Mon January 28, 2013
Planet Money

Antigua: Land Of Sun, Sand, And Super Cheap Downloads

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 5:32 am

Any day now, you might be able to download Argo, Lincoln and Les Mis for a dime a piece. Microsoft Office could go for a quarter. A song might cost a penny. And it could all be perfectly legal under international law.

As part of a long-running trade dispute, the tiny island nation of Antigua and Barbuda (population: 90,000) won the right to use the intellectual property of U.S. firms — without having to pay any royalties or licensing fees.

At a meeting in Geneva today, the country got the final go ahead from the World Trade Organization.

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Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Trade Representative Ron Kirk To Leave Next Month

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will step down in February.
Jacques Brinon AP

The Obama Administration is losing another top official. Trade Representative Ron Kirk says he'll leave at the end of February.

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Fri November 30, 2012
Planet Money

Why Mexico Is The World's Biggest Exporter Of Flat-Screen TVs

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 9:04 am

Mark Lennihan AP

Most of the news we hear about Mexico these days is about drug-related violence. But it turns out there's another, brighter story there: The country's economy has been growing at a solid pace for the past couple years, driven in large part by solid exports.

Among other things, Mexico is the world's largest exporter of flat-screen TVs. There are a lot of factories just south of the U.S. border, filled with workers putting together televisions. The individual parts come from Asia, but the final assembly is done in Mexico.

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Wed November 28, 2012
Planet Money

Frozen Pizza, Fatty Alcohol And Wire Hangers

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

What do self-rising pizza, photographic paper and chain-saw chains have in common? They're all products the U.S has been accused of dumping onto foreign markets.

In other words, some foreign country said U.S. companies were exporting these products at prices lower than they sold for at home — a practice that's covered under international trade rules that the U.S. more than 100 other countries have agreed to.

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Sun September 30, 2012
Author Interviews

From Tea To T-Shirts: The History Of U.S.-China Trade

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:25 pm

You probably don't give much thought to the phrase "Made in China" when you see it written on the bottom of your coffee mug, or on the tag of your T-shirt, but Americans have traded with China for hundreds of years.

In his new book, When America First Met China, Eric Jay Dolin takes us back to the beginning of the long and complicated trade relationship between the two countries.

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