[Planet Money] Trade deal confidential

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In today’s show, Carla A. Hills recalls this photograph of a three-way handshake with Canada’s Minister Wilson and Mexico’s Secretary Serra following the conclusion of NAFTA negotiation. Courtesy of American Bar Association

NPR | 26 June 2015

Planet Money
Episode 635:
Trade Deal Confidential

Right now hundreds of trade negotiators are preparing for battle over the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The text of that agreement is locked in a top-secret room in the basement of the Capitol and won’t be released to the public until the deal is done.

We can’t know what’s going on with the TPP, but we can get behind the scenes of another set of talks, where a few hundred people were locked in a building hashing out one of the biggest trade deals of all time.

We learn the tricks of the trade, how to bluff your way into a good deal, and why a surprising number of suits are Canadian-made.

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