Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton http://wnku.org en Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention http://wnku.org/post/recall-woes-push-along-gms-cultural-reinvention General Motors has announced a big hit to first-quarter earnings, largely due to costs for recalls. Profits dropped nearly 90 percent from last year, with the company making a razor-thin profit of $100 million, GM said Thursday.<p>Meanwhile, GM has yet to explain why it took 10 years to issue one of the recalls for a defective ignition switch. Some critics believe the automaker's dysfunctional culture is to blame.<p>But the recall crisis could speed up a culture shift that's already underway. <p><strong>Customer-Focused</strong><p>The old GM may have taken customers for granted. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 34961 at http://wnku.org Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention After Nearly Six Decades In Office, Dingell Decides Not To Run http://wnku.org/post/after-nearly-six-decades-office-dingell-decides-not-run John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history, announced he won't run in 2014. As Tracy Samilton reports, Dingell's state will lose more than an icon when he retires. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 32776 at http://wnku.org All Aboard! Real-Life Polar Express Chugs Through Michigan http://wnku.org/post/all-aboard-real-life-polar-express-chugs-through-michigan <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4OrzADVrjQ</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 30461 at http://wnku.org All Aboard! Real-Life Polar Express Chugs Through Michigan GM's New CEO Marks A Return To Tradition http://wnku.org/post/gms-new-ceo-marks-return-tradition Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And here's even bigger news from General Motors, it has chosen a woman as its next chief executive officer, a first in America's auto industry. She's an engineer at the company insider - which could be a lot more important to GM's future than her gender.<p>Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.<p>TRACY SAMILTON, BYLINE: Mary Barra follows in the wake of two CEOs from outside the auto industry. Dan Akerson ran a large private equity fund before taking the helm of GM. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:19:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 30243 at http://wnku.org Around The World, Ford's Mustang Fuels A Dream http://wnku.org/post/around-world-fords-mustang-fuels-dream Just about every Mustang owner has a story about how their love affair with the car began.<p>Laura Slider's story began the day a red Mustang appeared in the driveway across the street.<p>"I've wanted one ever since I was 15," she says. "It was owned by a very cute boy that I liked. And then we rode in it and it was very fast and sporty and fun and pretty, and I thought, I want one someday."<p>Now, decades later, she has one. And, yes, it's red.<p>On Thursday, Ford Motor Co. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 29997 at http://wnku.org Around The World, Ford's Mustang Fuels A Dream Museum Tries To Save The Plant Where Rosie Riveted http://wnku.org/post/museum-tries-save-plant-where-rosie-riveted The historic Michigan factory where the iconic Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built B-24 bombers during World War II could face the wrecking ball two months from now.<p>A modest nonprofit is trying to raise enough money to salvage some of the massive plant, which Ford sold to General Motors after the war. The Yankee Air Museum figures the factory is the perfect place to start anew, after a devastating fire destroyed its collections in 2004.<p>The huge hangar doors on the old Willow Run assembly plant are majestic in proportion. Sun, 04 Aug 2013 18:10:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 25779 at http://wnku.org Museum Tries To Save The Plant Where Rosie Riveted At Henry Ford's 150th Birthday Party http://wnku.org/post/henry-fords-150th-birthday-party Transcript <p>SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST: <p>Amid all the gloom in Detroit, some people were celebrating this weekend. It's the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company. There was a big party at the Ford Stage in Dearborn, and people gathered there to remember the inventor who, by the way, was known for his passion for folk dance. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton sent us this audio postcard.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The dance we'd like to show you is the schottische. It's a one-two-three-hop, four-five-six-hop. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 25535 at http://wnku.org EPA's Push For More Ethanol Could Be Too Little, Too Late http://wnku.org/post/epas-push-more-ethanol-could-be-too-little-too-late The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon issue a final ruling that aims to force oil companies to replace E10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol, with E15.<p>This move could come just as widespread support for ethanol, which is made from corn, appears to be eroding.<p>Mike Mitchell was once a true believer in ethanol as a homegrown solution to foreign oil imports. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:23:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 21408 at http://wnku.org EPA's Push For More Ethanol Could Be Too Little, Too Late Study To Test 'Talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers http://wnku.org/post/study-test-talking-cars-would-warn-drivers-unseen-dangers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j676bIqL4-8</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:50:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 14365 at http://wnku.org Study To Test 'Talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers States Ask Detroit: 'Build Us A Natural Gas Car, Please' http://wnku.org/post/states-ask-detroit-build-us-natural-gas-car-please More than 20 state governors are taking an unusual step to boost the natural gas vehicle industry. Independent of the federal government, they're asking Detroit carmakers to build them a new kind of car: a midsize sedan that runs on compressed natural gas instead of gasoline.<p>The governors are hoping to boost demand for natural gas cars with their collective buying power. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 08:57:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 13605 at http://wnku.org States Ask Detroit: 'Build Us A Natural Gas Car, Please'