On June 16th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about why the House recently rejected President Obama’s secret trade agenda. More than 2000 civil society organizations including labor, and environmental groups, have campaigned against the TPP. They argue that it will harm workers in the US and abroad and will over rides domestic laws. What do you want to know about the TPP? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Dean Baker, macro economist, and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Today on Your Call: What is the legacy of NAFTA?

Jan 13, 2014

House Committee on Education

It’s been almost two decades since Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. When then-president Bill Clinton signed it, he told Congress that the agreement was the only correct response to the world’s rapidly changing economy. As a border state and a major agricultural producer, California has a big stake in NAFTA. 

U.C. Berkeley geography professor Harley Shaiken has written extensively on the agreement, and he spoke with KALW's Holly Kernan about what NAFTA has meant for this state.

NAFTA's environmental impact on Tijuana 20 years later

Oct 24, 2012
Adrian Florido

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed 20 years ago, one of the big concerns was how the treaty would impact the environment.

After NAFTA was signed, eastern Tijuana experienced a building frenzy. One industrial park after another sprung up to accommodate the hundreds of American factories that came here in search of cheap labor.

Magdalena Cerda is an environmental activist, and she’s brought me to the edge of one of those sprawling complexes, to some barren, empty concrete basketball courts.

Food fight in Florida over the Tomato Wars

Oct 24, 2012
Michel Marizco

Florida and Mexico growers are feuding over tomato prices. It’s the same argument heard nearly 20 years ago when NAFTA was first signed, when American farmers feared cheaper Mexican crops would flood the market here and put them out of business.

On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation with veteran journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele, authors of "The Betrayal of the American Dream." They argue that since the 1980s, the ruling elite, with the help of Republican and Democratic politicians, have sold their business-friendly reforms to the American people in the name of economic efficiency. Instead, the middle class has been systematically impoverished. Join us live at 10 or send an email What will it take to achieve equity and prosperity for everyone?