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Trade Off: A Marketplace Special Report

Sep 14, 2017
Marketplace reporters Scott Tong and Sarah Gardner share stories about globalization and backlash in this 50-minute special, the culmination of their reporting for the Trade Off series.
Illustration by Ken Garduno

As India's economy catches up to the richer world, tensions emerge

Sep 12, 2017
People in emerging economies reap benefits from an interconnected world, but their gains can stoke resentment in developed nations.
Globalization is helping countries like China and India catch up with Western countries.
Ken Garduno, Illustrator

Is retraining worth it? Laid off paper millworkers weigh the benefits

Sep 6, 2017
Government programs are meant to help those workers get new jobs. But reinvention is hard.
The remains of the NewPage paper mill in Kimberly, Wisconsin. The mill closed in 2008, leaving 600 people out of work. Kimberly-Clark Corp. built the mill in 1889.
Hayley Hershman

Why do U.S. retraining programs fall short?

Sep 1, 2017
The programs for workers displaced by globalization are a half-hearted attempt to help.
Ken Garduno, Illustrator

How the British began a free trade bonanza

Aug 28, 2017
England's repeal of tariffs on grain imports in the 19th century kicked off a free trade explosion.
The Repeal of the Corn Laws in Manchester is a 170-year old story with ramifications that continue to this day.
Ken Garduno, Illustrator

The American protectionism bill that made the Great Depression worse

Aug 24, 2017
The Smoot-Hawley story you never learned in high school history class.
The Smoot-Hawley Tariff was a protectionist piece of legislation that raised tariffs on over 20,000 imported goods.
Ken Garduno, Illustrator

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Is globalization in decline?

Aug 18, 2017
Trade barriers may rise and fall, but it's not a case of extremes, one expert says.
Is our world getting more or less globally connected?
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

"We make German cars, in America"

Aug 16, 2017
Spartanburg County made a big bet on globalization when they landed a BMW manufacturing facility 25 years ago. Here's what that looks like today.
Inside Assembly North at BMW's Spartanburg manufacturing facility, the biggest BMW factory in the world.
Bridget Bodnar/Marketplace

The place where globalization kept its promise

Aug 15, 2017
It's clear today that not all boats rose in the tide of globalization...but in some places, it sure does feel like it.
A collection of newspapers from BMW's early days in Spartanburg county.
Bridget Bodnar/Marketplace