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Manufacturing Talk Radio is a live-streamed podcast broadcast every Tuesday at 1PM ET.  Show hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady engage guests from manufacturers, industry associations, think tanks, and government agencies in conversations about modern manufacturing, industry forecasts, and the latest news stories covering robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, Big Data, Industry 4.0 and other milestone changes happening now. Listen live every Tuesday at 1PM ET or hear all of our previous episodes right here or on iTunes.

This Week's Episode

S7-E11 Manufacturers Compete with Prison Slave Labor Allowable under the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Manufacturers are losing contracts to Unicor, GEO, Deptcor and over a dozen other private prison operators, unable to compete with prison labor rates, or not even allowed to bid on some contracts under an unfair system permitted under the 13th Amendment to the U.S Constitution and launched in 1934 by President Roosevelt with the creation of Federal Prisons Systems (FPI) also known as Unicor.  The upbeat, flowery marketing language of these prison labor websites makes them sound as benevolent as Santa Claus despite underpinnings of longer prison sentences for non-violent offenders and a majority of inmates being black or Hispanic working for as little as 16 cents per hour. Hear about actual manufacturers who have lost business and been forced to cut jobs like Mickey Spooner, President of Allstate Office Interiors in Hamilton, New Jersey, or even been put at the brink of bankruptcy. 

Last Week's Episode

S7-E10 Manufacturing Overcoming These 3 Headwinds, and a New Plant that Proves It!

Join hosts Tim Grady and Lew Weiss for two exciting segments, the first with Chad Moutray, Chief Economist with the National Association of Manufacturers who will discuss the headwinds faced by manufacturers and global economic conditions, followed by Fred Zicard, Vice President of Ficosa North America for his comments on how Ficosa's new plant in Cookeville, Tennessee came about and some of the exciting new technologies Ficosa will be introducing from the most vertically integrated plant in the world.
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Featured Guest

Senior International Correspondent, Prof. Adriana Sanford

Adriana Sanford

Prof. Adriana Sanford

Professor Adriana Sanford, Senior International Correspondent for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Professor Sanford, who teaches at Arizona State University, discusses several topics that can impact U.S. manufacturers, especially those sourcing raw materials or component parts overseas or in Latin America, as well as companies who have goods assembled offshore or near shore.

Sanford’s area of expertise centers on global security and compliance issues in multinational businesses and cross-border financial transactions, which range from sophisticated money laundering or product counterfeiting schemes to online data privacy and the cultural challenges associated with international expansions. She has worked extensively throughout Latin America, as well as Canada and Europe and was a delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Santiago, Chile. Sanford assumed a front-line role when she orchestrated meetings between government officials, the Chairman of the Summit, and several US-based Fortune 500 companies. Below is one of Professor Sanford’s recent shows:

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