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The immigration reform now being debated would amend and extend the guest worker program.  We’ll hear what it could mean for farmers, migrant laborers and American workers who say they’re being pushed out of the job market.  Would the new rules improve working conditions for foreigners and domestic employees?  Also, a new book traces the world of today back to 1979 and the actions of Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, Deng Xioping and the Ayatollah Khomeini. We’ll talk with the author.  

Banner Photo: U.S. Senators (L-R) Chuck Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) hold a news conference following their tour of the Arizona-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona March 27, 2013. © EUTERS/Samantha Sais 

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg

Making News Woman Found Alive in Bangladesh, after Death Toll Surpasses 1,000 7 MIN, 45 SEC

More than 2 weeks since a clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh, a woman was pulled alive from the rubble today.  But the death toll has risen to more than 1000 — the worst in garment-industry history. Georgetown University Professor Pietra Rivoli, author of “The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy” speaks with Warren. 

Guests:
Pietra Rivoli, Georgetown University (@msbgu)

Reporter's Notebook ‘Strange Rebels’ and the Significance of 1979 10 MIN, 35 SEC

In his new book, “Strange Rebels,” Christian Caryl maintains that 1979 was a “transformative” year when apparently different leaders were all seized by a “peculiar spirit of defiance.”  The result was the end of the post-World-War II order and the beginning of what we know now: an era of globalized economics and politicized religion.  

Guests:
Christian Caryl, Legatum Institute (@ccaryl)

Main Topic Immigration Reform and the Guest Worker Program 32 MIN, 32 SEC

As Congress debates immigration reform, one possible sticking point is a new look for the guest worker program. Many farmers say the current, H-2A visa system involves so much red tape they have no choice but to hire undocumented labor. At the same time, American workers have won court orders against illegal discrimination and poor working conditions.

Guests:
Manuel Cunha, President, Nisei Farmers League
Dawson Morton, Georgia Legal Services
Zandrea Wade, Former Field Worker
Carol Swain, Vanderbilt University (@carolmswain)
Clarissa Martinez de Castro, National Council of La Raza (@NCLR)

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