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MIDDAY WITH DAN RODRICKS

Listen live on WYPR 88.1 FM or online at wypr.org.  You can call during the show at 410-662-8780 or toll-free at 866-661-9309, or drop us an e-mail with brief comments or questions at midday@wypr.org.

Thursday, November 20
12:00-1:00 pm EST

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In 1952, Charles Wilson, the head of General Motors, said, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.”  Today the company that once proclaimed itself the heartbeat of America is in need of life support as it seeks a multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailout. My guests this hour have different views on saving the auto industry.

Steven Isberg

, left, professor of Finance at the University of Baltimore, says the Big Three need a market restructuring instead of a bailout, while

Jonathan Cohn

, right, senior editor of the

New Republic

, argues that a bailout is justified because the Big Three had been making progress in vehicle design just as credit vanished and the economy went south. Whether, or how, to keep the American auto industry on the road . . . after the news at noon from NPR.

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