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Detroit: Selling off the Museum?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Detroit’s filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection is the largest municipal bankruptcy ever. With the city facing $18 billion in debt and an army of creditors who have been asked to accept pennies on the dollar, the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has made it clear that all the city’s assets ...

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WNYC News

Detroit's Bankruptcy Filing Shakes Local Officials

Monday, July 22, 2013

Detroit's bankruptcy filing last week is a story that has shaken up officials across the country, especially in New Jersey. The cash-strapped city of Camden, for example, continues to face budgetary shortfalls, and recently cut its entire police force in a belt-tightening move.

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The Takeaway

Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, But City Residents Remain Resilient

Friday, July 19, 2013

Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that the city of Detroit would be filing for bankruptcy today. This bankruptcy petition would seek to protect the Motor City from creditors who are owed over $18 billion dollars. While the city government may be going bankrupt, Detroit residents are picking up the slack. The Takeaway talks with Craig Fahle, Host of WDET's the Craig Fahle Show and Amy Peterson, a Detroit resident who won a local competition that supports creative local projects aimed at social change.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Detroit Broke?

Friday, July 19, 2013

On Thursday, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court. So what does this mean? Mark Binelli, author of Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis talks about the filing, and the Brian Lehrer Show takes calls from former Motor City residents.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC Mayoral Race; How To Be Brave; Five Pillars Continued

Friday, July 19, 2013

Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and Kate Taylor from the New York Times update us on the latest in the mayoral race, including who is raising the most money, and where it’s coming from. Plus: active architecture; Five Pillars of Islam week continues with a call-in for anyone who has gone on a religious pilgrimage in honor of the Hajj; Mark Binelli on Detroit's bankruptcy filing; Polly Morland, an author and documentary filmmaker, on her search for bravery; and a call-in to find out just what you’ll wait on – or in – a long line for. 

On Being

Grace Lee Boggs — Becoming Detroit: Reimagining Work, Food, and Community [remix]

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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On Being

[Unedited] Richard Feldman and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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On Being

[Unedited] Gloria Lowe and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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On Being

[Unedited] Grace Lee Boggs and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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On Being

[Unedited] Wayne Curtis / Myrtle Thompson and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Detroit you probably haven't seen in the news. It's a city of vigor — a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work and imagine possibility.

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Soundcheck

A Band Called Death

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Death bassist and vocalist Bobby Hackney Sr. and filmmaker Jeff Howlett join John Schaefer to discuss the new new film A Band Called Death.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Remaking Detroit

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Detroit-area native Mark Binelli talks about Detroit—it’s long downward spiral and its new role as a laboratory for the future of cities. In Detroit City Is the Place to Be, he goes beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty, and ruin to show how Detroit is being re-invented as a post-industrial city becoming smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning.

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The Takeaway

MLK's Original 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Friday, June 21, 2013

We all know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it turns out August 1963 wasn't the first time that King delivered that speech. A few months earlier, on June 23, Dr. King led more than 100,000 people in a march through Detroit, where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech for the first time. Journalist Tony Brown witnessed the original "Dream" speech, and Brown coordinated Dr. King’s 1963 Freedom Walk in Detroit.

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The Takeaway

Mapping the Basics in Detroit

Friday, February 22, 2013

Two stories highlight the bigger problems of food deserts in Detroit, a problem that's being documented through a new data mapping project in collaboration with WDET and our partner station WNYC.

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The Takeaway

Detroit on the Edge of Fiscal Insolvency

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Detroit's financial future may soon be out of the city's hands. Yesterday a review team appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issued its final report, and explained what many in the city already knew: that Detroit faces enormous financial problems. Charlie LeDuff, author of "Detroit: An American Autopsy," explains what the future looks like for the city.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Speaker Quinn; “How to Survive a Plague”; <3 Advice Roulette

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her message for the middle class in her State of the City address and her proposals for making city living more affordable for them. Plus: author and Detroit native Charlie LeDuff on his hometown; the Oscar documentary nominee series continues with “How to Survive a Plague”; the February series on fashion; and a Valentine’s Day edition of advice roulette, where listeners give and get love advice.

The Takeaway

The State of the Union in Seattle, Detroit, and Phoenix

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We continue now with our on-the-ground look at the state of something other than the union President Obama will talk about tonight in his State of the Union Speech. Austin Jenkins, is a statehouse reporter for the Northwest News Network and KUOW in Seattle. Craig Fahle is the host of the The Craig Fahle Show at WDET in Detroit. And Peter O'Dowd is the news director for Fronteras and KJZZ in Phoenix.

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Transportation Nation

Detroit Auto Show: Big Sales, New Models, Fuel Efficiency

Monday, January 14, 2013

A 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

(Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace)  The North American International Auto Show has kicked off in Detroit this week. Last year clearly showed the big-three U.S. automakers were back -- after GM and Chrysler got bailouts, and Chrysler also got new investment and leadership from Fiat. Auto sales were the highest since the recession began.

Facing ambitious new federal mileage standards (fleets have to average 54.5 mpg by 2025), and higher gas prices, automakers are touting ‘fuel efficiency’ at the auto show.

And no longer is it just for mid-market compacts. Even pickups, and sports cars like the new Chevy Corvette, brag on their gas mileage.

The new Corvette -- with styling like the Stingray of the 1970s, after which it is named -- came out from under the fancy tarps yesterday at the show. GM says it’ll get much better mileage than the previous version, which did 16 mpg in the city.

Many of the premier GM, Chrysler and Ford brands are now considered as reliable and well-engineered as European and Japanese performance cars -- and they tend to be cheaper.

Hybrid gas-electric car sales were up nearly 70 percent in the U.S. last year.

But automakers are also pushing higher fuel efficiency in conventional gasoline engines. They’re using lighter metals like aluminum, magnesium, and ultra-strong plastics. Also, there are ever-smarter computers in car engines that get more ‘oomph’ on a four-cylinder engine. Diesel vehicles, which can get better mileage and have become much more clean-running, are also gaining traction in the U.S. market.

One thing that’s changed from decades past, says auto analyst Paul Eisenstein atTheDetroitBureau.com: The domestic car market has become truly international.

“Does Detroit still matter as the dominant player in the U.S. auto industry?” asks Eisenstein. “No. There’s competition from all over the world that’ll continue to grow.”

But Eisenstein says there’s a flip side -- GM has to compete with Hyundai or BMW here. And those companies have to take the U.S. automakers seriously abroad.

“Chevy had record sales last year -- significant enough,” Eisenstein says. “But 60 percent of their volume took place overseas. And a good portion of that took place in all the emerging markets, like China, Brazil and Russia.”

Automakers could have record profits this year, and luxury cars are expected to fly off showroom floors. This year at the auto show new luxury models are on display from Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus, Infiniti, BMW, Bentley, Audi, Acura, and Maserati.

Germany’s BMW is predicting record sales again this year. Ford is predicting luxury sales will be up 7.5 percent this year -- almost double what the company anticipates for its mass-market models.

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Soundcheck

The Saga Of Strata Records

Friday, December 14, 2012

Record collector and music historian Amir Abdullah talks about researching -- and reissuing -- the music of Detroit's Strata Records. 

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