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In President Obama’s final address to the UN General Assembly, he cited progress over the last eight years, including the Iran nuclear deal and the thawing of relations with Cuba. But he also recognized that many challenges remain for the international community. With the conflict in Syria still unresolved and millions of people displaced, what will Obama’s foreign policy legacy be? Next, how withdrawing from NAFTA or the WTO would be surprisingly easy to do and could trigger a trade war. Then, LA and Vancouver are in a battle over which city has the best Chinese food west of the Mississippi. And finally, a new report by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting explores the lives of ‘trimmigrants’ in California’s pot farms, and reveals the sexual abuse some say they’ve been subjected to.

Photo: General Assembly Hall at the United Nations in New York, N.Y.,Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

What will Obama's foreign policy legacy be? 13 MIN, 17 SEC

President Obama gave his final address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday. He spent much of the speech talking about the need for international cooperation and diplomacy. He cited progress over the last eight years of his administration, including the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, and the thawing of relations with Cuba. But he also recognized that challenges remain for the international community, particularly in finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria and doing more to accommodate millions of desperate refugees. How will the state of Syria affect Obama’s legacy? And will his predecessor carry on the policies he’s most proud of?

Guests:
Molly O'Toole, Foreign Policy magazine (@mollymotoole)

How a President Trump could disrupt US trade agreements 7 MIN, 5 SEC

Both presidential candidates have said they are against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. And Donald Trump has said that he will also renegotiate or withdrawal from NAFTA and possibly from the World Trade Organization. Critics warn that those actions could trigger a trade war and that it would be surprisingly easy for Trump to make good on those promises if he was elected.

Guests:
Gary Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International Economics (@PIIE_com)

More:
Why a President Trump Could Start a Trade War With Surprising Ease

Which city has the best Chinese food west of the Mississippi? 7 MIN, 10 SEC

Los Angeles is constantly in competition with New York. Whether we want to be or not, we’re often pitted against the East Coast city in the news and popular culture. But now LA is in a surprising new competition with a city in the West – Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s a battle over which city has the best Chinese food west of the Mississippi.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

More:
How it got in your mouth

'Trimmigrants' claim abuse, trafficking at California's illegal pot farms 10 MIN, 20 SEC

The Emerald Triangle is a cluster of rural counties in the woods of Northern California. It’s also the Wild West of the marijuana industry. In harvest season, young people arrive at the pot farms there to trim the buds of marijuana plants. It’s a good seasonal gig, but most growers are men and many of the trimmers are women, which means there is an environment for sexual exploitation. A new report by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting explores the lives of ‘trimmigrants’ and reveals the sexual abuse some say they’ve been subjected to.

Guests:
Shoshana Walter, Reveal

More:
In secretive marijuana industry, whispers of abuse and trafficking

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