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Episode 142: Sarah Maslin Nir

Sarah Maslin Nir, a reporter for The New York Times, recently published an exposé of labor practices in the nail salons of New York.

“The idea of a discount luxury is an oxymoron. And it’s an oxymoron for a reason: because someone is bearing the cost of that discount. In nail salons it’s always the person doing your nails, my investigation found. That has put a new lens on the world for me.”

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Show Notes:

  1. @SarahMaslinNir
  3. [1:00] "The Price of Nice Nails" (New York Times • May 2015)
  4. [1:00] "Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers" (New York Times • May 2015)
  5. [12:00] "Saying Court Win Helps, Nail Salon Workers Rally" (New York Times • Apr 2012)
  6. [30:00] "Fighting a McDonald’s in Queens for the Right to Sit. And Sit. And Sit." (New York Times • Jan 2014)
  7. [37:00] Nocturnalist archive
  8. [38:00] "Alec Baldwin: Actor, Charmer, Fish Deboner" (New York Times • Jun 2011)
  9. [44:00] "City Agencies to Investigate Nail Salons, Mayor Says" (New York Times • May 2015)
  10. [47:00] "The Economics of New York’s Low Nail-Salon Prices" (James Surowiecki • New Yorker • May 2015)

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