The Panama Canal and 50 Years of Global Shipping

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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 shippers, environmentalists, economists and experts on the maritime world and about the world of shipping--present and future, including the planned radical renovation of the Panama Canal.
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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.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Associated Press article on Senate conclusions about FEMA

Panama Canal Authority

Panama Canal Master Plan

Text of McCloy's letter to the Sago victims' families



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