In a long anticipated move, General Motors, the iconic American company that once dominated the global auto industry, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. Our guests include: David Metzger recently retired from a GM parts stamping plant in Ontario, Ohio, his father also worked there for 30 years and he's now the City Council President; Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit Bureau.com; Ron Poulin, who owns a Chevy dealership in New Hampshire; Maryann Keller, an independent auto industry analyst, and author of "Rude Awakening: The Rise, Fall and Struggle of General Motors," and "Collision: G.M., Toyota, Volkswagen and the Race to Own the 21st Century."
An Air France jet carrying 228 people on a flight from Rio De Janeiro to Paris disappeared after running into lightning and strong thunderstorms over the Atlantc Ocean. A search is underway. Americo Dos Santos, a Brazilian who is the BBC's Regional Executive Editor for the Americas, joins us from London with the latest.
At the "Time Dollar Youth Court" in Washington D.C. teenage defendants are tried by a jury of their peers - other teenagers. We speak with the founder of the Youth Court, Edgar Cahn, and staff member Toussaint Tingling-Clemmons.
Author Matthew Pearl weave historical fact with page-turning fiction, in his historical novel "The Last Dickens," about Charles Dickens' last US tour and the search for Dickens' unfinished last manuscript.
Music from the show
- Air, "Mike Mills"
- Tito Puente, "Royal T"
- Radiohead, "In Limbo"
- Sigur Ros, "Nybatteri"
- Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
This program aired on June 1, 2009.
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