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Marketplace for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Airing on Tuesday, April 21, 2015:  Committee votes in Congress are expected in coming days on whether to give the president special authority to finish negotiating a major trade deal with China and others. The deep skepticism that exists among Democrats is summed up well in a line New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said last week : “I don’t believe in these agreements anymore. I’ve changed.” We look at what else has changed since the North American Free Trade Agreement era when it comes to the U.S. economy and its place in the world economy. Next, California’s long history of anti-tax, anti-government propositions, starting with Proposition 13, now stands in the way of the state responding to a devastating drought. How’d that happen? Plus, the Department of Energy is proposing billions in investment in power grid infrastructure to make it more reliable and secure. The U.S. suffers far more outages than other developed countries. And the entire system is vulnerable if extreme weather or human attacks take out transformers–devices which are essential to moving electricity long distances.

Segments From this episode

Knock it off! A step-by-step guide to make a bag

by Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan Apr 21, 2015
Saddleback Leather addresses copycats in a step-by-step YouTube video
President Obama talks trade

Trade agreements, then and now

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Apr 21, 2015
Congress is turning its attention to trade this week.
Final Note

Now Amazon will let you rent goats

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 21, 2015
Amazon's new product Home Services has a goat grazing service.

A call to invest in safety of the power grid

by Scott Tong Apr 21, 2015
Department of Energy proposes billions in investment in power grid infrastructure.

Anti-tax measure complicates California drought effort

by Sarah Gardner Apr 21, 2015
Higher water rates for conservation can violate a constitutional limit on fees.

Trouble on the chicken farm

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 21, 2015
The avian flu has infected millions of hens in Iowa.

Music from the episode

Chinatown Wild Nothing
The Bay Metronomy
Dark Sunrise Rikki Ililonga, Musi-O-Tunya
The World Ender Lord Huron
Sound & Color Alabama Shakes
Future People Alabama Shakes
Suicidal Dead Sara
This Is The Last Time The National
VCR (The xx cover) The Antlers

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