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Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores how the stereotype of the wounded warrior might be keeping vets from finding meaningful work in civilian life. Also, China and the US strike a tech deal, and goodbye Z4, hello Beemer SUV. Will this decade see the end of the sports car as a status symbol?

Photo: Georgia National Guard

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gideon Brower
Benjamin Gottlieb

China and US Strike Tech Deal 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The US and China have announced an agreement to eliminate tariffs on electronic goods ranging from video-game consoles to medical equipment and semiconductors. The deal was reached during President Obama’s visit to Beijing, and it’s expected to jump-start an information technology pact being negotiated in Geneva by more than 50 countries. Shawn Donnen is World Trade Editor for the Financial Times.

Guests:
Shawn Donnan, Financial Times (@sdonnan)

From War to Work: Vets, Jobs and the Stigma of the Wounded Warrior 35 MIN, 46 SEC

Veterans groups and at least one Republican have called the situation “a national disgrace.” President Obama has said it’s a “moral obligation” to find suitable employment for those who have served. Despite being praised as heroes, despite scores of job programs for vets, many men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan can’t find a job once they come home, or end up in lower paying jobs than they had in the military. According to the latest unemployment reports, 9-11 veterans lag behind civilians in job gains. Are potential employers turning vets away because of the stigma of the wounded warrior, or are veterans not getting the right support to help them transition into a tough job market?

Guests:
Chris Marvin, Got Your 6 (@GotYourSix)
Michael Stajura, Army veteran
Margaret Harrell, RAND Corporation (@RANDCorporation)
Michael Haynie, Syracuse University (@DrMikeHaynie)

More:
RAND on veteran employment

How the “Crossover” Has Replaced the Sports Car 7 MIN, 47 SEC

When you picture a status car, you probably imagine a sleek low slung Porsche, a Maserati or a Bugatti Veyron -- all cars built to impress. Well, those might soon be the status cars of yesteryear. BMW’s head of sales says, sports car purchases have plummeted since the recession of 2008, and some car market watchers say they’re not coming back. Matt Hardigree, Editor in Chief of Jalopnik, a website that covers cars, car culture, and the automotive industry, says we might be seeing the end of classic sports cars as the ultimate status symbols.

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