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The Weekly: Apple’s Gold
The Weekly: Apple’s Gold

The Weekly: Apple’s Gold

25 min • Crime, Business & Technology • 2019

In Colombia, illegal gold is the new cocaine. And your iPhone is filled with it. Gold generates more revenue for criminal groups and drug traffickers than the drug trade itself, and that revenue can be tied to the technology in everyone’s pocket. The Colombian government has sought to stamp out illegal mining, but those efforts have been thwarted by paramilitary groups on the ground. In this investigation, THE WEEKLY goes inside these rebel-controlled mining operations – exploring the human costs of a tainted supply chain – all the way from Colombia to Apple headquarters in California. (Episode 12 of 30)
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