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Sunday, March 26, 2017

NPR Marketplace: When it comes to NAFTA and autos, the parts are well traveled

Mike Smitka
Washington and Lee University

On the Friday 24 March NPR Marketplace did an extensive story on automotive parts and NAFTA. For the show, go to When it comes to NAFTA and autos, the parts are well traveled on the Marketplace website.

Scott Tong put together the story, with travel to Ann Arbor. The story that aired featured extended pieces of interview with Dave Andrea of CAR (the Center for Automotive Research) and with Michael Smitka of Washington and Lee University. Scott did a very good job addressing a complex topic.

This is part of a longer Marketplace series NAFTA explained.

For the interview with me Scott was actually sitting in the back seat of the Honda CRV that he discussed with David. Scott skyped me on my computer, I recorded it on my iPhone and then sent the audio files to him. That process worked well, though I had on headphones to lessen feedback which in retrospect probably didn't improve the sound that much, but did make it harder for Scott to piece together the specific questions he was asking as there was no recording of that.