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Trade agreements may be essential in the global economy, but they’re a source of anxiety — even among those who seem to be "winners." The West Coast is one of the unexpected places where they're widespread anxiety.

Later on the program, thanks to smartphones, almost all human knowledge is instantly available.  Is it also making us forget how to find out facts for ourselves… and how to use them for reasonable understanding?  

Photo: Protesters demonstrate against the Trans Pacific Partnership  (Mark Apollo)

Producers:
Evan George
Katie Cooper

Taliban Ramps Up Offensive with Kabul Bombing 6 MIN, 30 SEC

This morning an explosion and gunfight in Kabul killed dozens and wounded more than 300 others during the morning rush hour. The Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a security unit for high level government officials. The attack comes one week after the militant group announced its spring offensive, a signal that the Taliban plans to follow through on their promise to carry out large scale attacks this fighting season. Barbara Bogaev speaks with freelance reporter Sune Engel Rasmussen, who is based in Kabul and writes for the Guardian and the Economist.

Guests:
Sune Engel Rasmussen, freelance journalist (@SuneEngel)

Who's Afraid of Free Trade? 33 MIN, 30 SEC

Free trade is one issue responsible for the success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — in their campaigns against the centrist establishments of both major political parties. Nobody is more directly involved in the consequences of international agreements and the business of free trade than the truckers who pick up goods at America's two busiest ports and deliver them across the country. But even they are divided about the merits of free trade. And as the presidential campaign moves West, we hear that even California voters are ambivalent about the future of free trade.

Special thanks to Saul Gonzalez, JC Swiatek, Caitlin Shamberg for production assistance.

This episode was developed in part from sources in the Public Insight Network. To find more, visit KCRW.com/insight.

Guests:
Mike Madrid, GrassrootsLab (@madrid_mike)
John Stevenson, heavy equipment mechanic
Marco Poehner, teacher/farmer
Josh Barro, Business Insider / KCRW's Left, Right & Center' (@jbarro)
Elizabeth Wahl, educational consultant

More:
Dornsife/Times poll on California voters' worry about trade deals

In the Digital Age, We Know More but Understand Less 9 MIN, 19 SEC

The co-founder of Google has promised we're almost at the point where smartphones will be implanted in our brains. "If you think about a fact," he says, "it will just tell you the answer." Philosophy professor Michael Patrick Lynch takes it a step further. What if generations of people come to depend on such implants…and then something happens to make everybody's implant crash. That's the starting point for his new book, The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data.

Guests:
Michael Patrick Lynch, University of Connecticut (@Plural_truth)

The Internet of Us

Michael P. Lynch

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