catwalk to Cipriani restaurant. Activists plan to gather there on Thursday to protest Uzbek policies on child labor in the cotton industry.

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