This American Life
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One of the most amazing audio programs I've ever experienced. TAL is fantastic and this is one of the best of the best. If you've ever wondered why the American Auto Industry is such a complicated problem, listen to this.
incredible ep: a must listen esp for Japanese car enthusiasts or anyone in manufacturing
Very insightful and moving piece about the transformation at NUMMI (GM and Toyota joint venture) in Fremont, CA. I was blown away by how broken GM's manufacturing processes and labor relations were and how Toyota was able to turn things around so quickly. The experiences described by the workers sent to Japan for training were amazing. GM did finally get it, but it took them a LONG time to realize and change.
This is a must hear for any Japanese car enthusiast or for those who have been burned by cars from the Big 3, in the past.