This Week on ‘America’s Business’

Americas-Business-logo.jpgU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer headlines this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” highlighting the benefits of trade to the U.S. economy even during the tough times of recession. Secretary Schafer looks at prospects for the pending U.S. free trade agreements, and sees hope for congressional action next year on Colombia and Panama, if not Korea. (For more from this interview, see this post on

Also on the program this week is Peter Buffett, musician, composer and son of mega-investor Warren Buffett. Peter will be attending the Future Capitals Summit in Abu Dhabi on January 13-15. This conference is taking place to discuss which countries will emerge as centers of commerce in the coming years, a topic of the younger Buffet’s expertise.

The American Tort Reform Association has released its latest “Judicial Hellholes” detailing the states and venues where frivolous and abusive lawsuits drive up costs and destroy justice. ATRA’s general counsel, Victor Schwartz, joins Mike to tell us which jurisdictions are improving and which are becoming even more hell-like. We’ll follow that up with our “Legally Insane” case of the week with Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership.

Wind power promises to be an important part of America’s energy portfolio in the coming year. Here to give the lowdown on wind’s potential is Greg Wetston, Senior Director for Government Affairs at the American Wind Energy Association. And for another perspective on wind power, on the program is Steve Lockard, President and CEO of TPI Composites. TPI Composites manufactures the blades you see on those large wind towers.

In our regular segments, NAM commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”

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