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03/20/2017: NAFTA, explained

According to the Labor Department, there are just over 100,000 people who work in textiles now and there are just three mills making denim in the U.S. Wikimedia Commons

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We’re kicking off a new series today, explaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and what could happen if President Donald Trump renegotiates it. To start off, we have to talk about your pants. Where they were made and what you paid for them are essential to understanding how NAFTA works. Then, we’ll talk with Jaime Serra, one of the agreement’s architects in Mexico. Plus, the latest on Brexit negotiations and Uber’s scandal-filled year. 

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NAFTA Explained

Mexico's NAFTA architect on why he doesn't take Trump's critiques personally

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Mar 20, 2017
Jaime Serra was part of a trio that put the deal together. And he doesn't take the president's critiques personally.

The spring home-buying season could use more homes

by Aaron Schrank Mar 20, 2017
Builders are building, but too may owners are staying put.

Uber president walks away after six months on the job

by Amy Scott Mar 20, 2017
The president of Uber is quitting after just six months on the job. In a statement, former Target executive Jeff Jones said his approach to leadership was “inconsistent” with what he experienced at Uber. The news is just the latest in a seemingly unending stream of bad publicity for the company. After a viral video […]
NAFTA Explained

If we're going to talk about NAFTA, we need to talk about your pants

by Kai Ryssdal , Daisy Palacios and Bridget Bodnar Mar 20, 2017
Your blue jeans and the price you paid for them has a lot to do with the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Britain announces date for Brexit negotiations

by Stephen Beard Mar 20, 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May will start Brexit negotiations Wednesday, March 29. She will formally notify the 27 remaining European Union leaders that Britain intends to pull out of the bloc. Two years of talks are scheduled, and it could well turn out to be two years of hard bargaining. Click the audio player above to hear […]

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Hate It Or Love It The Game, 50 Cent
Sooner or Later Arms and Sleepers
Cissy Strut The Meters

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