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The Takeaway

How Air Bags Changed the Auto Industry

Monday, September 15, 2014

Every time you step into a car, you benefit from a product that was the subject of a long fight between car manufacturers and safety advocates: The air bag.

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The Takeaway

The Future of the Mustang & the Auto Industry

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fifty years ago this week Ford Motor Company unveiled the Mustang. Ford is remembering that day in the company's history amid the changing future of the American auto industry.

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The Takeaway

The Nostalgic Road from Detroit to Tehran

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

While the world may be waiting to see how the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran shakes out, people in Iran's auto industry are far more anxious to see U.S. sanctions lifted and the revival of the car market. The Paykan, a homely little car, may just be a bridge between two divided nations. Shahin Armin, a seasoned expert in all things Paykan, joins The Takeaway to discuss what sanctions have done to Iran's auto industry.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Assessing Geithner's Term

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

President Obama's former "car czar" Steven Rattner, author of Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry, discusses Timothy Geithner's legacy in the Obama administration and current economic news.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The American Dream in Detroit

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Charlie LeDuff, son of Detroit, former New York Times reporter, T.V. reporter for Detroit's Fox2 News and author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, talks about what the story of Detroit can tell us about the past and future of American manufacturing, and what lessons can be learned.

 

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The Takeaway

Credit for Northeast Ohio's Economic Boom Not a Given for Obama

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ohio is on the economic mend — the Lordstown GM plant is humming, along with a brand new billion-dollar steel plant and the discovery of shale natural gas — but can Obama claim credit? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich talked with workers and undecided voters on this battleground to find out.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Auto Industry and the 2012 Election

Thursday, September 20, 2012

In 2008, we broke down the election map state-by-state. In 2012, we’re breaking it down by industry. Each week, we’ll look at a different industry that changed dramatically over the last four years and  find out how that might affect the presidential election. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times talks about the automotive industry and the continuing impact of the 2009 bailout as well as the president’s announcement that the Federal Trade Commission was moving against China, alleging that the country illegally subsidizes its auto part industry—and how all of that affects voters in states from Michigan to Missouri.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Fuel Efficiency Standards

Friday, August 31, 2012

As Republicans gathered for their national convention in Tampa this week, President Barack Obama stole some of their thunder by announcing that automakers will have to nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks by 2025.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Paul Ingrassia Tells a History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Paul Ingrassia tells the story America’s vehicular history—from the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod. In Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars, Ingrassia explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the American experience.

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The Takeaway

Unemployment Falls in Auto Industry Swing States

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Did the auto industry bailout work? New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest it did, with unemployment rates dropping faster than the national average, due in part to jobs created by the auto industry. This could be the push President Obama needs to stay on top until November, but as the rest of the country continues to struggle, it might not be time to raise the victory flag quite yet.

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It's A Free Country ®

Buoyed by Automobile Hiring, Energy, & Tech, Swing State Employment Picture Outpaces Nation's

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The layers of irony could scarcely be denser.  Buoyed in part by automobile hiring, employment in swing states looks far better than the nation as a whole, providing a possible path to victory for President Barack Obama, who bailed out the big three auto manufacturers with a clothespin on his nose.

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The Takeaway

What Kinds of Cars Are Popular in China?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Paul Eisenstein, author of The Detroit Bureau, is at arguably the biggest of all motor show's — and perhaps the most important: Beijing. What kinds of cars do the Chinese people like? The answer has important implications for the American auto industry. That's because what the Chinese want from their cars is increasingly dictating what American's get in their cars.

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The Takeaway

Car Sales Are Up, Are They Sustainable?

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

If you need proof that the economy is looking up, you need only look as far as your neighborhood car lot, or maybe even your own driveway. This week it was announced that there was a major bump in March auto sales. How major? Chrysler alone experienced a 34% increase in sales over the course of the month. Paul Eisenstein is the publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com. He explains what to make of these auto numbers, and whether they’re sustainable.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Addresses United Auto Workers

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

As voters in Michigan prepared to head to the ballots Tuesday, President Obama delivered a rousing speech to the United Auto Workers Union in Washington D.C., taking the opportunity to campaign on the success of the auto-bailout. Three years and some $80 billion later, the rescue of Chrysler and GM has remained fresh in the minds of voters in Michigan. However, the significance of the bank and auto bail-outs may mean something else — or perhaps nothing at all — to voters in other parts of the country.

The Takeaway

What Did Clint and Chrysler Mean by 'Half Time in America'?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

On Superbowl Sunday, Clint Eastwood appeared in a two-minute ad that has been dubbed "Half Time in America." Sponsored by the Chrysler car company, it shows a Detroit that escaped the jaws of defeat to become a model for American recovery. Eastwood's narration goes on to suggest that America is in similarly dire straits: “This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do the world is gonna hear the roar of our engines. It’s half time America, and our second half is about to begin.”

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Transportation Nation

State of the Union -- A Nod to the Auto Industry, and Cutting Construction Red Tape

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Two nods to transportation in the State of the Union; to the auto industry, and cutting red tape.

Nothing like last year's SOTU, where the president promised to connect 80 percent of Americans to high speed rail by 2036 and to put a million electric vehicles on the roads.

For an analysis of all of Obama's speeches on infrastructure and transpo, click here.

Here are the relevant passages:

"On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse.  Some even said we should let it die.  With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen.  In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility.  We got workers and automakers to settle their differences.  We got the industry to retool and restructure.  Today, General Motors is back on top as the world’s number one automaker.  Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company.  Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories.  And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs.   

"We bet on American workers.  We bet on American ingenuity.  And tonight, the American auto industry is back."

And this:

"Building this new energy future should be just one part of a broader agenda to repair America’s infrastructure. So much of America needs to be rebuilt. We’ve got crumbling roads and bridges. A power grid that wastes too much energy. An incomplete high-speed broadband network that prevents a small business owner in rural America from selling her products all over the world.

"During the Great Depression, America built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. After World War II, we connected our States with a system of highways. Democratic and Republican administrations invested in great projects that benefited everybody, from the workers who built them to the businesses that still use them today.

"In the next few weeks, I will sign an Executive Order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many construction projects. But you need to fund these projects. Take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home."

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The Takeaway

120,000 Jobs Added in November, Unemployment Drops Below 9 Percent

Friday, December 02, 2011

Since President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act in September of this year, he has spoken publicly about it more than 50 times. The jobs report for November comes out this morning and the consensus call is that 125,000 new jobs were created this month. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, speaks about the latest jobs numbers as well as specific economic and educational reforms that are trying — with mixed success — to remedy the situation.

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Transportation Nation

Do Higher Cafe Standards Create Jobs?

Friday, December 02, 2011

(Photo (cc) by Flickr user KSGR)

WNYC's Economic Editor, Charlie Herman, has been examining where jobs could come from in this economy, and on the Takeaway today he quotes Klaus Kleinfeld, the head of Alcoa, as saying (about a minute and a half in):

"Suddenly the automakers are saying we have to make our cars more fuel efficient so they look for lightweighting  and they don't want to compromise safety, so then they look at what is the materials they should to choose and they chose aluminum."

Herman says Alcoa is expanding a factory, spending $300 million, and creating 300 jobs.

He says the cafe standards are a "requirement the government is putting on the auto industry that is having trickle down effect.  It will  also make US cars more competitive around the globe, where fuel efficient cars are more in demand."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan served two terms during the financial crisis that caused America’s major car companies to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. Her plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were sidelined by a perfect economic storm. In A Governor’s Story, she tells how she managed the economic crisis in Michigan, and shares the ideas helping American industry recover nationwide.

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The Takeaway

GM and UAW Reach New Agreement

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

General Motors and the United Auto Workers union have released the details of their tentative new four year agreement, which was reached on Tuesday. The deal will close the salary gap between workers in the two-tier wage system that is in place at GM and the two other Detroit automakers. Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit Bureau, has the latest on the deal.

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