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The U.S.-Canada Two-Way Economy

With the focus on Europe’s economic woes and China’s clout, it’s easy to overlook that our nation’s largest geographic border, Canada, is also our largest trading partner.  Although, it works well most of the time, there are some tensions, like  over duty-free status, controversial energy projects, and imbalances in tourism traffic.  We’ll look at how these issues affect the bottom dollar in both countries. 


  • Edward Alden - Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. His research includes U.S. economic competitiveness and U.S. trade policy. He’s also author of  The Closing of the American Border, which looks in part at what happened at the U.S.-Canada border after 9/11. He has also worked as a reporter in Canada in the 1990's.
  • Tom  Velk - economics professor with McGill University in Montreal. He directs the North American Studies Program and focuses on monetary economics and public policy. He is a Canada-wide media freelancer and former economics editor for CFCF Television, Montreal..
Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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