TPP

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One of President Trump’s very first official acts was to sign an executive order stating it will be the policy of his Administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The way it was phrased was kind of like those Bay Area ballot measures that may or may not make a difference, like, “The San Francisco Board of Supervisors denounce the war in Iraq”; in other words, it doesn’t actually put anything definitive into effect. But Congress is already responding to that, and opponents of the ACA are looking for ways to cut costs.

On the September 9th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss a new Buzzfeed investigation about how a private global court empowers corporations to bend countries to their will and help executives escape punishment.

G7 2016 Ise-Shima Summit

 On the May 27th edition of Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s visits to Vietnam and Japan. 

On the April 19th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the effects of US trade policies on California’s economy. 

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.

Guests:

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

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Trade representatives from twelve countries have been discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership for four years. They’re discussing removing tariffs, protecting the environment, and stopping the piracy of copyrighted  material - all in the name of freer international trade.

Not much is known about what’s in this agreement, but based on what’s been leaked, here’s what we think we know about a couple of key components that will affect Californians: cows and computers.

On the farm

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the highly secretive, multi-national trade agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations. WikiLeaks has released a chapter focusing on patents, the medical establishment, and a whole section devoted to copyright and trademark issues. Why does Trans Pacific Partnership agreement matter? And how is it going to impact you? Join the conversation and call in with your question with Matt Martin and you.

Guests:

Vinod Aggarwal, professor of political science at UC Berkeley