Episode from the podcastThink Out Loud

"Swap Talk:" A Special Collaboration With KQED

Released Friday, 12th May 2017
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Farmers across Oregon and California are gearing up for the summer season. Will President Trump’s tough talk on trade help or hurt them? How will fears about deportation affect hiring for the upcoming harvest season? Jeff Stone, Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and Mas Masumoto, an organic peach and grape farmer at Masumoto Family Farm, based in Fresno, California, join us. / A Reuters opinion poll in January found that 1 out of 3 Californians favored a movement for the state to leave the union and become it’s own country. But secession movements on the west coast are nothing new. In 1941, activists in Northern California and Southern Oregon went so far as to change the state line signs to welcome travelers to the new State of Jefferson. And several legislators from Eastern Washington have submitted bills to break the state in two. What is behind this desire for secession on the West Coast? What do the new efforts have in common with the old ones? Are California, Oregon, and Washington really all that different from the rest of the country? And has the election changed anything for efforts like these?

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