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The Trump administration is considering 100 percent tariffs for European wine and other goods. That could effectively double the price of many wines in stores and restaurants, while also doubling the price of olive oil and other goods. The administration says this is a retaliatory move. Thousands of jobs could be at stake.

We examine the possible impact with our guests:

The world seems to be on a knife's edge in so many regions, and American relationships are vital.

We welcome a semi-regular guest to discuss his latest work in understanding world events and geopolitics in Russia, China, and more. We also discuss the Iran crisis. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

We have a debate about tariffs. Last week on Connections, we heard from several United Auto Workers employees who said that even though they think President Trump is untrustworthy, they will still vote for him if he maintains his policy on tariffs. They said they think the tariffs are good for American workers. But other people disagree.

This hour, our guests debate the effectiveness of tariffs and their impact on the American economy. In studio:

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A new proposed federal law aims to stop robocalls cold.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is a co-signer of the bipartisan proposal known as the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, or TRACED, Act. He said the legislation would empower the federal government to fine robocallers $10,000 per call.

President Trump promised tariffs when he was a candidate. Now that he's delivering, some business leaders are expressing shock and concern.

But why is this president being treated differently than previous presidents who also deployed tariffs? And what, exactly, would a trade war look like? Our guests discuss it.

  • Kent Gardner, chief economist with the Center for Governmental Research
  • Rob Shum, professor in the Department of Political Science at the College at Brockport
  • Amit Batabyal, professor of economics at RIT