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The Response

Mar 6, 2023

Today on the show — a special presentation of a live conversation between Saket Soni and Rebecca Solnit on Saket Soni’s new book, The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America.


The Great Escape is the harrowing story of how 500 disaster relief workers from India were trafficked to the United States under false pretenses and exposed to inhumane conditions while rebuilding New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Rebecca Solnit has described the book as being “paced like a thriller, written like a poem, and full of vivid characters who’d enliven any novel, but it’s the true story of one of the largest modern-day trafficking incidents in recent history and how Saket Soni and his crew went after the powerful perpetrators. A story as important as it is riveting to read.”


Saket Soni is the co-founder and executive director of Resilience Force, the national voice of the resilience workforce — whose labor helps us prepare for, and repair after, climate disaster. He will be in conversation with renowned author Rebecca Solnit, who wrote, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster — a book that inspired the creation of this show and which we’ve talked about many times in past episodes.


This conversation is a recording of a live event co-organized with The Green Arcade in San Francisco on March 3rd. The Green Arcade is a bookshop featuring socially conscious nonfiction, plus select literature & kids' titles, located on Market St.

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