WPR Teams Up with CBC for Call-In Show about Trade

Wisconsin Public Radio's Rob Ferrett and the CBC's Duncan McCue will co-host an international call-in show about trade on Sunday. Wisconsin Public Radio's Rob Ferrett and the CBC's Duncan McCue will co-host an international call-in show about trade on Sunday. |  Photo: J.Potter/WPR and CBC Radio

Created: July 11, 2018 12:18 PM

Wisconsin Public Radio is teaming up with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for a live call-in show about trade between the two countries.

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The Trump administration recently imposed a 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel imports and a 10 percent import on Canadian aluminum imports, and Canada responded with its own tariffs.  Canada's CTV News reported that the choice of some of the products covered by the tariffs, including toilet paper and lawn mowers, appeared to target Wisconsin.

The Sunday, July 15, edition of the CBC's weekly "Cross Country Checkup" show will focus on the trade war in a broadcast from WPR's studios in Madison.  WPR's Rob Ferrett will co-host the program with the CBC's Duncan McCue, and the show will be simulcast on all Wisconsin Public Radio stations.  

"I'm looking forward to co-hosting this special edition of Cross Country Checkup with Rob," McCue said in a news release. "Canada is the top destination for Wisconsin’s international exports and almost 137,000 jobs in Wisconsin [according to Canadian government figures] rely on trade with Canada, so it's a topic close to many people's hearts and wallets."

The show will air live from 3 to 5 p.m. Central time and will include callers from across Wisconsin and Canada.  Listeners will be able to call 1-888-416-8333 to participate in the conversation.

WPR stations in northwestern Wisconsin include KUWS (91.3 FM) and WSSU (88.5 FM) in Superior, WHSA (89.9 FM) in Brule, WHWA (104.7 FM) in Washburn, WUWS (90.9 FM) in Ashland, and WHBM (90.3 FM) in Park Falls.

"Cross Country Checkup" is a weekly show that airs live across Canada on CBC Radio One.

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