Book Talk

Premiere DateDec 14, 2013
00:00 Book Talk Intro – Kory French
04:43 New Bookie Woogie Blues – Stoker
09:45 Book Talk Interview with Adam Minter Part 1
21:21 Tex/Mex – Stoker
25:07 Book Talk Interview with Adam Minter Part 2
36:14 Pimp’in the Blues – Stoker
39:41 Book Talk Outro – Kory French
43:20 Fetch Me My Pony – Stoker
47:00 Finish

Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter

When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don’t want and turn it into something you can’t wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter—veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner—travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment.
Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to high-tech facilities capable of processing a jumbo jet’s worth of recyclable trash every day. Along the way, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters who’ve figured out how to build fortunes from what we throw away: Leonard Fritz, a young boy “grubbing” in Detroit’s city dumps in the 1930s; Johnson Zeng, a former plastics engineer roaming America in search of scrap; and Homer Lai, an unassuming barber turned scrap titan in Qingyuan, China. Junkyard Planet reveals how “going green” usually means making money—and why that’s often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren’t pretty.

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Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…