The shipping container, invented 50 years ago, has transformed global trade. From Hong Kong to Houston, Shanghai to Fort Lauderdale, oil and other sorts of commodities are traveling the world's waterways in massive volumes. Just one of today's ships, which are literally called ---giants,--- can carry enough containers to fill a single file of trucks 68 miles long. They're so massive that now even the Panama Canal must be expanded. What are the impacts of today's global shipping on the economy and environment? Guest host Diana Nyad talks with economists, environmentalists and shippers about the world of shipping--present and future, including the planned radical renovation of the Panama Canal. (An extended version of this discussion originally aired earlier today on To the Point
- >Making News: Conflict Brewing over May 1 Pro-Immigrant Rallies
May 1 is looked upon as Labor Day in Latin American countries and many others around the world. From LA to Mexico City, Monday is being marked as day of nationwide boycotts by pro-immigration factions. However, according to Jazm--n Ortega, metro reporter for La Opini--n, there is growing dissention within the immigrant-rights community over scheduled rallies.
Guest host Diana Nyad
, 2002 inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame
, is a business sports columnist for Marketplace
, senior sports correspondent for Fox News
, and has hosted her own show on CNBC
. She's also the author
of three books.
May 1 Pro-immigration activities
Cardinal Mahony on promoting immigration reform
Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437)
Panama Canal Authority
Panama Canal Master Plan