April 25, 2009 This may be the final weekend before Chrysler files for bankruptcy. The automaker and the government are negotiating with Chrysler's creditors over its future. And as they wait, some people in the auto industry's capital are thinking of their city's past.
April 24, 2009 Detroit is full of architectural ruins and abandoned houses, but some resourceful people are mining the city for profit. There's an architect couple who adapt and restore large buildings downtown, a company that strips buildings of their interior treasures and a real estate investor who rehabilitates houses and flips them.
April 23, 2009 As the Big Three automakers contract, the manufacturing base that supplies those automakers is being forced to adapt. Detroit Public Radio's Sarah Cwiek talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about one auto supplier that has diversified its business.
April 23, 2009 As Detroit's "Big Three" keep getting smaller, the challenge is to somehow create jobs as fast as the auto industry loses them. To do that, Michigan is making a series of bets on smaller companies like defense contractors and biotech firms.
April 22, 2009 Michigan, the national leader in recession, depends on an auto industry that will never be as big as it was. NPR reports on Detroit's desperate race to replace the jobs that the automakers eliminate.
April 22, 2009 As Michigan reels from the effects of a sagging auto industry, one city in the western part of the state offers a potential model for the future. Kalamazoo has produced everything from celery to corsets, and residents there consider diversification of industries to be key.