Book TV: Travels of a T-Shirt, and National Book Festival

note: if you would like to know about any rebroadcasts of the T-Shirt program in future weekends, use the RSS feed.  See

The weekend schedule for CSpan-2 is at .

A big chunk of time this weekend will be live coverage of the National Book Festival, which means the scheduling is more flexible and we don’t have descriptions of author presentations that were previously recorded. The advance agenda does have several people who would be of interest for social studies teaching, however (see below). In terms of current events, it looks like there will be a live interview of Bob Woodward, who is breaking news this week with material from his new book.

The one pre-recorded program that I’m planning to record for use in teaching is The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade, by Pietra Rivoli, scheduled for 5:00am Monday morning EDT:=============

Description: Pietra Rivoli talks about her book, which explains globalization through the story of a t-shirt’s lifespan – from harvesting the cotton in Texas through that shirt’s manufacture in China to its eventual sale as a new product in the U.S. and as used clothing in Africa. In the course of her talk she discusses trade policies, economics, and politics in the U.S., China and Africa. During the discussion, the author shows slides of her travels and later answers questions from the audience. Bentley College in Boston, Massachusetts, hosted this event.

Author Bio: Since 1983, Pietra Rivoli has served on the faculty of Georgetown University’s School of Business. Her work has appeared in the Journal of International of Business, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business Ethics Quarterly.

Publisher: JOHN WILEY & SONS 111 River Street Hoboken, NJ 07030


The reviews at

are very positive.


The line-up for the National Book Festival Saturday is posted at’l_093006.asp

Check CSpan & BookTV web pages for rebroadcast of some segments over the weekend.



  1. John Day
    Posted October 2, 2006 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Please let me know if “Travels of a T Shirt” will be rebroadcast.
    John Day

  2. Posted November 11, 2006 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I have just run across a related article by George Packer from March 31, 2002 in the New York Times, titled “How Susie Bayer’s T-Shirt Ended Up on Yusuf Mama’s Back.”

    I expect it can be retrieved from the Times archives, or from Lexis/Nexis if you have access to that.

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