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NAFTA: The View From Mexico

Thousands of Mexicans take part in an anti-Trump march in Mexico City. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

This week, Canada, Mexico, and the United States begin yet another round of talks about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement – what President Donald Trump has deemed “the worst trade deal in history”. On this episode of the podcast, we focus on NAFTA from Mexico’s perspective: how it has affected the country, and what’s at stake if it collapses.

First, reporter Maya Kroth brings us a story about a craft beer brewer in Tijuana whose success depends upon a free flow of supplies across the border. Then, host Joseph Dana talks with Carlos Bravo Regidor, a professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City, about how NAFTA is being debated in the Mexican press, and how the trade deal has influenced culture. Finally, Fernando Hernández reports on the landscape of resistance to NAFTA, from an indigenous presidential candidate to a former shoemaker.