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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump disagree on a lot of things, but when it comes to the trade policies of recent presidents — both Democrat and Republican — they use almost the same language. We hear about "free trade" and political trade-offs.

Later on the program, every month, one million people in India reach the age of 18. We hear about the continuing influence of the ancient caste system on the youthful population of the world's largest democracy.

Photo: "Stop Fast Track" rally in Washington DC, April 2015 (AFGE)

Producers:
Evan George
Paul von Zielbauer
Jared Morgan

Syria's Civil War and the Peace Talks to End Them 6 MIN, 30 SEC

On the fifth anniversary of Syria's civil war, peace talks are scheduled to begin again with reports that the main opposition group will attend. Russia says the al-Assad government will also go to Geneva. Laura Rosen reports for Al Monitor.

Guests:
Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor (@lrozen)

"Free Trade" and Presidential Politics 32 MIN, 18 SEC

Ronald Reagan, both Presidents Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have all supported massive trade agreements from NAFTA to CAFTA to the Trans Pacific Partnership. Economists disagree about who wins and who loses in these complex, economic agreements, which are negotiated in secret, with lobbyists for powerful interest groups making sure they get in on the action. The TPP been signed by the US and 11 Asian countries, but it's still waiting for an up or down vote in Congress. Meantime, it's become a hot-button issue in both the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns.

Guests:
Peter Goodman, International Business Times (@petersgoodman)
Russell Roberts, Stanford University / EconTalk (@econtalker)
Rob Scott, Economic Policy Institute (@RobScott_epi)

More:
Roberts' 'The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism'

Past Due

Peter S. Goodman

India's Youth Explosion 10 MIN, 56 SEC

The world's largest democracy is changing fast, but India's caste system still prevails in many ways. Somini Sengupta, who covers the United Nation for the New York Times, has lived in both the United States and India, and considers herself part of both countries. Now she's written a book about the world's second most populous nation — expected to surpass China before very long. India is also the world's largest democracy, where 40% of the population is under age 35 and a million people turn 18 every month. Her book is The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young.

Guests:
Somini Sengupta, New York Times (@SominiSengupta)

The End of Karma

Somini Sengupta

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