WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

Peter Andreas: "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America"

As Congress continues to hammer out the details of immigration reform, many are demanding measures to regain control of the nation's borders. But a new book argues that politicians suffer from historical amnesia and America’s borders have never been secure. In fact, smuggling and porous borders have played a key role in America’s birth and economic development, according to a book by Peter Andreas, "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America." Far from being a new danger to the country, the illicit underside of globalization is actually an American tradition.

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Excerpted from "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America" by Peter Andreas. Copyright © 2013 by Peter Andreas. Excerpted by permission of Oxford University Press, USA. All rights reserved.

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Dick Van Dyke: "Keep Moving"

Actor Dick Van Dyke is beloved for his roles in movie classics such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the TV series, The Dick Van Dyke Show. In a new memoir he shares his tips aging well and the value of living in the moment.


Sip On This: That $10,000 Bottle Of Wine Might Really Be 2-Buck Chuck

Take a close look at the glass of wine you're drinking. There's a chance it could be some cheap plonk packaged with an upmarket label. Counterfeiting wine is big business among old and rare vintages.

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