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Fruits and vegetables from Mexico are cheap and plentiful in the United States, but a recent investigation shows Mexican agribusiness treating the produce better than the workers who grow it and bring in the harvest.  Are Mexico's labor laws being enforced? Also, blowback from the CIA torture report, and an exiled Iranian journalist talks about her changing country and the role of women.

Photo: Bread for the World

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Claire Martin
Jenny Hamel

Blowback from the CIA Torture Report 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Democrats and Republicans disagree about whether brutal interrogation by the CIA produced valuable intelligence after 911. Today, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reiterated the President's view that "these techniques, regardless of whether or not they elicit national intelligence information, undermines our ability to use this very powerful tool." But outgoing Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado countered, that "while the study clearly shows that the CIA's detention interrogation program itself was deeply flawed, the deeper, more endemic problem lies in a CIA assisted by a White House that continues to try to cover up the truth." Michael Crowley reports for Politico.

Guests:
Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)

The Human Cost of Cheap Produce 33 MIN, 34 SEC

Walmart, Safeway, Whole Foods and other American grocers import billions of dollars-worth of fruits and vegetables from Mexico.  The companies advertise "ethical sourcing guidelines" including humane treatment of Mexican farm workers. But a recent Los Angeles Times investigation reveals unpaid laborers trapped behind fences far from home, living in squalor, short of drinkable water, bathing in irrigation canals. Is that what's keeping food prices down?

Guests:
Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times (@ricardin24)
Lance Jungmeyer, Fresh Produce Association of the Americas
Laura Carlsen, Center for International Policy (@cipamericas)
Peter O'Driscoll, Equitable Food Initiative (@EquitableFood)

More:
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas on sustainability, social responsibility
Equitable Food Initiative issues 'responsibly grown' certifications to farm operations

New York Times Correspondent Flees Iran, the Country She Loves 9 MIN, 48 SEC

Nazila Fathi was eight years old when the Islamic Revolution changed her country completely in 1979. After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected president of Iran in 2009, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding his resignation. Fathi covered the story for the New York Times.  That led to threats against her safety, and she fled the country along with her family.  Now, she's written a memoir, The Lonely War: One Woman's Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran, reflecting on her life and a changing country. 

Guests:
Nazila Fathi, journalist and author (@nazilafathi)

The Lonely War

Nazila Fathi

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