Auto Industry Asks for Help : Planet Money On today's podcast, an economist breaks down how GM got in so much trouble. Plus, Simon Johnson makes a housecall in Detroit.
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Auto Industry Asks for Help

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Auto Industry Asks for Help

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Today on Planet Money:

We're all about the auto industry. President-elect Barack Obama wants to save them, but others aren't sure it's a good idea. We look into the problems at General Motors and hear from a listener on the ground in Detroit.

-- Kimberly Rodriguez, an economist with Grant Thorton LLP, says the U.S. automotive industry needs to survive.

-- Economist House Call! An auto worker in Detroit is nervous about the industry's future. Simon Johnson tells him to sit tight, for the moment.

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